Note: for the "gun folks" A little more light on the "under the
radar", and probable motivation for F&F.
Just keep in mind, unlike many other government scandals, this one
has left hundreds of people dead.
American and Mexican.
Holder tells Congress the Obama administration wants to ban guns
By Chris Cox
Published: 9:29 AM 02/08/2012 | Updated: 4:47 PM 02/08/2012
Last Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to answer questions
about his role in the deadly "Fast and Furious" gun-running scandal.
However, instead of answers, Congress got more defiance, more
arrogance, and more wasted time with an attorney general who clearly
feels no sense of obligation to the American people or our rule of law.
But for all the stonewalling, there was at least one telling moment
at this hearing, and it should concern law-abiding gun owners and all
Americans who expect accountability from our government.
In a rash attempt to deflect attention away from himself and his own
irresponsibility, Holder let Congress know that the Obama
administration is still working toward the day when it can reinstate
former President Bill Clinton's so-called "assault weapons" ban.
According to Holder:
This administration has consistently favored the reinstitution
of the assault weapons ban. It is something that we think was useful
in the past with regard to the reduction that we've seen in crime,
and certainly would have a positive impact on our relationship and
the crime situation in Mexico.
It's difficult to follow Holder's logic here, but it goes something
like this …
The Obama administration — particularly Eric Holder's Justice
Department — oversaw an epic scandal whereby our own federal
government illegally funneled thousands of firearms into the hands of
Mexican drug lords. This contributed to the death of one U.S. Border
Patrol agent and hundreds of Mexicans.
Despite being head of the Justice Department and our nation's chief
law enforcement officer, Eric Holder claims he doesn't know how or
why this scandal occurred, or even who under his charge may have
authorized it. He also refuses to turn over critical documents to
congressional investigators that could help prevent something this
tragic and corrupt from ever happening again.
Therefore, Obama and Holder are confident that if they can ban a
large number of the legal firearms that law-abiding Americans use
every day for self-defense, hunting, and recreational and competitive
target shooting, it will help solve Mexico's crime problem.
What's particularly galling about Holder's shallow and illogical
attempt to use "Fast and Furious" to further the Obama
administration's gun-ban agenda is that during the same hearing, he
lectured Congress for playing political "gotcha" games in an election
Amazingly, Holder seems incapable of understanding that this isn't a
Republican or Democratic issue, it's an American issue, and all
Americans deserve to know how and why their government purposefully
allowed thousands of guns to flow into the hands of murderous Mexican
drug cartels. The family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry deserves
to know why two of these guns were found at the scene of Terry's murder.
Eric Holder's Justice Department oversaw this illegal operation, but
all Holder is willing to do is call for gun bans on law-abiding
Americans, withhold critical information from Congress, and pat
himself on the back for a job well done. As Holder told Congress on
Thursday: "I'm proud of the work that I've done as attorney general
of the United States, and looked at fairly, I think I've done a
pretty good job."
Eric Holder has long since proved himself inept and incapable of
holding the trust that Americans place in our nation's chief law
enforcement officer. The longer Holder refuses to step down as
attorney general, the more lasting his damage to this sacred
institution will be.
Chris W. Cox is the executive director of the National Rifle
Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) and serves as
the organization's chief lobbyist.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/08/holder-tells-congress-