A ... slight correction
Story here. ATF official announces 77 arrests in a gang sweep in Spokane, a roundup of "the worst, chronic offenders with ties to illegal firearms and violent crime."
Then spends two weeks evading reporters' questions. Because it turns out there were only 35 arrests, and they included ones for driving infractions and misdemeanors. Only one gun was seized in the "sweep."
"I guess he may have taken some liberties with how those numbers were represented," an ATF spokesman admitted.
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger...
Posted by: Robert at October 13, 2007 05:58 PM
Isn't that the same office that is harassing Ryan Horsely? Interesting speculation; perhaps our campaign to convince DOJ that they are wasting taxpayer money is actually working and they are eager to show they are going after criminals instead of harassing dealers.
But then again, I don't think I have that much faith that government bureaucrats actually give a crap enough.
Posted by: Sebastian at October 13, 2007 06:31 PM
What does any of that (except the 1 firearms related arrest - maybe?) have to do with the ATF or the federal government?
And why are my federal tax dollars being misappropriated to pay for overtime for the Spokane PD to do their job?
Posted by: Flighterdoc at October 14, 2007 07:13 AM
Well, when you consider that they've shut down so many licensed gun dealers, it's little wonder that they have plenty of agents standing around to divert to chasing down 17 year olds for driving without a license. A whopping big budget cut should help pare the redundancies.
Posted by: anon at October 14, 2007 02:28 PM
Simple answer; Tie the ATF budget to the number of dealers they oversee. Number of dealers goes down, the budget goes down.
Posted by: Jerry in Detroit at October 15, 2007 06:46 AM