Senator says ATF “no-show” directed by DOJ
“Officials aim to halt flow of guns and ammo to Mexican cartels,” Corey Moore of Southern California Public Radio reports. He’s referring to State Senator Kevin de León’s Select Committee on Immigration and the Economy community meeting in Los Angeles Tuesday, “California’s Gun and Ammo Pipeline to the Mexican Drug Cartels.” Gun Rights Examiner alerted readers to it on Monday, with the expectation that “Project Gunwalker” would be ignored and that “Authorized Journalists” in attendance would ask no questions challenging panel talking points.
That has been confirmed. As well as has been the expectation that the meeting was really about stumping for standardized nationwide citizen disarmament (anti-gunner protestations in other venues over “home rule” notwithstanding). “Republican” Los Angeles County Sheriff and oath-breaking “Only One” Lee Baca bemoaned expiration of the “federal assault weapons ban,” and de León’s outrage over ATF’s involvement in abetting cross-border murders was limited to “[deep concern] that some in Congress are more focused on distracting the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms from their core mission and getting to the bottom of failed policies of the past.”
And then there was the resurrection of a familiar canard, happily repeated without question:
Mexican authorities say most of the 75,000 illegal firearms they’ve seized in recent years came from the U.S.
“Most” evidently now substitutes for “90%” and “80%” and “70%,” and of course there was no admission of Mexican and Central American police and military corruption having anything to do with the actual non-gun store/gun show ordnance the cartels have access to…
There was a surprise at the meeting: ATF was a no-show. A correspondent and activist who attended, who has asked to be identified in this report only as “Threeper George S.,” recorded his own questioning of Sen. de León about Gunwalker after the meeting had adjourned (click on sidebar media player), where the Senator stated ATF “backed out last minute,” and that the decision came not from the 5th floor (ATF HQ senior executive level), but from the Department of Justice—that in itself is a newsworthy revelation, as it shows command decisions for ATF appearances are being carefully managed and directed by higher authorities.
De León characterized Fast and Furious as “honorable in terms of what they were trying to accomplish,” and then fell back on the administration talking point that it “went awry,” minimizing the nature of the operation and masking complicity of those involved in abetting untold human deaths. Curiously, despite his apparent certainty of honorable intent, de León admitted when asked what he thinks the “end game” of Fast and Furious was:
I couldn’t tell you to be honest with you.
That’s not the only time he contradicted himself.
“The overriding volume of statements were for increasing ammunition control and assault weapon requirements in California,” George S. writes in an email to this correspondent and Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars, and indeed, de León states in one part of the recording how “California is the undisputed leader in stringent gun laws in the United States,” moments later he complains “We kind of have this Wild West anything goes mentality in the state of California.”
As for his pet project, the registration of ammunition purchases (U.S. Code firearms prohibitions on illegal aliens notwithstanding, someone ought to ask de León if he thinks a Matirucla Consular card should be valid ID for purchasing ammo, or if he wants the law to discriminate against the undocumented), the senator has been caught in an outright lie, when he dismissed the 50 round purchase limit as “black helicopter” conspiracy theory. AB 962 as introduced specifically states:
[N]o person shall sell or transfer more than 50 rounds of handgun ammunition in any month unless he or she is registered as a handgun ammunition vendor, as defined.
There’s more—listen to the recording for yourself and hear how de León maintains his schemes don’t violate the Second Amendment, and as proof of that brings up shooting clays and hunting. But as troubling as his latest incursion against the right to keep and bear arms, the continuation of blaming American freedoms for Mexican cartel violence, and the complicity of the establishment media in helping him get away with it, there’s one fact about this meeting that should trouble activist gun owners most of all.
Per Threeper George S., who deserves our gratitude for his coverage:
Nobody was there from the pro-gun lobby.
We know why ATF was a no-show. What’s their excuse?
UPDATE: Sipsey Street Irregulars has a second report.
- Will CA Senate ‘committee’ even mention Gunwalker in de León media stunt?
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’ Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five and Part Six 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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