Bureau of Bad Stuff


Am I the only one who thinks the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is humorous?  OK, so a bunch of bureaucrats were sitting around one day and decided they needed to create a new government organization to go after the bad guys.  One of them says, “Alcohol causes all kinds of problems.”  Another one chimes in, “Tobacco is addictive and bad.  We need to watch out for this boogie man too.”  A third says, “Yes, but guns kill people.  We definitely need specialists to focus on firearms.”  Years later, another guy points out that a bomb is not a firearm, but it is still very bad.  OK, so throw in explosives.  This is ridiculous for countless reasons, not the least of which is WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER BAD STUFF?!?  Why not throw in drugs, brass knuckles, and lawn darts (all very bad)?  Who decided which things were bad enough to be the focus of this bureau?!?  According to Wikipedia, over 5000 people work for this bureau, which has an annual budget of over $1 billion.  Why do we need a special bureau to handle something that laws, law enforcement, and the courts ought to handle?

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