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June 11, 2013 - 4:11 pm

The “tell us more” tweet of the evening from South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan, a member of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees:

He hasn’t elaborated yet.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I have a lot of trouble with any federal agency other than the USCG, Border Patrol, US Marshals, and FBI having arrest powers. Any of the rest can make a referral to the US Attorney. Two things greatly contribute to the government's ability to abuse power; lawyers qua lawyers employed in the operating agencies and the operating agencies having independent law enforcement powers. Those agency lawyers are a perfect conduit for WH lawyers to work bad acts with the agencies and keep it all covered by attorney - client privilege. Policy and political discussions won't survive much scrutiny by honest courts, but it takes time and money to pierce the asserted privilege and the time bought might just get you past an election.
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There is little room for the Federal government to complain about armed citizens when we find the government is so heavily armed itself.
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Dead people can't complain to their representatives, but the two-fer is, they can vote Democratic.

DING...DING....DING!
We have a winner.
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What's scary is the fact that the IRS has guns (emphasis added). Think about it: Their work is done in an office and before the courts. If they should need to seize assets, then that should be turned over to the U.S. Marshals since such an action should be based on a court's ruling. The IRS is way too powerful. America should not have paramilitary forces for the purpose of exacting tribute out of the citizenry. That agency needs to be disarmed and its mission should be re-focused through legislation so that its efforts encourage WILLFUL compliance, not forced compliance.
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Billions of rounds of Federally 'commandeered' JHP ammo, bought at taxPayers expense, must be disposed of. Young testosterone filled, party affiliated Bureaucrats, brandishing sophisticated weaponry denied to the commoners, Must have an outlet. Focus could easily one day be directed upon political 'dissidents' such as Tea Party soft targets. Collateral damage is to be expected of course. Alb NM PD received their DHS mandated/supplied mobile 'crowd control' Observation platforms this year. They eerily look like the Deer Shooting platforms.... used for Hunting. How convenient.
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What "billions of rounds"? Are you still believing that debunked rumor?
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I'm getting pretty tired of reading about every govt department possible having their own armed forces! Hillary has her army, although they seem to engage in raping and pillaging more than actual war! Then there's ATF, Dept. of Ed....this is not good.
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Training for further action against the evil Tea Party?
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You bet some agents of the IRS are armed. I was a federal prosecutor for many years and worked with many IRS agents. (I even went to the gun range with them.) And it's absolutely true that agents of the Criminal Division of the IRS (as opposed to Revenue Agents, which is what most "IRS agents" are) are armed. And, yes, the IRS has a SWAT-type team in every office, and have agents trained to carry paramilitary weaponry such as what the poster saw. But I'm betting they were M-16/M-4s, not ARs. IRS agents routinely assist in running arrest or search warrants in those cases in which they are participating in joint investigations along with other federal agencies such as the DEA or FBI.
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The IRS should not have SWAT teams in ANY of its offices, including under the Criminal Division or even the agents of the Inspector General! The fact that they "assist" in joint investigations is hardly justification for them to be armed or even to participate in the execution of arrests or search warrants. These activities should be done by the U.S. Marshals. Far too many federal agencies have overly armed, paramilitary arms that have been built under flimsy justifications as to their "law enforcement missions." The IRS doesn't even need security guards: the Federal Protective Service's contract guards provide that for federal buildings. The IRS needs to be disarmed altogether.
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There's always a justification, and the forest is missed in the plethora of trees.
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I agree. I doubt very much that the IRS voluntarily restricts itself to semi-automatic weapons only, as the rest of us must do.
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Well, it worked for wicked Prince John.Where is Robin Hood now that we need him?
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