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Posted on 05/05/2012 7:26:55 PM PDT by marktwain
Nebraska Treasurer and Senate candidate Don Stenberg voiced his pro-second amendment views at a town hall forum hosted by the Gun Owners of America Thursday. John Velleco, the GOA's director of federal affairs, also spoke at the town hall forum at the North Platte Pawn Shop.
Velleco and Stenberg both questioned Stenberg's Senate opponent Jon Bruning and his support of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
"Had I been a senator, I would have voted against [Holder's] confirmation," Stenberg said.
Bruning, the Nebraska Attorney General, along with 18 other state attorney generals, supported Holder through a letter submitted to Congress in 2009 before Holder's confirmation.
Stenberg said the U.S. Attorney General has not held up gun rights, and has blocked important legislation including the voter ID law passed by the Texas legislature and Arizona's controversial immigration law.
Both also called for responsibility in the federal Justice Department for involvement in the Fast and Furious gun-running operation, revealed to the public in 2011 after two federal agents were killed by guns sold to Mexican drug runners in border states. The hope, Velleco said, was that those guns could be traced back to drug cartels, but that goal was never achieved.
Velleco said Holder has never admitted if he has had any role in the program, or determined who authorized the program.
"No one has taken responsibility," Velleco said.
Velleco, who lobbies in Congress on behalf of GOA, said that there is some fear that the administration will use the incident to strengthen gun laws.
"[They are] using violence along the border to call for more gun laws, but there's no one taking responsibility in the administration for fueling that violence," he said.
Stenberg also expressed concerns with Bruning's record on gun legislation, citing a column Bruning wrote for the Nebraskan, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln student newspaper, while Bruning was in college, supporting what Stenberg called anti-gun legislation.
"Jon now claims to be a strong supporter of gun rights," Stenber said. "Knowing how anti-gun he is, he's not suitable to be a Senator for the state of Nebraska."
Both Stenberg and Bruning, along with fellow competitors Deb Fisher and Pat Flynn, have received "A" grades from the National Rifle Association. The NRA grades each candidate based on voting record and questionnaires.
Bruning urging the confirmation of Eric Holder makes him a no-go for me - willing to throw away the rule of law in order to pander to a certain segement of the voting population. Just like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
Right now our country is in critical condition after it was mugged by criminals in office, in the media, and elsewhere - and the guy charged with enforcing the law is instead making sure NOBODY can enforce the law. This is the most critical issue we face, because if we had the rule of law, crimes would be treated as crimes and not just as “politics”.
Jon Bruning is also supposed to enforce the law, but his political ambition gets in the way. He has to cover for his buddies at the NE Supreme Court and the gambling and drug-dealing people who pull the strings. This means that the same lawlessness that put Obama and his whole lawless regime in power in the macro picture is also there at the state level, which allows the crooks at local levels to do the same things at the local level as the criminal Obama administration is doing at the federal level. My family has first-hand experience with this, and Jon Bruning was not willing to stand for the rule of law. Blatant lawlessness and the supposed law enforcers turned a blind eye - including both the NE Supreme Court and AG Bruning.
I’ll be voting for Stenberg.