Letter: Why so many armed federal agents?

April 24, 2014 

As to recent events in Nevada: I've heard the comparisons of the vigor the Bureau of Land Management is willing to enforce property rights compared with our federal government's lack of enthusiasm when it comes to border security, and my question is this: Why is the BLM so heavily armed? Or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, for that matter? Is it now accepted that armed agents will be sent to your door in the event that your property or sovereignty rights are in litigation? Is it only a matter of time before the Food and Drug Administration and Child Protective Services have an armed division? Do they already?

I have tremendous respect for our law enforcement community. They risk their lives every day. However, as noble a calling as that public service is, there remains a real responsibility. If you're willing to assume the mantle of defense of the public good, you're expected to use your judgement as well. If you're willing to wield the right to deprive someone of their property and possibly their lives, it should be understood that the phrase: "I was just doing my job" is no excuse.

This time no blood was shed in Nevada. It is my hope that every federal agent considers the lessons of Nuremburg.

JEREMY OWEN, Kennewick

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