Just so we are clear, this is not my find. I was alerted to this story by America’s Watchtower as I was browsing my normal morning reading. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, better known as the ATF, is acting like so many of the other government agencies under President Obama. They are ignoring court orders and doing whatever they want to do. Come to think of it, that sounds just like the President himself.
Here’s what has happened. The ATF was going after Ares Armor for allegedly selling illegal gun parts. The parts in question are polymer 80 percent lower receivers that can be used to build your own firearm. Ares Armor knew they were coming, but disputed the allegations that the receivers were illegal. They asked the court to stop the raid until it could be determined if the receivers were, in fact, illegal. The court issued an order to the ATF, telling them to hold off on the raid until the matter was settled. Ares Armor had locked the receivers in a closet and were not selling them to the public until the court settled the issue. The ATF ignored the court order and raided four Ares Armor stores, with guns drawn and during business hours.
Now, as Paul Harvey used to say so well, here is the rest of the story. The receivers that were locked in the closet were not the only items seized by the ATF. No, they were after much more than that. Pay attention to the part I have emphasized.
Fox 5 San Diego – With a search warrant in hand, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confiscated computers, customer lists and the questionable polymer 80 percent lower receivers from four Ares Armor store locations throughout San Diego County over the weekend.
Am I the only one who thinks it is significant that the ATF seized the customer lists from these Ares Armor stores? If you do not, then consider this from the same story.
“If anybody is a criminal organization that should be investigated, I think they should look in the mirror. We gave them a black eye publicly,” Karras said. “They tried to do an underhanded deal with us. They said, ‘Hey hush, hush. Keep it secret and nobody’s going to know that we took the customer list from you. Nobody’s going to know we took this from you.’
If seizing the customer lists is no big deal, then explain to me why the ATF tried to get Ares Armor to stay silent and not tell anyone about the lists? It is a big deal because the customer lists are probably one of the reasons they raided the stores in the first place. But, they didn’t want us to know that, preferring us to believe they were really after the polymer receivers. Just like so many other government agencies, they would rather we not know their true purpose. I am a good speller and this spells INTIMIDATION in all caps.
Remember how President Obama ignored the court order to lift the moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico early in his presidency? Since then, we have seen a string of instances where the Obama administration has ignored what the courts have ordered them to do, unless it suited their purposes to do otherwise. This latest move by the ATF is just another example of an administration gone wild and doing their own thing. Never mind if it hurts America or her citizens. They have a higher purpose, such as restricting our 2nd Amendment rights and making sure we know our proper place.
This is the America we probably deserve because so many of us ignored the facts about Obama and voted him into the White House. Not once, but twice. Gee, thanks to the rest of you who voted for him. What would we ever do without you?