This deserves its own thread, even though it is related to a prior news story. Apparently, being an idiot is no disqualification to being an ATF Agent, but why are the reporters not asking him to back up what he says? Link to ATF Agent is an Idiot The rising number of deaths by assault weapons reflects growing availability of the weapons and their elevation to a status symbol among gang members, said Carlos Baixauli, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "In the early '80s to '90s, it was more common to have a handgun in your waistband and the bigger the caliber, the more powerful you were," Baixauli said. "Now it's escalated to the assault weapons." Another issue potentially at play is the 2004 expiration of the federal assault weapons ban, 10 years after its passage. The legislation outlawed 19 types of guns, including the semiautomatic AK-47. The guns are readily available on streets, Baixauli said, or can be ordered by mail for under $200. Anything to create hysteria and get a new gun control law passed . . .