No, the BATFE isn't at all like the IRS. The IRS has strict codes that reflect laws passed by congress.
The BATFE has strict codes that are nebulous and barely resemble laws passed by congress, as has been proved many, many times in the past few decades in courts of law. But the BATFE still continues in contempt of the courts of law of the land, as congress is too limber of wrist to wrest control of the rather controversial "firearms issue".
You are incorrect that the federal government may indefinitely suspend constitutional rights, that was proved all the way back during the civil war. Stop listening to propaganda and learn the history of our nation. Though, it WILL cost you money to fight the BS in court, unless you get a pro bono attorney... :/
Hence, it is NOT "exactly what they are doing". Besides, don't you know where the National Guard armories are? Don't you think your National Guard neighbors won't protect the PEOPLE over the "totalitarian regime"? Don't you think that your MILITARY, sons, daughters, neighbors, cousins, etc, won't do the very same thing?
Lemme give you a hint. I retired from the military after over 27 years of combined service time. I've served with COMBINED forces deployed, NONE would support such a regime at all, from the four star General down. Any order to do so would be an unlawful order and could legally be disobeyed, starting at the General level.
Now, stop paying attention to BS about the terrorists coming across our southern border. Yes, some COULD get through, with the cloths on their backs and a small backpack that contained a lot of water. No nukes, they weigh a LOT more than anyone could carry across a desert, let alone the very border. Think 90 pounds minimum in a desert. Major sucksville that would kill you quickly.
Not to mention setting off all manner of sensors that were installed LONG ago before 9-11 and have since been upgraded at major crossing points and other classified points. Besides, let's review the CAUSE of this war. NO terrorists came through the southern border, they came in on visas. Should we stop all visa? Only SOME visas and embark with trade wars that would naturally result?
Your notion that we're curtailing our "God given constitutional rights" is the purest, distilled bull**** on rye I've ever witnessed (far too many times). We curtailed constitutional rights more times over our national history than we've RESPECTED them. The Whiskey Rebellion for starters, it went downhill to a lowest during the McCarthy bull**** and the House Un-American Activities Committee (A more aptly name cannot exist, as they espoused EVERYTHING un-American and everything Fascist (interesting, as we fought a major war AGAINST fascists)).
Funny how you object about abandoning constitutional rights, yet want to profile, which is directly against the fourth amendment AND the fourteenth amendment. Or do LEO's today now only respect the first two amendments? Seriously, let me know if I have to stop speaking with all of my LEO buddies I've made over the years or need to educate them, if they have your very same view.
You can profile based upon BEHAVIOR, not race, color or religion.
Hell, if you saw my facebook picture, you'd not even want to speak nice to me, you'd be insulting me, as my wife took my picture from a Skype call when I returned to my quarters during a sandstorm, wearing the only sensible thing that also mixed with the local populace where I was deployed, my "tablecloth", with my "halo" (something my Arabian speaking translator jokingly called it to me, as he was half Saudi, half US citizen). Dust masks clogged within 5 minutes and left that frigging dust stuck to the skull like concrete dust.
Want a laugh? Today, I read a story about a man who got 5 years probation for multiple firearms violations (including possessing an unlawful silencer), threatening civilians with a firearms and keeping our entire county LEO's busy for the best part of a day, counting our reaction team (aka SWAT). It turned out that he possessed multiple firearms, which have since been duly confiscated and had fired at LEAST 60 shots "in the air, as a warning", due to paranoid delusions.
As he as rights, even if insane, he is released to my mild discomfort. I'd be FAR more comfortable if I KNEW his name was in the national database as known insane and prohibited a firearm. I'd even go for mandatory confinement until the mental health care professionals ARE SURE, as in legally culpable for damages sure, that he's safe.
Instead, he's allowed to walk the streets and we HOPE that Pennsylvania, for once, keeps up to date with the mental health assessment flags in the national database.
One of his "evil weapons" (per the press) was an AK47. Bad news in the hands of a lunatic.
Great in the hands of law abiding citizens (that is near last on my list to acquire firearms, as I rather liked the AK series that I fired on active duty when they were, erm, acquired).
To be honest, I am *REALLY* happy with our current handgun laws. I'd even say that semi-automatic rifles that can accept magazines over 20 rounds should be registered like a handgun.
That is the trade off we accept as reasonable precautions to protect OUR POPULACE. People LEO's swear to protect, as well as our military (I actually READ my oath of enlistment, every time I re-enlisted during my career. I also read our ENTIRE constitution, with amendments, every year of my service).
THAT is reasonable.
Outlawing a specific firearm that isn't destructive or fully automatic isn't. Though, I'm dubious about the 1985 limitation, as THAT appears unconstitutional.
I have zero heartburn over title II, as it currently stands OTHERWISE.
In short, I'm COMPLETELY second amendment, I'm also reasonable in precautions to protect the society and nation.
Not personally interested in acquiring class 3 weapons, but also know and respect the rights thereof of those who DO possess them.
I AM alarmed over some suggestion about evil "sniper systems" that briefly glanced off of the news. ESPECIALLY as NONE of the suggested systems, such as the .50 Barrett was EVER involved in ANY crime in the nation.