2 years, 8 months ago
Nearly 40 law enforcement officers converged Tuesday on the property of a Franklin County man whose business partner was shot to death in January in a homicide that continues to trouble investigators.
U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents supervised the raid geared at finding explosives used by Kyle Myers, 26, because the ATF believes Myers may be violating a federal law regulating such explosives, according to ATF spokesman Richard Coes.
Federal agents, accompanied by Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and deputies with the sheriff’s offices in Franklin and Hart counties, raided the Royston residence of Myers. Authorities also raided on Tuesday the 60-acre farm of Lamar Myers, Kyle’s father, in Lavonia.
No arrests were made, nor did Coes know if any explosives were seized.
“The idea at one of the locations was to take firearms, but they did not do that,” Coes said.
But it gets more stupid yet.
“If it ever came to doing something outside of our legal boundaries, we would then work with someone who was legally authorized to do it in an approved location,” she said about handling guns, explosives and equipment.
Under ATF regulations it is illegal to manufacture, sell, distribute, transport or even own explosives without a federal explosives license. However, in the FPSRussia videos Myers uses Tannerite, an explosive civilians can buy, own and use without a license.
Tannerite is legal because it’s labeled as a binary compound, meaning a pre-packaged product consisting of two separate components. This does not fit the ATF’s definition of “Explosives.”
When Guns.com talked to the ATF about this incident the ATF spokesman Richard Coes said he didn’t know why ATF agents suspected Myers of wrongdoing. However, he told local media that “the claim is that he was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube.”
Wandel expanded on that concept saying, “It’s difficult for people to understand how [Myers] makes a living off of a monetized Youtube channel.”
Tannerite. Remember WRSA reaction to tannerite?
Hold me close, Uncle Bob — I’m a-skeered.
But sad to say, it gets even more stupid than that (I know, that’s hard to fathom).
Understanding how Youtube channels make money is a mystery to a lot of people, but in a nutshell when a channel is monetized, meaning ads run on it, money comes with popularity (i.e. a lot of views). The more views, the more ads, the more ads, the more money.
Myers is 26 years old and lives a financially comfortable life by making videos where he shoots guns and blows stuff up, or, more to the point, does stuff people want to see. The FPSRussia channel is just shy of 4 million subscribers and half a billion views.
Not only did these imbeciles issue a warrant to search the premises for “possible” violations, not only did these imbeciles use 40+ agents, but these imbeciles don’t understand how YouTube works.
Ads. Read it, ATF. Ads.
What a collective group of outright imbeciles. The ATF is a bunch of worthless, meaningless, do-nothing morons who waste our tax dollars and their time. Hand them their pink slips – each and every one of them.
I see cost savings!