‘Our Rights and Their Intentions’ – Opinion by Brian Coulter

‘Our Rights and Their Intentions’ – Opinion by Brian Coulter

Brian Coulter has written a solid piece on what the anti-gun folks are about. I will quote part of it here, but please click through and read the rest. Their efforts of anti-gun legislation are lengthy, but do they work? Are we safer? Is there less violence in our culture? Maybe something is wrong. Yes, as Brian says here: “None has curbed crime, and some have made it worse.” Please read this and share it widely.

By Brian Coulter

There are opinions suggesting Second Amendment supporters are unreasonable. Such voices insist those most active in the gun control movement only want to nibble around the edges of our constitutional protections but leave them more or less intact.

They say we should compromise, forgetting we’ve already complied with the 1934 National Firearms Act, the 1968 Gun Control Act, the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act, the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Act, the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and the 1994 Gun Free School Zones Act. None has curbed crime, and some have made it worse.

The latter, intended to keep violence away from schools, ushered in a 370 percent increase in gun violence against children. So when does it end?

Attorney General Eric Holder answered this question in 1995, explaining government must “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way,” which must mean arming murderous Mexican cartels to foment anti-gun sentiment.

Anti-gun crusader Sen. Dianne Feinstein more recently denied any other motives to restrict gun rights, including concealed carry, saying, “It’s not what I’ve done in the past and it’s not what I’m doing right now.”

She’s lying. Video from 1995 has Feinstein talking out of the other side of her mouth, slavering for a defenseless America, “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban … Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ’em all in, I would have done it.”

Disarming us has long been her obsession and that of many anti-Second Amendment radicals, such as Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who admitted, “We’re on a roll now. We’re gonna push as hard as we can and as far as we can.” When asked if the “assault weapon” ban was just the beginning, Schakowsky exclaimed, “Oh, absolutely. I mean, I’m against handguns.”

After being asked if the Second Amendment was a significant impediment to a handgun ban, Schakowsky dared to reply, “I don’t know that we can’t … I don’t think it’s precluded.” . . .

Read more of Brian’s opinion piece, ‘Our Rights and Their Intentions’, here.

Operation Fast and Furious Battle Continues – Judge Rules Against DOJ Request

Operation Fast and Furious Battle Continues – Judge Rules Against DOJ Request

President Obama asserted executive privilege to justify not handing over certain administration records related to the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal. Read the judge’s decision below. Rather than a blanket acceptance of the assertion of executive privilege, the judge wants the trial to continue. This will require the executive and DOJ to demonstrate that they do have the privilege to withhold.

By JOSH GERSTEIN

A federal judge has rejected Attorney General Eric Holder’s attempt to keep the courts from wading into the “Fast and Furious” documents dispute that led to him being held in contempt by the House last year.

In a ruling Monday night, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department’s request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege to prevent some records about the administration’s response to the “Operation Fast and Furious” gunrunning scandal from being turned over to Congress.

“This case presents the sort of question that the courts are traditionally called upon to resolve,” Jackson said in her 44-page decision, issued more than five months after lawyers argued the issue in her packed courtroom and more than a year after the House committee filed suit. “Dismissing the case without hearing it would in effect place the court’s finger on the scale, designating the executive as the victor based solely on his untested assertion that the privilege applies,” she wrote. . . .

Read more here.

Second Amendment – The Anti-Gun Agenda Continues Its Assault

Second Amendment – The Anti-Gun Agenda Continues Its Assault

The article provides many examples of the Left’s continual assault on the Second Amendment. The right to keep and bear arms is greatly valued by honest, hardworking, law-abiding citizens. The attack on the Second Amendment is relentless, and from the comments in the article, greatly exaggerated.

. . . While Brady officials insist their motives are pure, a behind the scenes look at that organization raises serious questions. In May 2005, Florida passed a “Stand Your Ground” law that authorized persons attacked in their own home or automobile to use lethal force in self-defense without a duty to retreat; Brady Campaign workers were dispatched to Florida airports where they passed out fliers warning tourists that, under what they called the “Shoot First” law, tourists could be shot for simply being rude to a Florida resident.

Last year the Brady Campaign gave its “Visionary Award” to AP White House reporter Helen Thomas. Little more than a week later Thomas went on a video taped, anti-semitic rant that resulted in condemnation from the Obama Administration as well as her resignation from AP. The Brady Campaign has remained silent on the entire issue, refusing to condemn Thomas or her hate filled rant.

As the ‘12 Presidential Campaign looms, President Obama himself has been remarkedly silent on the issue of gun rights. He must know that waging an open war against the NRA and America’s 80,000,000 gun owners during this campaign season will only hurt his prospects for re-election. He’s also well aware of the two recent Supreme Court decisions District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, decisions that make it clear that the right to bear arms is a constitutional right.

In Attorney General Eric Holder’s brief filed with the Supreme Court in Heller he argued that “the Second Amendment did not protect an individual right to keep and bear arms,” that it only protected government militias’ rights to guns. He claimed that the Second Amendment posed no obstacle to implementing gun bans. His argument failed, but his anti-gun agenda continues. . . .

