Fast & Fallacious
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
June 22, 2012 03:41 PM | 2129 views | 2 2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The National Rifle Association is behind the electronic lynching of Attorney General Eric Holder at the hands of Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee.

Wayne LaPierre, the paranoid dictator of the NRA (and a good bit of the GOP congress), cooked up a delusional fantasy that goes like this:

President Obama wants to ban assault weapons so he ordered Holder to order the ATF to "walk guns" to Mexico drug cartels under the "Fast & Furious" code name. The ensuing violence, so LaPierre's conspiracy theory goes, would generate a huge public outcry for gun control.
Issa's committee got the message and voted to hold Holder in contempt of congress. And the NRA is telling lawmakers it's "scoring" their contempt votes, just in case they fail to do Wayne-o's bidding.
Now the facts:

1) Obama was inaugurated in 2009.

2) Fast & Furious was a 2006 initiative the ATF undertook with the approval of Michael Mukasey, the Bush administration AG.

3) It went predictably bad. A U.S. Border Patrol officer died in a gun battle in which one of the walked weapons was evidently used to kill him.

4) Holder put a stop to Fast & Furious.

5) Obama has never offered any legislation to control weapons of any kind. Only LePierre seems to know about Obama's sinister plot to lull gun owners to sleep.

If Issa was serious about a real investigation into Fast & Furious he would have called Mukasey to testify. But he's not serious. He's just a pathetic imitation of Joe McCarthy. Right after his committee did what the NRA wanted, Issa was on Fox reciting the LaPierre fairy tale chapter and verse, with El Rushbo and Fox piling on.

Last October, LePierre said "gun owners aren't stupid," something he clearly does not believe. LaPierre thinks he can concoct and charge the president with an outlandish scheme that has no basis in reality and his 4 million members will believe him, such is LePierre's contempt for their intelligence.
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CobbCoGuy
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June 27, 2012
Couple things.

During the Bush administration, Phoenix based ATF agents, in conjunction with Mexican authorities, conducted operation Wide Receiver (WR). The goal of WR was to track the movement of weapons across the Mexican border for the purpose of learning who was in the drug cartels, where they were located, and to make arrests.

The weapons had tracking devices and the plan was to use on-the-ground surveillance and aircraft to follow the weapons. It turns out the smugglers discovered the tracking devices and, naturally, disabled them. Once ATF discovered that the smugglers were aware of the tracking efforts, WR was shut down. This was 2007.

Again, ATF attempted to track the weapons and Mexican law enforcement was an active partner. Also, the number of weapons involved ranged from 250 – 400.

Fast and Furious (FF) was another gun-walking program that began in October 2009. In FF, there was no attempt to track the weapons, Mexican authorities were completely in the dark, and over 2,000 weapons were involved.

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered in December 2010, and 2 FF weapons were found at the scene. Furthermore, FF weapons were discovered at multiple crime scenes where scores of Mexican civilians were murdered.

Once FF was exposed to the public, gratuitous arrests of low-level participants were made to give the program a modicum of credibility.

Google “cbs news” and “sharyl attkisson” to begin your education.
Lib in Cobb
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June 25, 2012
I saw a bumper sticker a few days ago. It read, "I'll Keep My Guns and Freedom".

No one is trying to take them away. Those who believe that President Obama is attempting to do so should get out more often.
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