BATF Afraid Of Ninja’s Real Ultimate Power

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is lame sometimes, and by lame I mean totally stupid.


1) The BATF are mammals.
2) They’re idiots ALL the time.
3) The purpose of the BATF is to flip out and arrest people.

Okay, seriously, though… there’s the link above for anyone who wants to go register, but I’ll just repost the article.

Federal agents at the University of Georgia for a training exercise Tuesday mistook a ninja-costumed college student as an armed threat, chased him and pinned the sophomore to the ground.

Now, Jeremiah Ransom and his parents are considering filing a complaint against the agents or the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.

“We’re going to talk to a lawyer and see what they recommend,” said Ransom, who was cleared of suspicion shortly after the incident.

Ransom was jogging in a ninja costume to meet some friends at Snelling Dining Hall after attending a “spirit week” event at the Wesley Foundation, the campus Methodist organization, where students were encouraged to dress as pirates or ninjas, he said.

ATF officers claimed Ransom was concealing his identity – dressed in black sweatpants, a black T-shirt, a red headband and a red bandanna across the lower half of his face, said UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson.

State law bans people from hiding their identity to commit a crime, but wearing party masks in public is not illegal.

ATF agents were at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Monday and Tuesday training university and county police officers about weapon detection including recognizing different types of weapons, how to trace firearms and how they are hidden, Williamson said.

During a lunch break, plainclothes ATF and Athens-Clarke police officers saw Ransom, thought he might be carrying a gun and after hearing nearby police sirens, chased Ransom down in front of the dining hall, according to a UGA police report.

UGA police then were called to the scene to find Ransom “face down on the sidewalk” – pinned to the ground by ATF and Athens-Clarke police officers, according to the report.

Vanessa McLemore, special agent in charge at the Atlanta Field Division of the ATF, said the agents had seen Ransom “doing quick peeks” from behind a pole and after the sirens sounded, “took off running at an accelerated speed.”

ATF officers then pursued Ransom, shouting “police stop, police stop,” McLemore said.

Ransom said he wasn’t running fast or from the sirens, he didn’t hear anyone shouting “police” and only stopped when he saw about four people pointing guns at him.

“They told me to freeze, but I thought it was one of my friends messing with me,” Ransom said.

Yeah… so anyway, I’m glad that our fine young BATF officers are protecting us from all those dangerous ninjas lurking in the shadows, waiting to flip out and kill people.


Stuart Richards

Stuart Richards is a 26-year-old land surveyor based out of Portland, OR. He is a left-leaning geolibertarian and (theologically) liberal Christian, and has been blogging on and other libertarian sites since 2004.

  1. >>State law bans people from hiding their identity to commit a crime>The purpose of the BATF is to flip out and arrest people.

  2. For some reason, when I click “submit” it doesnt post my ENTIRE comment, and when I try again, it wont let me. Ah well. Good post!

  3. I thought federal law enforcement agencies enforced federal law. What are they doing getting involved in a state law violation which turned out not to be a violation after all?

    The federal law enforcement gestapo at its best.

    It is a matter of time before another Waco or Ruby Ridge. Where is the ACLU when Second Amendment rights are violated? The “ninja” was taken down because he might have been armed. Hell, I guess I might be taken down one day because I might saw off a shotgun.

    Stephen V., I hope I don’t have any problems from this comment but I am still mad about my incident.

  4. We should set a day to all wear ninja costumes and see how many of us get taken down…it would create awesome publicity against gov agencies.

  5. Y’know, Nigel, that’s a disturbingly potentially effective tacic right there.

    ‘specially if you notify local media sources *BEFOREHAND*