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Horowitz: Why aren’t there more federal agents like Brandon Garcia?

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Whether it’s the FBI, ATF, or IRS, do you believe an increase in budget and manpower will be used to go after truly violent and dangerous criminals or after political dissidents? Well, after reading the six-page resignation letter of Brandon M. Garcia, a career Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives special agent, there should be no doubt as to the motivation in hiring 87,000 new IRS agents and no doubt about what needs to be done to stop it. The bigger question is, if most of these agents are indeed patriots, as Garcia suggest, where the hell are they?

“I have just reached the point where I cannot, in good faith, support the direction this government is taking our country; specifically, the direction it is taking law enforcement,” began Garcia’s letter, which was provided to AmmoLand News. Garcia goes on to describe the phenomenon of anarcho-tyranny, in which law enforcement agencies are standing down in confronting the greatest threats to society while at the same time targeting political enemies of the Biden regime.

“We can probably agree that law abiding citizens do not commit gun crime. I think that we can probably also agree that the majority of gun owners tend to be more conservative than liberal. So essentially, gun control will only affect law abiding, conservative citizens. Therefore, the Government is only punishing the conservative population. Similarly, in the summer of 2020, rioters were allowed to burn cities, assault the police, and terrorize citizens with little to no consequence. However, the chaos associated with January 6 has resulted in hundreds and hundreds of prosecutions. The vast majority of the defendants have been convicted of simply being there. They didn’t even have pallets of bricks or frozen water bottles staged at the scene, let alone Molotov cocktails for them to throw at the police. Still, 18 months later, the left continues to be absolutely obsessed with it,” Garcia said.

Garcia notes that like other cops, ATF agents “never did this job because it was ‘fun.’” Their goal was to lock up violent criminals. “I have always said that I do this job for the mission, not the money. That mission used to be locking up violent criminals. I don’t know what the mission really is anymore, but I don’t like it.”

Specifically, he notes that the ATF has begun to focus on the gun and not the criminal. “Over the last couple of years, ATF has been spending a significant amount of time talking about and changing the course of this agency to focus on ‘the gun’. Frankly, I don’t really care about investigating the gun, I care about investigating the criminal, and then plucking that criminal out of society.”

Garcia also observes that 2021 was all about vaccination for his superiors at the ATF and that for the first time in his career, he was warned about facing criminal charges for lying about vaccination status.

Garcia also detects the hypocrisy between targeting political gun crimes and violent gun felons in blue cities, as I have chronicled often in this column:

This administration talks a lot about guns in the same sentence they talk about violent crime; however, they say nothing about holding people accountable for the crimes they commit (unless it supports their agenda). I agree that gun crime is out of control. But I also know there is a double standard that is being ignored. When horrible tragedies occur with firearms, the left seizes every opportunity to argue for gun control and the elimination of certain types of weapon systems. However, specifically in blue states, fewer and fewer defendants associated with gun crimes are actually sentenced to prison. Additionally, violent crimes committed with firearms are consistently pled down to non-violent crimes and the defendant again avoids prison. This is not unique to state prosecutors, the USAO does the same thing. If there is no consequence to committing a crime, then why would a criminal stop? If guns were banned, why would the criminals actually agree to abide by the law?

Which brings us back to the reconciliation bill, which funds the hiring of 87,000 IRS agents. Why are Republicans not even promising to hold up the budget bill to repeal the IRS provisions? Why aren’t Republican governors promising to shield their citizens from the coming onslaught?

Also, why aren’t there more federal law enforcement agents speaking out about the mission of law enforcement being transformed from targeting violent criminals to persecuting political dissidents? Moreover, Garcia’s letter reveals an incorrigible degree of rot within the federal government that will likely never be rectified with a GOP president. Washington is a lost cause. It’s time for states to begin interposing against federal tyranny.

This interposition is needed now more than ever. They are even turning Customs and Border Protection against the people. In a blood libel similar to the projection they engaged in after Jan. 6, DHS and DOJ are now warning against our side being angry about the FBI and how that can foster domestic terrorism.

"Last night, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice issued a Joint Intelligence Bulletin, accessible via the Homeland Security Information Network, providing information on the potential for domestic violent extremists to carry out attacks on federal, state, and local law enforcement and government personnel or facilities," CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus wrote in a memo to 60,000 employees last week. Federal agents were called upon to monitor the social media of political opponents of this regime.

How is this OK? It’s true that Rep. Jim Jordan is asserting that 14 FBI officials have come to him as whistleblowers, but why don’t we see a rebellion en masse from all of these federal agents? This is what CBP is focusing on as the border crisis – the agency’s core job – is worse than ever before?

Brandon Garcia is a patriot, but where are the others like him?

Until we see a change in mentality from the federal agents, we should no longer reflexively “back the blue” if they don’t back the Constitution. Defund, dismantle, repeal, and rebuild must be the rallying cry for any federal candidate running for election. As for the state governments – resisting tyranny is the imperative of the day.
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