GOA call to end BATFE
The Second Amendment group Gun Owners of America isn’t known for pulling punches at all. Considered by many in the 2A culture to be a much more principled alternative to the NRA, they tend to take a “no compromises” role on issue regarding our right to keep and bear arms. Now, they’re taking it to a whole new level. Now, they want to eliminate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE).
In a statement on the group’s website, the group talks about Operation Fast and Furious which permitted the illegal straw buys of firearms here in the United States and allowed the illegal transport across the border into Mexico where they were used. This revelation, which has been going on for quite some time, comes after months of gun control advocates claimed that a huge percentage of the drugs recovered in Mexico could be traced to the US.
No wonder they had a stat like that…BATFE allowed the illegal sale of guns knowing what they would be used for and did nothing despite these things called “laws” that they’re supposed to enforce.
From GOA’s statement:
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has shone a spotlight on the criminal behavior of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, commonly referred to as the ATF. At a hearing last week, Issa took on Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich by asking him: “Who authorized this program that was so felony stupid it got people killed.”
Chairman Issa started off the interrogation of Weich by holding up one of the pages that the ATF had provided his committee. It was completely blackened, one of hundreds that had been totally redacted by the agency. (You can see a picture of this on GOA’s website.) Issa told Weich that this was unacceptable and that he was tired of the lack of cooperation at the Department of Justice.
Issa also caught Weich in a lie by pointing to a letter in which he denied any knowledge of Fast and Furious, when we now know that Weich did know about the program. Weich said that the letter had been written by a committee and that he did not know who had written that particular sentence. He refused to commit, however, to finding out who authored that lie and reporting back to Issa about it!
(At least during Watergate, Nixon was not covering up any dead bodies.)
That last sentence is dead on correct.
Second Amendment activists have looked looked at BATFE as being “the enemy” due to what they perceive as hostility from the law enforcement agency. This situation certainly doesn’t look good to them in the least. The perception amongst a few I talked to is that BATFE wants more and more regulations on firearms, including elimination of civilian ownership of firearms. They haven’t ruled out that this operation, while ostensibly is claimed to have been about catching criminals, was actually sort of false flag operation in that it commits or ignores illegal acts in an effort to gin up support for new legislation that it likes. That might be more than a bit far fetched, but I don’t doubt that BATFE likes gun regulations. It helps their budget.
Of course, Congressional Democrats seem all to eager to “play ball”. From the GOA statement:
News reports have disclosed that many gun stores in the Southwest had suspicions about buyers that were not flagged by the Instant Check. But these gun dealers were told to go ahead and let the sales take place.
So, what did Democrats do in the face of this damning evidence? They wanted to discuss the need for more gun restrictions.
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) said Congress needed to pass more gun control because, if one massages the numbers just right (and ignores a whole bunch of others), why, 70% of guns used in Mexican crime supposedly come from the U.S. At least that’s what a brand new report from the ATF claims.
What the BATFE report didn’t tell Senator Feinstein is that a good chunk of those 70% were permitted by the agency despite all the flags that are supposed to prevent such things from happening. It’s not that we don’t have enough laws, but that BATFE didn’t do their jobs.
That’s a big point they left out, don’t you think?