Read more here

Fast and Furious – Is This Obama’s Watergate? Washington Times

Fast and Furious – Is This Obama’s Watergate? Washington Times

Jeffrey T. Kuhner of the Washington Times certainly thinks so. He also argues, as you can see below, that the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation is far worse than Nixon’s Watergate. Eric Holder, Attorney General, and President Obama, are being heavily scrutinized over what has happened, and of what now appears to be a systematic cover-up. So if this is worse than Watergate, when will justice be served?

. . . Mr. Holder insists he was unaware of what took place until after media reports of the scandal appeared in early 2011. This is false. Such a vast operation only could have occurred with the full knowledge and consent of senior administration officials. Massive gun-running and smuggling is not carried out by low-level ATF bureaucrats unless there is authorization from the top. There is a systematic cover-up.

. . .

Mr. Holder clearly knew about Fast and Furious and did nothing to stop it. This is because the administration wanted to use the excuse of increased violence on the border and weapons-smuggling into Mexico to justify tighter gun-control legislation. Mr. Holder is fighting ferociously to prevent important internal Justice documents from falling into the hands of congressional investigators. If the full nature of his involvement is discovered, the Obama presidency will be in peril.

Fast and Furious is even worse than Watergate for one simple reason: No one died because of President Nixon’s political dirty tricks and abuse of government power. But Brian Terry is dead; and there are still 1,500 missing guns threatening still more lives.

What did Mr. Obama know? Massive gun-smuggling by the U.S. government into a foreign country does not happen without the explicit knowledge and approval of leading administration officials. It’s too big, too risky and too costly. Mr. Holder may not be protecting just himself and his cronies. Is he protecting the president?

Read more at the Washington Times.

Operation Fast and Furious – Crime Control? or More Gun Control?

Operation Fast and Furious – Crime Control? or More Gun Control?

Rep. Daryl Issa made this point in the most recent oversight hearing of the Department of Justice. Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Judiciary Committee, and not a surprise, the hearing focused mainly on the Fast and Furious gunwalking scheme. Several other committee members offered support to the contention that Fast and Furious is an attempt to create more gun control laws. Gun Owners of America provide some excellent analysis of the hearing and what is going on. Still, no one is being held accountable for the disaster created by Operation Fast and Furious.

. . . Holder, as he has already done numerous times in testimony before Congress, continued his practice of stonewalling and deflecting blame for the failed scheme that led to thousands of firearms “walking” across the border into Mexico and into the hands of violent drug cartels.

Committee members grilled Holder on misleading Congress, not dealing appropriately with the individuals who called the shots on Fast and Furious and, even worse, for using the guns that the government allowed to “walk” to Mexico as an excuse for greater gun control in the U.S.

Fast and Furious Leading to More Gun Control

From his opening statement, Rep. Daryl Issa (R-CA), a chief congressional investigator looking into Fast and Furious, made clear that gun control, not crime control, is really the main objective of the Obama administration. . . .

In other words, the Justice Department helped to create a huge mess, and is now seeking more authority to regulate firearms to clean it up. At the same time, the Department has taken no action to hold anyone accountable within the government. . .

Read more at Gun Owners of America.

“Fast and Furious” – Arizona Republic Article by Dennis Wagner – EXCELLENT

Fast and Furious – Arizona Republic Article by Dennis Wagner – EXCELLENT

Dennis Wagner [**this is from the AZ Republic site** Reporter Dennis Wagner spent weeks reviewing congressional testimony, court documents and records from the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about Operation Fast and Furious. The congressional testimony includes sworn statements by ATF Agent John Dodson and other whistle-blowers, as well as Attorney General Eric Holder, then-acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson and other agency administrators. His story also includes information from dozens of interviews with federal agents, congressional investigators, prosecutors and other sources.]

has compiled an excellent article FULL of the background and details about Fast and Furious. I have quoted a brief introductory excerpt below, but don’t miss out. Read the article at Arizona Republic.

When the National Rifle Association launched a TV ad campaign this month to have Attorney General Eric Holder fired, it culminated a political frenzy over a once-obscure Arizona gun-smuggling case.

Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed hundreds of weapons to cross the border in hopes of catching Mexican drug kingpins, wound up increasing the firepower of cartels without getting any key players. By all accounts, both the strategy and execution were flawed, leading to investigations by Congress and the Justice Department’s inspector general.

The initial story line of Fast and Furious was about outrage — anger that guns, let out of sight, had been used in crimes. But the backstory of the investigation is one of hidden motives, curious contradictions and strange allegiances, both among those who organized the effort and those who exposed it:

Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Justice Department authorized the investigation to catch bad guys, stem the flow of guns to Mexico and, presumably, elevate their own careers. Instead, they failed to arrest drug lords, helped arm the cartels and damaged their professional reputations.

Rigid defenders of the right to bear arms, who typically assail ATF for enforcing gun laws, took a polar position on Fast and Furious, arguing that ATF agents should have arrested suspected straw buyers and seized their weapons even though the purchases were, in most cases, legal. . . .

Read more on Fast and Furious here.

