“We’re the federal government,” Mountain Pure’s comptroller, Jerry Miller, says one pistol-packing fed told him. “We can do what we want, when we want, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
However — as my old friend and fellow columnist Quin Hillyer notes
— armed officers, if not Special Weapons and Tactics crews, populate
these federal agencies: the National Park Service; the Postal Inspection
Service; the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture,
Labor, and Veterans Affairs; the Bureaus of Land Management and Indian
Affairs; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Fish and Wildlife
Service. Even Small Business Administration and Railroad Retirement
Board staffers pack heat!
These “ninja bureaucrats,” as Hillyer calls them, run rampant. They,
and often their local-government counterparts, deploy weapons against
harmless, frequently innocent, Americans who typically are accused of
non-violent civil or administrative violations.
AND the misuse of SWAT teams, AND the "We're Easy Company assaulting the enemy!" mindset of too many badge-carriers nowadays. And so on.