Skip to comments.Obama Administration Endangered Lives to Justify Gun Control
Posted on 12/20/2011 1:51:29 PM PST by neverdem
In all of my years fighting on behalf of the National Rifle Association to defend the Second Amendment, I never thought I would see a White House so vehemently opposed to gun ownership that it would be willing to arm violent criminals and endanger American lives in pursuit of a gun control agenda. Readers will recall that a little over two months ago, in this same space, I wrote:
"I would like to believe that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder no matter how much they oppose our Second Amendment rights would never break the law and endanger human lives in their mission to score political points against gun owners...
"However, to believe all of this, I would have to ignore a lot of facts."
And now, according to new documents obtained by CBS News, we are faced with the fact that the Obama administration helped transfer illegal guns to drug cartels in Mexico to build a case for gun control specifically, gun registration here in America.
"If these reports are true, even by Washington standards this reaches a new level of arrogance and corruption," remarked Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). Unfortunately, Sen. Cornyn is not exaggerating.
On July 14, 2010, Mark Chait, who served as Assistant Director for Field Operations for the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (BATFE) sent an email to Bill Newell, BATFE's special agent in charge of operation "Fast and Furious." Chait's email said:
"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 sales. Thanks."
Just six months later, after a press conference to announce arrests made in "Fast and Furious," Chait emailed Newell again, saying:
"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."
"Demand letter 3" is a letter sent to U.S. firearms dealers in the four southwest border states, demanding that they register sales of more than one semi-automatic rifle to the same person within five business days.
Under its "Fast and Furious" operation, Obama's BATFE had been forcing licensed firearms dealers to sell semi-automatic rifles to shady straw purchasers, who would then supply them to drug cartels in Mexico.
Many of these dealers were extremely apprehensive because BATFE was, in fact, forcing them break the law. In fact, one licensed dealer emailed BATFE numerous times to express his concern, not only could these sales jeopardize his livelihood, but also that the guns he was being forced to sell could end up in the hands of criminals south of the border, where they might be used to harm or kill American Border Patrol agents.
BATFE reassured him that everything was fine and that he should just keep following their orders. As we now know, the dealer's concerns were more than justified.
In April of this year, the Obama administration unilaterally imposed the "Demand letter 3" registration requirement. The National Rifle Association is currently funding lawsuits to end this unconstitutional edict.
"Very clearly, they've [the Obama administration] made a crisis and they're using this crisis to somehow take away or limit people's Second Amendment rights," said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is leading the House investigation into "Fast and Furious."
"There's plenty of evidence showing that this administration planned to use the tragedies of 'Fast and Furious' as rationale to further their goals of a long gun reporting requirement," stated Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), who is leading the investigation on the Senate side.
Even Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, recently admitted to Congress that "Fast and Furious" guns would continue to show up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico "for years to come" just as two of them were found at the murder scene of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Ever since the "Fast and Furious" scandal first broke, Eric Holder and his colleagues in the Obama administration have refused to fully cooperate with congressional investigators. Now we know why. Because the truth is uglier than we ever could have imagined. Our own federal government willingly endangered American lives to build a case for weakening our Second Amendment freedoms.
“Fast and Furious”. The Mother of All Exploding Cigars.
(American Heritage Dictionary)
Book 'em, Dano.
More like capriciously spent.
He is building his army of criminals and thugs. Do any doubt that?
No, I don’t doubt it and we don’t have much more time for pussyfooting.
I have to say, it seems the mainstream media is taking this awfully lightly considering it resulted in actual deaths.
I work at a place with the majority of people working the defense area. Mostly all have Masters Degrees and many have PhDs. Today I had lunch with one and asked him about F&F. Never heard of it. He was shocked as I told him the story.
These people are what I’d say mostly conservative or conservative leaning but tend to apply themselves more at work than delving outside to understand why “things just don’t seem right anymore”....they are fully able to comprehend the facts presented to them and most would come to the same conclusions we here do, but we have lost the information battle - even with a Congress holding hearings on the matter. The MSM is that strong and unfortunately most of the people don’t get their news here or any place like it - even Fox isn’t pushing it.
We won’t win this battle until each and every one of us and more start ridiculing and accusing the media for their lies. That even goes for our local news reports on the radio in the morning. We have to starts hounding these people and publicly humiliating them - marginalizing them.
It is either that or they are the first ones to go when the revolution comes.
BATF That is the problem.
All they want is a photo OP with a table full of legal firearms before the idiots of the MSM.
Thanks for the link!
You’re welcome, FRiend. It’s a good one I gare-own-tee! ;-)
Not the BATF fault, it is the idiots who listen to the MSM.
BATF is just picking the low hanging fruit.
“Endangered”?? THAT’S the worst word he could come up with??? How about MURDERED???!!! Hundreds of Americans, including federal agents, and Mexican citizens were MURDERED by Obama’s guns!!!
Our own federal government willingly endangered American lives to build a case for weakening our Second Amendment freedoms.
"[W]eakening our Second Amendment freedoms" neither states the case accurately nor strongly enough. What the pack of thugs in the gubmint have done is nothing short of subversion of the Constitution.
Holder and Obummer should be indicted:
Under suspicion for alleged
1. accessory before the fact
3. accessory after the fact
4. aiding and abetting
what is the agenda that really fuels the government's gun control agenda? What ever it is our government is willing to let American law enforcement officers get murdered for it.
accessory after the fact
Can we indict the whole MSM for #3? Just thinking good thoughts.