“Fast and Furious” Investigation Sources at Townhall.com

“Fast and Furious” Investigation Sources at Townhall.com

Townhall.com provides many helpful reports and news information about the “Fast and Furious” Gunrunning scandal.

One of the latest reports is about the ATF agent, Vince Cefalu, who became the whistleblower on what was going on. He recently spoke in Tucson about Fast and Furious, and the larger problem of a corrupt government.

Tucson, Ariz.-The Canyon Del Oro High School auditorium in Tucson, Ariz. was packed full of at least 500 people last night as anxious tea party members waited to hear from ATF whistleblower Vince Cefalu, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar about the Obama Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious. The theme of the night? Accountability.

“The only thing I have ever asked is to put all the cards on the table. Tell the truth,” ATF whistleblower Vince Cefalu said.

Cefalu was heavily involved in Operation Fast and Furious and has been an ATF agent for over 20 years. He has watched the bureau become a political entity rather than fulfilling its obligations as a law enforcement agency.

“We should not concern ourselves with any administration’s agenda,” Cefalu said. “It [Operation Fast and Furious] defies logic, common sense, it defies our core beliefs, our training and our experience as ATF agents.

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read about Cefalu’s meeting in Tucson

“Fast and Furious” news and reports at Townhall.com

Eric Holder, Attorney General, Re-opens Investigation of Shooting Death of Federal Prosecutor Wales

Eric Holder, Attorney General, Re-opens Investigation of Shooting Death of Federal Prosecutor Wales

Why is Eric Holder re-opening the unsolved shooting death of Thomas Wales, a federal prosecutor, who was killed in October 2001. The case is ten years old.

Some believe it is to deflect the growing investigation of the failed Fast and Furious Gunrunning operation, something which has now grown into a scandal and is being investigated by Congress.

Read Dave Workman’s thoughts about the purpose of the investigation.

University of Oregon Campus Hand Gun Ban is Overturned by Court of Appeals

University of Oregon Campus Hand Gun Ban is Overturned by Court of Appeals

You can read the news report at the link below, but I have quoted a few relevant paragraphs, and frankly, I’m encouraged that the Court has ruled in favor of the rule of law.

The Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation filed the suit against the school. Their web site link is below.

Visit Oregon Firearms Education Foundation site

The court ruled that while the State Board of Higher Education has authority to control and manage its property and to enact administrative rules, it cannot override a state law that says only the Legislature can regulate the use, sale and possession of firearms.

The university system rule that bans guns on university property “exceeds the agency’s authority,” the court wrote. The gun ban was developed in the 1970s and modified in 1991.

Read more here

Gun Rights and Property Rights – Gun Owner with All the Government Permits Shoots Gun on His Property

Gun Rights and Property Rights – Gun Owner with All the Government Permits Shoots Gun on His Property

But, the neighbors who built homes in the area, well after this property owner was there are now complaining, and they want the government to stop him.

What do you think?

The reader comments on the article bring up some good points.

Read story at CharlotteObserver

Fast and Furious – Forbe’s article compares this to Nixon’s Watergate

Fast and Furious – Forbe’s article compares this to Nixon’s Watergate

Nixon was impeached because of his involvement with and then subsequent attempted cover-up of Watergate. Forbes speculates that the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal and ongoing investigation just might be Obama’s Watergate. When you read this article you will see how big the problem really is for the President.

Great background and investigation of Fast and Furious at Forbes

Fast And Furious Investigation – Where Will This End for Obama?

Fast And Furious Investigation – Where Will This End for Obama?

The news on Fast and Furious is not looking good for the Obama administration, the DOJ, the ATF, and anyone else involved in this operation. It appears from the following FoxNews interview of Senator Grassley that several people are stonewalling and lying about their involvement and knowledge about what is clearly a criminal activity.

See more comments about what is happening

IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms) – 2010 Annual Report

IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms) – 2010 Annual Report

A brief report on various IANSA activities. One part of the report is an interview with an IANSA member in the the Phillipines. One of the questions asked and her response follows:

Q. Why should women be involved in small arms control and disarmament processes?
A. Women suffer the effects of the lack of controls on the arms trade and bear the brunt of the emotional and socio-economic consequences of gun violence. Sexual gender based violence committed in various parts of the world in both nonconflict and conflict settings tells us that they are targeted because of their sex. In the Philippines, the National Police have reported that a woman is raped every two and a half hours, often at gunpoint.

Women should be involved in small arms control and disarmament processes because they have the skills and the experience to do so, not only because UN Security Council Resolution 1325 mandates that they have greater participation in peacebuilding processes. In the Philippines, and I assume in many parts of the world, women already work on the issue of gun control by campaigning for the safe storage of weapons, participating in weapons destructions, educating the public on the risks of having guns at home, and breaking the perceived link between guns and masculinity, security, power and prestige.

Go To IANSA’s site

Download IANSA 2010 Report

Gun Buy Back Programs – Do They Reduce Crime and Violence?

Gun Buy Back Programs – Do They Reduce Crime and Violence?

It appears that a recent gun buyback program in Myrtle Beach SC has met with some doubt as to the overall effectiveness of the program. I have to give the news team credit in that they give a fair amount of time to the local police who are doing the gun buyback program to express their support for the program, and they also attempt to present counter evidence as to the effectiveness of such programs. Watch this short video and decide for yourself.

Myrtle Beach Gun BuyBack program

Teach a Child to Shoot and Safely Handle a Firearm – Maintain Second Amendment Right

Teach a Child to Shoot and Safely Handle a Firearm – Maintain Second Amendment Right

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about the sister who shot her sister in Indiana, I would like to share the following by Richard L. Johnson. He writes an excellent article on the how and why to teach children to shoot firearms.

There is a lot of work being done to protect the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. But if you really want to win the war for our rights, forget calling your congressman or writing a check. The absolute best thing you can do is to teach a child how to shoot.

What we teach kids today will have a lasting impact for generations. If children are taught the safe handling of firearms and the fun associated with the shooting sports, they will protect all of our rights when their time comes to stand up. . . .

Read the rest of Johnson’s article at HumanEvents.com

Sister Shoots Sister While Playing with Loaded Gun in Indiana

Sister Shoots Sister While Playing with Loaded Gun in Indiana

Things like this do happen, and one can’t intelligently comment without more details. But on the first reading about this, the siblings had access to a loaded shotgun, and then started to play with it.

According to the news report, the sister who was shot received minor injuries and is already out of the hospital. How fortunate this wasn’t fatal.

I’m currently reading a book by authors, Timothy Wheeler, MD, and E. John Wipfler, MD. The title is quite revealing:

Keeping Your Family Safe: The Responsibilities of Firearm Ownership

They clearly establish in chapter 1 that children learn many skills at home, including the use of a firearm.

The authors argue that gun ownership is our heritage and right, and they hope to teach us how to make best use of that. But they comment, and I agree, that those who read their book will:

” . . .know how to assert that right safely and responsibly in their homes and communities.”

PharosTribune article

Read the story and comments on HuffingtonPost.com