Following news that the Biden administration has armed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with 5 million rounds of ammunition, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has introduced a bill that would ban the agency from buying bullets.
This year alone, Gaetz told Fox News in June, the IRS has bought up $725,000 worth of ammunition.
“Call me old-fashioned,” he said at the time, “but I thought the heaviest artillery an IRS agent would need would be a calculator, not $725,000 worth of ammunition.”
Call me old-fashioned, but I thought the heaviest artillery an IRS agent would need would be a calculator, not $725,000 worth of ammunition. pic.twitter.com/ek11cFN8in
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 22, 2022
As American Wire reported, the Biden administration has an $80 billion, 10-year plan — part of the president’s “Inflation Reduction Act” — to hire thousands of new IRS agents in an effort to improve “taxpayer compliance” and ensure billionaires pay their fare share.
But even with what one can only assume are the never-ending needs of billionaires, the numbers don’t add up for PJ Media’s Kevin Downey Jr.
“If they are hiring 80,000 to look after the nation’s 736 billionaires, that’s roughly 108 agents per billionaire,” Downey writes. “Something tells me that’s not the case.”
Already, the IRS boasts 2,148 law enforcement officers; 4,461 weapons — including 15 fully automatic firearms; and the millions and millions of bullets, a report from the Government Accountability Office revealed.
According to Openthebooks.com CEO Adam Andrzejewski, the IRS is building a “federal arsenal.”
“Our data shows that the federal government has become a gun show that never adjourns. Taxpayers need to tell Washington that police powers belong primarily to cities and states, not the feds,” Andrzejewski told Florida’s The Center Square.
“After grabbing legal power, bureaucrats are amassing firepower,” he said. “It’s time to scale back the federal arsenal. Just who are the federal agencies preparing to battle?”
Regardless of the answer, Rep. Gaetz wants to be sure they can’t continue to stockpile the ammo with which to wage it.
BREAKING: Today I'm introducing the 'Disarm the IRS Act' of 2022 to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from acquiring, by purchase or otherwise, any ammunition after the bill’s enactment.https://t.co/hLUTMhoCAu pic.twitter.com/9Z243pPs3t
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) July 1, 2022
The “Disarm the IRS Act“, introduced by Rep. Gaetz and cosponsored by Republican Reps. Jeff Duncan (S.C.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), and Marjorie Taylor Green (Ga.), is about as simple as it can get in its language.
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law,” it reads, “the Internal Revenue Service may not acquire (by purchase or otherwise) any ammunition after the date of the enactment of this Act.”
“Biden wants to disarm Americans & arm the IRS,” tweeted Rep. Duncan. “Why is Biden trying to weaponize the IRS?”
“This is nothing new — the Obama White House did the same thing,” Duncan continued. “Why is it that every time Democrats are in control, they try to disarm Americans while arming agencies like the IRS?”
This is nothing new – the Obama White House did the same thing. Why is it that every time Democrats are in control, they try to disarm Americans while arming agencies like the IRS?
— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) July 7, 2022
Online, many Americans are praising the move by Gaetz.
“Bravo!” cheered one user. “This is an outrageous overstep of IRS mission and authority.
“Combining military might with revenue acquisition, do NOT sound like good ingredients for a free country,” noted another.
“Well if this doesn’t make you nervous,” stated a third.
Bravo! This is an outrageous overstep of IRS mission and authority https://t.co/itB7G8vkCr
— Culture. It's a verb. Make it Great (@CulturalCompass) August 4, 2022
Combining military might with revenue acquisition, do NOT sound like good ingredients for a free country.
— Bobski (@Bob02975739) August 3, 2022
Well if this doesn’t make you nervous..😳
— Sonie Thomas🇺🇸🗽⚖️❤️🇺🇸 (@SonieThomas2) August 3, 2022
The bill must first make it past the House Ways and Means Committee before it can be considered by the full House.
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