NRA Concern over Fast and Furious Operation is said to be an ‘Agenda’ to Undermine Eric Holder and President Obama – Salon Article

NRA Concern over Fast and Furious Operation is said to be an ‘Agenda’ to Undermine Eric Holder and President Obama – Salon Article

This Salon article is extremely critical of the NRA’s dogged pursuit of justice in the failed Fast and Furious gunrunning operation. Not only that, the Salon article claims that the NRA’s seeking to change gun legislation, ie, lax gun control laws, has been as damaging as the Fast and Furious operation. What a ridiculous claim to associate the NRA’s action, ie, protecting the law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, is equivalent to our government’s plan to allow straw gun purchases (AGAINST ITS OWN LAWS), knowing that these guns would end up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. And, that these guns would be used to destroy innocent lives in Mexico. Read John Lott’s editorial that mentions no effort was even made to do any guntracing, nor was the Mexican government notified.

. . .The NRA has homed in on Operation Fast and Furious in order to advance its agenda of undermining not just Holder but the president. The misguided operation, run by ATF officials reporting to the Justice Department, encouraged Arizona gun dealers to sell weapons to “straw purchasers,” with the hopes of tracing the weapons to the Mexican cartels. ATF lost track of many of the guns, and some surfaced at crime scenes on both sides of the Mexican border, including one involving the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry last year in Arizona. . . .

The whole truth is that lax U.S. gun laws — supported by the NRA — are what have helped the Mexican drug cartels to arm themselves and slaughter law enforcement officers, rivals and innocent people.

“The NRA has been devoted to assure that our gun laws remain anemic, ” said Dennis Henigan, acting president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. ”The NRA is not really interested in stopping the gun trafficking.”

As a matter of fact, the NRA is interested in stopping the gun trafficking, it is seeking Eric Holder’s removal from office.

Read more at Salon

John Lott’s Commentary About Fast and Furious and Eric Holder’s Senate Testimony

John Lott’s Commentary About Fast and Furious and Eric Holder’s Senate Testimony

John Lott provides some excellent analysis about Holder’s Fast and Furious testimony before the U.S. Senate. It is apparent that an effort is being made to evade part of the responsibility by bringing attention to Bush’s earlier Wide Receiver Gunwalking operation. Lott explains that these two operations, Wide Receiver under President Bush, and Fast and Furious under President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, are very different in how they were carried out.

There is also a short video at the site, highlighting the very serious questioning of Eric Holder about Fast and Furious.

. . . But trying to shift blame to President Bush doesn’t hold water, as the two programs were very different.

Obama’s “Fast and Furious” was a gun-tracing program that didn’t even try to trace guns.

In sharp contrast, Bush’s “Wider Receiver” program gave direct notice to the Mexican authorities so that they could try to track the guns as they crossed the border. Bush officials might have learned that Mexican police weren’t up to tracing the guns, but at least they had a plan to try to have the guns followed.

“Fast and Furious” made no such attempt to notify the Mexican authorities in any way. Worse, the Obama officials knew that they had a problem. “Fast and Furious” gave out the guns, but agents and middle level people complained to administrators that the guns weren’t being traced.

Indeed, when BATF agents’ warnings that the guns weren’t being tracked during the Obama administration went unheeded, in despair at least one agent went to his local Radio Shack store to try jerry-rigging a GPS tracking bug for the guns.

A widely run Associated Press story last week by Pete Yost pointed out that both the Bush and Obama programs involved “gun-walking.” Yet somehow Yost managed to leave out the very central point about tracing. Other articles, such as those in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, have likewise left out this important point. . . .

Read John Lott’s analysis at Foxnews.com

More Representatives Call for Eric Holder’s Resignation – Gun Owners of America Alert

More Representatives Call for Eric Holder’s Resignation – Gun Owners of America Alert

Eric Holder testified on Tuesday before the Senate about Fast and Furious, and his testimony has brought an even greater number of calls for his resignation. Gun Owners of America provides some great commentary on his testimony, and what this means for the current gunwalking scandal.

First, however, there was an important hearing yesterday on Capitol Hill. Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the U.S. Senate and admitted that Operation Fast and Furious was “flawed” from the beginning.

But while he confessed the operation was a big mistake and should have “never happened,” he refused to say if anyone has been disciplined for their involvement in the scandal. More on that below. . .

Read more at Gun Owners of America site.

Eric Holder Faces Growing Pressure as Fast and Furious Investigation Continues

Eric Holder Faces Growing Pressure as Fast and Furious Investigation Continues

As the investigation into Fast and Furious continues, some Republicans want Holder to resign, while some Democrats say the operation demonstrates weak gun control laws. It seems to me that Democrats are attempting to deflect the criticism away from the failure of the gunwalking operation and this current administration. How do they not understand, or maybe they do? Gun purchases were authorized or approved by our government, so whose fault is it? The gun laws were on the books when the purchases were made, and had the existing gun laws been followed or enforced, the guns wouldn’t have been sold. Or so I understand this.

. . . Holder has found himself at the center of a quagmire involving a botched gun-tracking operation that sent thousands of high-powered firearms to Mexico in the hands of known or suspected straw buyers for drug cartels. . . .

Read more on Eric Holder and Fast and Furious here.