Skip to comments.Fast and Furious Scandal Gives Rise to Gun Regulation Debate
Posted on 12/15/2011 11:21:44 AM PST by jazusamo
As a candidate, Barack Obama once endorsed a ban on handguns and favored restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms. So when gun owners heard of Operation Fast and Furious, many feared the worst.
Now, newly revealed emails suggest that if the gun-running operation didn't start out with that intent, as administration officials insist, the program certainly led to discussions on new gun regulations.
"There's a lot of talk that President Obama stated that he is working for gun control with alternative methods," said Arizona gun dealer Jeff Serdy. "I hope this isn't one of them."
Serdy and others suspect the Obama administration used the gun-running operation to support regulations Congress would not even consider, namely, a rule requiring gun stores in the Southwest to report anyone who tries to buy multiple "long guns," or rifles, in a one-week period.
"If the American people learn that the motivations for all of this was to make a case to deprive them of their Second Amendment rights or to make a case to further the (Justice) department's ability to further regulate gun rights within the United States, that would make them very angry," said Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks.
Holder insists that's not accurate.
"Clearly, an attempt to use Fast and Furious as a way to bolster the request for that long-gun regulation would have been foolhardy," he told the House Judiciary Committee last week.
There is no evidence the administration initially considered using the operation to justify stronger gun laws. But as the investigation dragged on, and Washington saw more and more weapons from U.S. gun stores show up at Mexican crime scenes, at least some officials saw a political argument developing to support their legislative agenda.
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Barack Obama once endorsed a ban on handguns and favored restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
This is a fact, and he knows he doesn’t have any chance of passing gun control by legal means. He has said in public with anti-gun groups that he was working on some solutions ‘under the radar’. I think Fast and Furious, as well as mass sales by the state dept to Mexico, demand letters to border states restricting multiple sales(with no legal right to do so) makes it plain to see what he is doing. It was nothing, but backdoor gun control, or as he says ‘under the radar’.
Head-spinning, headache-inducing AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I'm losing my mind. I really am. This administration is getting away with so much corruption, and the media is complicit!
Yep, it’s a crooked, corrupt, lying administration and the enemedia backs them to the hilt.
Machiavelli would be proud.
F & F Ping
The Democrats love guns.....as long as they get to decide who to point them at.
Might be good if a congresscritter asked Holder and Obama just what were the under the radar gun control activities...
Let’s skip the investigation about who let guns into mexico
and the fact that it got american federal agents killed...
...and go right back to the original plan~!
Which was to let criminals have guns, so we can claim that we need more gun control laws to stop criminals from getting guns
I’m not in the mood to debate. BANG!
Holder can insist in one hand and you-know-what in the other. We all know his word is worthless. He's a weaselly, rat-faced liar who belongs in an orange jumpsuit.
Transferring arms to drug cartels is terrorism. Use the new law and hold all these Fed-mobsters at Gitmo, without trial, indefinitely. Maybe that will loosen their tongues up.
Never let a crisis go to waste !! LOL , ROFL
Absolutely correct weasel face.
But that has nothing to do with the attempt to do just that.
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, ATFs 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.
Exactly..."Foolhardy" is nothing more than an attempt by the lying Holder to cover their intentions and sane people are clued in to this administrations blatant law breaking.
Thanks for the links.