Honestly, it really goes without saying that what Flatt did was really stupid. Anyone with a modicum of common sense knows that you probably should not drive around town with dangerous and illegal weapons and brag about it to federal agents. Granted, in this instance, there are probably some mental health issues that are going unaddressed, and if that is the case, Flatt should get some help. Nevertheless, no one should be doing this. The other thing that needs to be noted is the importance of the ATF in solving this case. Yes, the ATF is one of those bloated alphabet-soup agencies in Washington — full of unelected bureaucrats who make life more irksome for Americans. But the ATF does still serve a purpose. It does regulate dangerous substances and firearms and helps to ensure that those do not fall into the hands of bad actors. It was their regulations and their work that allowed police in Tennessee to catch Levi Flatt, potentially preventing a catastrophe. So, while it may be tempting to talk about defunding federal agencies, like the ATF, it is important to note that there would be a massive law enforcement gap without them. We do need these agencies from time to time to bring in bad actors. Perhaps it would be more productive to prune and reform them than to defund them. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
““Hey ATF, let me know if this legal. Uh, a pound of Tannerite, a pipe bomb, and a wine bottle full of diesel.”Authorities were able to identify the man as Levi Flatt.” Video leads to alarming discovery in Middle Tennessee: Pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails https://t.co/txNVhefMir — Denise ‘You have fouled your nest, not us’ (@thebax33) August 10, 2023