Fast and Furious: Just the Facts, Ma’am

This is a good, no-nonsense overview of the facts as they stand when it comes to Project Gunrunner’s Operation Fast and Furious:

(Eric Holder wants to “brainwash” you into thinking differently about gun control)

Fast and Furious Emails Reveal A Subterfuge for Gun Control
by AWR Hawkins – Big Government

As Eric Holder’s 1995 speech on how to “change the way in which people think about guns” and make them more accepting of gun control made its rounds, the bald attempt at using Fast and Furious to justify more gun control has taken center stage. As a result, my mind has raced back again to the ATF emails that show how federal supervisors under Holder were intentionally using Fast and Furious as a springboard for the imposition of more government intrusion into our lives. This is something Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) spoke to last year when he said: “There’s plenty of evidence showing that this administration planned to use the tragedies of Fast and Furious as rationale to further their goals of a long gun reporting requirement.”

Here are the facts:

On July 14, 2010 ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed William Newell, the Phoenix Special Agent in Charge who was overseeing Fast and Furious: “Bill – can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.” Chait was looking for “anecdotal cases” to justify issuance and enactment of a new gun control measure that Congress had theretofore been unwilling to pass.

Then, on January 4, 2011, in preparation for a news conference in which he planned to announce arrests made in a case related to Fast and Furious, Newell emailed Chait to inform him that the conference would provide “another [chance] to address the multiple sale on long guns issue.” Newell took advantage of the chance, and the following day Chait emailed him: “Bill—well done yesterday … in light of our request for Demand Letter 3, this case could be a strong supporting factor if we can determine how many multiple sales of long guns occurred during the course of this case.”

Months later, in April 2011, ATF announced that it would be implementing Demand Letter 3 (and the letter was in fact implemented in the summer of 2011). It completely bypasses Congress and requires gun store owners in Arizona, Texas, California, and New Mexico to file a special report on individuals who purchase more than one long gun within a five day period, for long guns of higher than .22 cal.

According to ATF, such weapons in AZ, TX, CA, and NM deserved extra attention because those were the four states from which most weapons seemed to be going into Mexico and those were the kinds of weapons that were most often used to “commit violent crimes in Mexico, especially by drug gangs.” Ironically, ATF made no mention of the fact that those were also the weapons most commonly sold to straw purchasers for the very purpose of being illegally transported into Mexico via Fast and Furious.

Meanwhile, the Reese family is still sitting in a jail cell somewhere in New Mexico, with all their assets seized by the government,  for unknowingly selling guns to “strawmen” purchasers…

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7 Comments on “Fast and Furious: Just the Facts, Ma’am”

  1. tgusa Says:

    I’m pretty sure Eric is talking to “his people”, not us.

    You are getting sleepy, your eye lids are becoming very heavy. You will now listen to my instructions and when I count three you will awaken and remember nothing.

    Barry Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life…

    The sneaky little devil. This is what we are up against, fortunately.

    This is the 90s, when everyone who wanted to was working, or attending some work party, as companies back then had extra money to blow on parties so no one was really paying attention. That was then, the freewheeling years after the Reagan rebuilding of America. Check it out, Ronald Reagan An American Journey directed by Robert Kline.

    • tgusa Says:

      The biggest supporters of the Obama obomination are entertainers and entertainers are a direct result of prosperity. The more prosperous a nation the more entertainers it has. As the nation falls on hard times we see entertainers fight for more hard times. And they said Reagan was a dumb entertainer, lol. The entertainers wanted to brainwash people out of prosperity and now they are suffering.

      Reagan not only rebuilt America economically but he restored the dignity of Americans which had fallen so low as a result of failed democrat wars and disastrous democrat policy. Reagan is responsible for the support that Americans showed after 9-11 even the antics of Billy Jeff could not destroy the house that Reagan built. And his legacy lives on today in us.

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