“While critics of the Obama administration are focusing on the sorry details of the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal that has rocked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for months, the real problem — the elephant in the room — goes largely unnoticed, or at least unmentioned,” former congressman Bob Barr writes in The Daily Caller.
This problem is far more serious even than ensuring that those responsible for allowing firearms to be sold to violent gangs in Mexico are held accountable.
The problem is a complete lack of individual and institutional leadership at ATF; and if this problem is not solved, it is almost guaranteed there will be future scandals like “Fast and Furious.”
Sorry, Mr. Barr. You’re focusing on the tail instead of the dog. You’re parroting anti-gunner talking points. The same ones advanced by the Bradys. And The New York Times. And The Washington Post.
They love it. It takes the focus off the lethal sanctioned evil of “Project Gunwalker.”
There is absolute controlling “individual and institutional leadership” at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and at the Department of Justice, and look at how their complicity, at not only allowing abuses, but actually directing and abetting them, continues to be exposed. And look at the cover-ups and denials when they are.
It’s not the first time Barr has been spectacularly wrong. First, we have his assertion that “former Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, was a solid and well-respected choice” to take the helm at ATF.
Come on, Bob. “Maximum Mike”? The “solid and well-respected choice” of John Kerry and Ted Kennedy?
That’s a pretty strange endorsement, coming from a prominent Republican/Libertarian. Not to mention a prominent NRA Director. One who, pretty strangely, supported the Lautenberg Amendment…
Here’s another strange endorsement Barr made—one that ensured that “individual and institutional leadership” at DOJ resulting in the mess we find ourselves in today:
In a move that can only make one shake their head in wonder, former congressman and NRA director Bob Barr has issued a letter endorsing Holder’s nomination.
The letter has disappeared from the Senate website, but I was able to locate a copy here and have posted it in the slideshow accompanying this column. Here’s Barr’s assessment of Holder:
I never had any reason to question his personal and professional integrity, or his deep understanding of and commitment to our Constitution and especially the Bill of Rights.
Oh yeah, right. Bear in mind Holder’s the same guy who in 2008 signed on to an amicus brief against Heller supporting continuation of Washington D.C.’s handgun ban on the basis that the Second Amendment was a “collective right.” Why would that give Barr reason to question anything?
And here’s what Holder had to say in his confirmation hearings:
I think you had asked me earlier about the regulations that I thought might still exist, post-Heller. And I had mentioned, I think, closing the gun show loophole, the banning of cop-killer bullets and I also think that making the assault weapons ban permanent would be something that would be permitted under Heller, and I also think would be good for my law enforcement perspective.
And while they’re calling now for Holder’s resignation and for a special prosecutor, that association on whose board Barr serves had their chance to throw their considerable weight into the fray when this clear threat to the right to keep and bear arms was evident for all to see, but opted not to expend the “political capital” and fully commit by making a vote for confirmation score against their political ratings.
I don’t think it’s “the elephant in the room” that’s “the real problem.” The RINOs? Well, Barr and enablers like him are another story altogether.
As I was preparing this column, I noticed William LaJeunesse of Fox News just broke a major development pointing to the FBI concealing evidence of a third gun turning up at the Brian Terry murder scene and quoting colleague Mike Vanderboegh.
That would be the same FBI that enjoys that permanent leadership Bob Barr would have us believe the lack of is “the real problem.” Does this guy ever get tired of being wrong?
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’ Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four and Part Five for a complete list with links of independent investigative reporting and commentary done to date by Sipsey Street Irregulars and Gun Rights Examiner.
Note to newcomers to this story: “Project Gunrunner” is the name ATF assigned to its Southwest Border Initiative to interdict gun smuggling to Mexico. “Project Gunwalker” is the name I assigned to the scandal after allegations by agents that monitored guns were allowed to fall into criminal hands on both sides of the border through a surveillance process termed “walking” surfaced.
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