Re the 2nd paragraph in the original email attached below my opine:
"If I was still carrying a badge/gun/credentials, probably I'd do the same as the FBI; however, from a civilian viewpoint I am disconcerted, regardless of the intent, to hear that direct contacts by federal agents are being made seeking information (informants?) from Gun Clubs, stores, the 'shooting community', when at the same time, as reported by a local, that a Walmart employee said that all ammo sales were being reported to the FBI!
Both sources know the difference between the FBI, ATF, DHS or local 'JTTF', so apparently federal agents are abnormally soliciting "domestic terrorist" intel on all civilians, without profiling a target, and definitely outside any statutory directives that I've ever heard of. It's not only "terrorists" being monitored, it's you ...and it's happening not just in Connecticut & Utah, but right here in Southern California too!" -- rfh
"The sun hangs low on the horizon." -- GB (2009)
"Arm your self with the ballot, while you still have arms." -- rfh
I wonder if the federal bureaucracy today keeps as good a set of records on you as the Gestapo did on its subjects?
If you read the example flyer, you will see that it describes the very items that the 'disarm Americans' zealots (SPLC, IANSA, liberal Democrats, 'do-gooders') want regulated out of civilian access, it describes, nearly verbatum/item-for-item from proposed ATF regulations.
Some of the vague 'suspicious activity' described in the flyer, matches what several states & the DHS, a couple of years back, tried to keep hidden from public scrutiny, ... how to identify/classify someone as being a 'domestic terrorist.' Note: I'm not talking about mid-East ones nor their home-grown fellow travelers!
It won't be long before every thing about you is known, maybe even more than you know about yourself, that'll be needed by a run-away bureacracy to authorize/sanction actions/or use against you as it sees deems necessary for 'the good of the State.'
I say to the 'do-gooders' behind what o'who? calls his 'under the radar' strategy, ...be careful, be very careful what you wish for. Once the powers you seek are implemented by enforcers, the 'unintended consequences' of the application of that power usually rides roughshod over everyone and liberals & the 'intelligencia' are usually the 1st to be rounded up.
Remember ...fences work both ways.
From: NRA ILA Alerts Sent: Friday, May 27, 2011 Subject: Gun Ownership Skyrockets, While Violent Crime Drops -Again
NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT, Vol. 18, No. 21; 05/27/11
This week, the FBI estimated that the number of violent crimes decreased 5.5 percent from 2009 to 2010, including a 4.4 percent decrease in the number of murders. Because the U.S. population increased during the period, the figures imply that the total violent crime per capita rate and the murder rate decreased more than six percent and five percent, respectively. Based upon the preliminary data, it appears that violent crime fell to a 37-year low and murder fell to a 47-year low. The FBI will report final figures for 2010 later this year.
We're repeating ourselves, but, as has been the case for quite a while, the decrease in crime coincided with an increase in the number of privately owned guns - particularly handguns and detachable magazine semi-automatic rifles. For example, Americans bought over 400,000 AR-15s in 2009, and trends in AR-15 sales over the last few years suggest a similar number for 2010.
Those who have followed the gun control issue for a few years probably have noticed that with crime declining and gun numbers rising year after year, gun control groups have all but abandoned their previously perennial claims that more guns equal more crime. Even their friends in the news media don't believe it anymore. The Violence Policy Center and, breaking with past habit, the Brady Campaign didn't even try to claim that the decrease in crime in 2010 was attributable to gun control.
Since the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is responsible for enforcing federal gun laws, dealers and other federal firearm licensees typically contact that agency (or state or local police) when they encounter suspicious customers. So, it raised eyebrows when the FBI began circulating flyers in gun shops and ranges, encouraging owners of those businesses to report suspicious customers to "your local Joint Terrorism Task Force" instead.
The flyers ( << click to see an example) first appeared in Connecticut, with a revised version appearing more recently in Utah.