Rep. Jeff Duncan wants to know why IRS law enforcement agents are training with AR-15 rifles.I have known about this for many years. One of the low lights of my career came when I gave some door-kicking training to one of the IRS SWAT teams. They had all the gear and none of the skills necessary. This is another symptom of the militarization of law enforcement in this country, and even worse the empowerment of bureaucracy with the ultimate tools of the state. Comply or we will kill you.
As chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, Duncan (R-S.C.) toured a federal law enforcement facility in late May and noticed agents training with the semi-automatic weapons at a firing range. They identified themselves as IRS, he said.
“When I left there, it’s been bugging me for weeks now, why IRS agents are training with a semi-automatic rifle AR-15, which has stand-off capability,” Duncan told POLITICO. “Are Americans that much of a target that you need that kind of capability?”
I can say that I didn't do anywhere near as good a job training the IRS folks as I could have. Mainly it involved trying to get them to stop forming the semi-circle of death and shooting each other. Plus stopping all of them from yelling conflicting instructions at the same time to the people they were trying to arrest. I also audited their gear and levied a tax on several items I had a better use for than they did. Fair is fair.