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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dem Congressman blames "Fast and Furious" controversy...

Dana Mathewson suggests we all take a look at this.

The gall of these people is astonishing; after having been caught red-handed (including internal memos making it plain this is intended to provide a Reichstag-Fire excuse to clamp down on the Second Amendment) the Democrats are STILL blaming this on the right to bear arms!

From the article:

"(Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank)Johnson sung a different tune during the hearing, though, comparing the scandal to what he considers a surge in illegal gun sales to criminals.

After asking Holder for the specific number of guns the Justice Department and ATF helped smuggle into the hands of drug cartels — to which Holder responded there were about 2,000 — Johnson alleged that the “gun show loophole” was far worse.

“Now, how many firearms are sold to al-Qaida terrorists, to other convicted felons, to domestic violence perpetrators, to convicted felons, to white supremacists?” Johnson asked Holder. “How many unlicensed gun dealers, or let’s say, how many weapons, how many assault rifles let’s just say in a given year are sold to such individuals by unlicensed gun dealers at these gun shows and how many of those end up walking away to Mexico? Can you give us a number on that?”

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If ANYONE is selling guns to Al Qaeda it is the United States government. This government gave over two thousand weapons to some of the worst criminals in North America, and Hank Johnson is trying to blame gun shows!

But just minutes after defending Holder inside the Congressional investigation Johnson told the Daily Caller that this is "another manufactured controversy by the second amendment, NRA Republican tea party movement”. So, which is it? Either the Artful DOJer and his cabal of Keystone Cops walked the guns out or they didn't. How is it manufactured if in fact Fast and Furious saw over 2000 weapons handed over to drug cartels?

Here is another interesting defense by Rep. Johnson:

"Johnson also claimed that the Senate is to blame for operations like Fast and Furious because it’s been almost six years since Congress’ upper chamber confirmed a presidential nominee as the head of the ATF.

“Over the past five and a half years, we’ve had five acting directors of the ATF,” Johnson said. “The Senate’s failure and refusal to confirm a nominee for that important agency. What affect does that have on the ability of that agency to be guided in such a way so we can avoid situations like Fast and Furious?”

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Perhaps Mr. Johnson didn't get the memo; his own party has controlled the Senate for the last six years. Even if one were to blame the filibuster, it must be pointed out that the President for the last three years has been Barack Hussein Obama, who could easily send a confirmable candidate down. And what ever happened to THE BUCK STOPS HERE? Eric Holder is the boss,

And what of this? According to CBS News:

"ATF officials didn't intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called "Demand Letter 3". That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or "long guns." Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.

On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF's Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:

"Bill - can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks."

On Jan. 4, 2011, as ATF prepared a press conference to announce arrests in Fast and Furious, Newell saw it as "(A)nother time to address Multiple Sale on Long Guns issue." And a day after the press conference, Chait emailed Newell: "Bill--well done yesterday... (I)n light of our request for Demand letter 3, this case could be a strong supporting factor if we can determine how many multiple sales of long guns occurred during the course of this case."

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So, what Fast and Furious was angling for was to create a "crisis" and then demand reporting of gun sales to the government as a "solution". The gun sellers only sold these weapons because the BATF asked them to do so - often against their better judgement. This whole thing was dirty - and clearly coming from somebody upstairs in the Administration.

A Tea Party/NRA astroturf creations? Ri-ight!

These people are obscene.

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