A Utah congressman has proposed legislation to protect the American people from something that may not exist. But, because Rep. Chris Stewart's bill includes a command that an independent body ferret out the truth about the alleged pandemic of federal SWAT teams, it is probably worth passing into law.
Stewart's "Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act," introduced Monday, carries some baggage of its own.
For one thing, the bill seems a response to the recent standoff between the federal Bureau of Land Management and Nevada scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy. By reacting to that sorry affair with a bill that would take heavy weaponry (which they may not have had in the first place) away from those who are enforcing federal law, while expressing no concern about the assault weapons brandished by those who were proud to help Bundy violate a valid court order, Stewart treads frighteningly close to encouraging further rebellion on the part of those who have no respect for the law to begin with.