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Chuck Norris And The NRA Vs. The DOJ: One Nearly Feels Sympathy For Holder

Posted on | August 24, 2011 | 9 Comments

by Smitty (via Paco)

Chuck Norris at Town Hall:

Obama’s Department of Justice essentially is amending the Second Amendment by changing the rules for gun sales in border states. While working under the guise of stopping illegal contraband and fighting drug cartels, the White House in reality is further imposing its gun control agenda on the American public through back-door rule-making. This is just one more example of the feds exceeding their powers and avoiding congressional permission. It is also another showing of complete disregard for the Constitution.
Based upon those illegalities, Wayne LaPierre — my friend and the CEO of the National Rifle Association — disclosed on Fox News recently that the NRA filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to issue an injunction barring enforcement of the rule. And with NRA support, the U.S. House has voted to withhold funding for the enforcement of the new regulation.
As LaPierre wrote in his weekly commentary last week, “the cartels run a $40 billion enterprise … but the (Obama) administration wants the public to believe that it’s going to disarm cartels with a form? Who is the president kidding?”
Doesn’t Obama know that restricting the right to bear arms primarily ties the hands of good guys while the bad guys purchase them from a host of illegal sources? And what part of “shall not be infringed” in the Second Amendment do the feds not understand?
Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will “vigorously oppose” the NRA lawsuit.

The title overstates my position: I don’t feel a shred of sympathy for the Attorney General. He is a national disgrace, on Fast & Furious, and pretty much every other issue that has come up on his watch. In a realistic Administration, he (and likely his boss) should have been long since scuttled.

This is the case that can link Administration malfeasance to American deaths. The House should investigate vigorously, and follow where the facts lead.

Related, via Insty:

Bottom line: there are three main reasons the CIA couldn’t simply hand out guns to their BFFs the Sinaloa soldiers. First, they could get caught. With the ATF scheme, the Agency maintained plausible deniability. Who doesn’t love a patsy?
Second, all new guns come with a paper trail. (See reason one.) The feds must be having a hard enough time keeping the fact that the majority of the guns (and grenades and ammo) sitting in the Mexican government’s crime scene vaults are U.S. military-spec weapons.
And third, why not use the ATF? The Bureau wanted some gun recovery stats to make themselves look important. The CIA wanted to arm the Sinaloas against Los Zetas. Call it mutual self-interest.
Again, none of this excuses anyone from anything. Operation Fast and Furious was an illegal government program. It violated Mexican sovereignty. It aided and abetted the illegal purchase of firearms (a federal crime) and provided weapons to known criminals, who used them to commit felony murder on a federal law enforcement official.
Congressional investigators and the media need to stop acting like Operation Fast and Furious was a good op gone bad. It was a bad op gone worse. To stop this from happening again, we need to uncover and report the truth (and yes, we can handle it.) Remember that bogus “90 percent of drug cartel guns come from the U.S.” stat? In the aftermath of this debacle, it’s time we heard the full truth about Mexican cartels’ guns. I think Agent Terry’s family would agree: we owe it to the memory of his service.

A thorough investigation is called for.


9 Responses to “Chuck Norris And The NRA Vs. The DOJ: One Nearly Feels Sympathy For Holder”

  1. DaveO
    August 24th, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

    An investigation is meaningless without taking the next step. We need accountability with some teeth in it. Sabre-toothed cat teeth.

    By sabre-toothed cat teeth I mean: Danny Deever
    “What are the bugles blowin’ for?” said Files-on-Parade.”To turn you out, to turn you out”, the Colour-Sergeant said.”What makes you look so white, so white?” said Files-on-Parade.”I’m dreadin’ what I’ve got to watch”, the Colour-Sergeant said. For they’re hangin’ Danny Deever, you can hear the Dead March play,The regiment’s in ‘ollow square — they’re hangin’ him to-day;They’ve taken of his buttons off an’ cut his stripes away,An’ they’re hangin’ Danny Deever in the mornin’.

  2. Dell Hill
    August 24th, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    At some point the Attorney General’s chickens are going to come home to roost, and when they do he’ll live out his years in disgrace. 

    It would seem to this reasonable and prudent observer that probable cause exists to remove him from office.  I fully understand that an investigation by an independent prosecutor is needed to dot all of the “i”s and cross all of the “t”s, but a movement toward that end should be initiated as soon as the Congress reconvenes.

    Blatantly unconstitutional, pure and simple.

  3. ThePaganTemple
    August 24th, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

    We need somebody other than Darrell Issa investigating this. Issa, possibly the wealthiest member of the House, refuses to give any credence to the “conspiracy theory” that Operation Fast And Furious was intended to pave the way for greater gun control. Just like he has refused to investigate the Department of Agriculture’s multimillion dollar giveaway to any African American with a potted plant that called himself a farmer. Not just refused to investigate it, he VOTED FOR THE PROGRAM. What other potential investigations is he avoiding, or like in this case, minimizing?

  4. Proof
    August 24th, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    Smitty: Holding one’s breath waiting for the oxymoron that is the Obama Justice department to fully investigate itself or even uphold all the laws of the land, is to imitate the cast of Avatar, or maybe the Smurfs.

  5. Gun Control…It’s Getting Fast And Furious « That Mr. G Guy's Blog
    August 24th, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    […] Update; Smitty ( and Paco), also report on this story and link to Instapundit; The title overstates my position: I don’t feel a shred of sympathy for the Attorney General. He is a national disgrace, on Fast & Furious, and pretty much every other issue that has come up on his watch. In a realistic Administration, he (and likely his boss) should have been long since scuttled. […]

  6. Mike
    August 24th, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    Quoted and linked

  7. DaveO
    August 25th, 2011 @ 12:30 am

    The flip side is that if Issa writes, talks, and acts like everything is a conspiracy, he invalidates all of his investigations and more importantly taints any evidence he’s collected. Democrats have spent decades poisoning the law.

    The Special Prosecutor can’t used anymore, because while Starr did his job, as did the House of Representatives – his efforts and evidence were undermined politically. Fitzpatrick failure was so politically motivated that he could only secure a conviction on Cheney’s Chief of Staff, for failing to remember a five minute conversation that took place long prior. The Democrats succeeded in tainting the use of Special Prosecutors.

    If Spakovsky is any witness, the DOJ has become so stacked with hard-core maoists that DOJ is useless as an instrument of law.

    And then there are the judges. Issa is from territory under the fiat of the 9th Circus. Be a shame if he was sued by the Judge’s wife and lost everything he ever had or hoped to have for his family.

    Issa’s doing all right considering he’s got 2.5 branches of government that considers law-abiding citizens to be suckkkers.

  8. Anonymous
    August 25th, 2011 @ 1:40 am

    Smitty, the weaknes in the House is Boehner. No way is he gonna jeoprodize his golfing with The Won by investagation much less inpeachment.

    Boehner needs to go in the primaries before he switches partys…

  9. ThePaganTemple
    August 25th, 2011 @ 2:25 am

    You might be right, but if he is unable to give full weight to the investigation he should step aside, as I’m sure there are plenty of Congressmen who would be more than willing, ready, and able to proceed with full force. It’s almost like Justice knows he’s not somebody that need to worry about taking seriously. Its almost like they publicly give him the finger every time he makes a move. It’s outrageous, and embarrassing. If it hadn’t been for the brave men from the ATF publicly revealing what was going on, we would not know anything about it, and Issa would be wasting resources investigating the Black Panthers, and getting nowhere with that as well.

    I’m pissed about this Department of Agriculture fiasco more than anything. Breitbart put his reputation on the line breaking that story, and not only does Issa fail to investigate it, he votes for the damn program.