197

One hundred ninety-seven. That’s the number of United States Representatives who have signed on as co-sponsors to H.R. 4900, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2007. Just a week and a half ago, I was pleased that the number had reached one hundred sixty-five. Another thirty-two, in ten days, is quite encouraging. Assuming the sponsor and all the co-sponsors vote for it, the bill would need only twenty more votes to pass in the House.

Would “Modernizing and Improving” the BATFE prevent another David Olofson outrage? In all honesty, I don’t really believe it could. The culture of institutional arrogance and power lust is probably too deeply ingrained in that agency for some additional legislative oversight to overcome, which is why I think the JPFO has the right idea for the only real way to “improve” the BATFE.

Still, any measure that forces the bastards to work harder in order to be able to impose their evil will on the people is a step in the right direction. If your United States Representative is not on the list, keep badgering him/her–he or she works for you–a concept too many politicians (and voters, for that matter) seem to forget.

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3 Responses to “197”

  1. Crotalus Says:

    Giving the BATFEces the boot isn’t enough. John Ross, author of “Unintended Consequences”, had it right. His FBI character realized that Henry Bowman wanted the gov’t out of the gun regulation business. And so must we. Giving the BATFEces the boot won’t change a thing if its duties are reassigned to the Fibbies or some other gov’t agency. The gov’t must be made to get out of the gun regulation business altogether.

  2. 45superman Says:

    No argument here–I guess I’ve just built up more personal animosity for the BATFE than I have for any other fe(de)ral agency.

  3. straightarrow Says:

    Abolition of the agency and prison time for ALL its employees, even the damn janitor.

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