The NRA hates President Obama. They have hyped up totally false claims about his agenda to take away guns and gun rights. Here, again, is the NRA's own Wayne LaPierre ranting and raving like a maniac about the administration and his fictional and paranoid accounts of the President's "agenda" to take away gun rights. I love this one really. It shows a man in the throws of desperation to keep his job and hype up his supporters:"But it now seems clear that negotiations were never really possible. Beyond the usual hyperpartisanship on Capitol Hill, the National Rifle Association and the even more strident Gun Owners of America wanted a vote in order to push their bizarre theory that Fast and Furious was part of a secret Obama administration conspiracy to further a gun-control political agenda. They wanted it to be a recorded vote that could be used in their ratings of House lawmakers and potentially help defeat some Democrats in conservative-leaning districts. Sadly, 17 Democrats felt compelled to protect themselves by going along with the contempt citation, though many Democrats walked out in protest.There is little chance that Mr. Holder will be prosecuted for criminal contempt, but a second House vote authorized Mr. Issa’s committee to pursue a civil court action against him — energy and effort much better spent developing a workable plan to stem the flood of American guns to Mexican drug cartels that gave rise to the disputed Fast and Furious Operation. This was a shameful exercise in political gamesmanship. House Republicans and the gun lobby, in making Mr. Holder the first sitting cabinet member in history to be held in contempt, came out looking a lot worse than their target."
LaPierre and his minions are wrong and dealing in fiction. The NRA does not deal in facts. Hyperbole, fear and paranoia are their dangerous mantra. It is a fiction that has become a reality no thanks to politicians who are complicit because of their unwarranted fears of an organization representing a minority of Americans. This is the danger of allowing money and influence to change the course of our elections.
I encourage you to read this blog post at the Penigma blog about the real corruption of the Fast and Furious program. The blogger is wondering why the main stream press is not investigating the real facts of what happened in the Fast and Furious case. As I wrote a few posts ago, so far, one person, Katherine Eban of Fortune magazine, has written a great exposé. Who is paying attention? Everyone should if they care about our nation's democracy and its' Constitution. And if they do, they will have to find Darrell Issa and his colleagues in the U.S. House at fault. If they find them to be at fault, the vote taken against Attorney General Eric Holder was a sham and a national scandal. From the blog:
Common sense tells us all that this fictional and trumped up Congressional investigation is already a travesty and a sham. The real problem and the non-fiction section of this novel is that weak U.S. gun laws are leading to not only the senseless deaths of Mexican citizens but of our own citizens. If you read Katherine Eban's full account, you will see this to be true. If this was worth investigating, it was worth investigating the whole thing. Some parts of this novel were left out on purpose. But worse than that, this fiction is warping the very fabric of who we are as a country. This page in our country's history will go down as part of the NRA's dark and twisted version of America that led to a vote that should never have been taken in the U.S. House of Representatives.For a long time, I have wondered why it is that anyone would believe the ATF or the DoJ simply overlooked the transfer of guns over our borders. It has never made sense to me that they were just incapable of tracking those guns, or that they didn't care very much about NOT allowing firearms to fall into the wrong hands.That was implausible on the face of it. Why would they do that? The explanation of incompetence did not seem justified; the ATF and the DoJ are not incompetent, and when they have a failing - and agencies sometimes DO have failures, including some massive ones (the Department of Interior has had some horrific ones, for example), they aren't like this, they follow a different pattern.When there are massive failures in government, regardless of which party is in charge, consistently if you follow the money trail, someone is profiting. There was no such trail claimed or demonstrated in the case of the ATF and DoJ.No motivation was ever posited, except for another ridiculous conspiracy theory spouted by the NRA that was more full of holes than a target at a shooting range.When you factor in that the program began under George W. Bush, but was only being used to discredit Obama so very selectively, the stink factor of something rotten from the right got much stronger.
UPDATE- July 3, 2012
I offer this editorial from the Kansas City Star as more commentary about the fiction of Representative Darrell Issa's investigation into the Fast and Furious case. I am going to paste the entire editorial since it gets to the real problem with guns going into Mexico from the U.S. and fully supports my case in this post:
Issa’s sideshow is typical of our polarized politics
You might want to read this blog post at Penigma about the contradictions concerning Fast and Furious. From the post:
The glitch in the right wingnut crazy conspiracy theory is that arrests should have been made. The documentation is that those arrests were forbidden by the prosecutors, because of lax gun laws that made such transactions to drug cartels effectively legal. Without prosecutorial approval, arrests could not take place. PERIOD.This does not make the ATF responsible for the sale and transfer of those firearms. This just proves they witnessed and documented that such transactions occur daily, whether they are monitored or not. I was surprised to see that some gun nuts believe that this was some sort of sting operation, that there was some form of encouragement by the ATF to cause these straw purchases to occur. That is not the case. In those who claim to 'fact check', I have yet to see anyone debunk that 1. prosecutor approval is necessary for an ATF arrest; and 2. that there were no such arrest approvals received by the ATF from prosecutors. Rather it is clear that these prosecutors in states like Arizona with NRA sponsored lax gun laws routinely DO NOT PROSECUTE STRAW PURCHASES -- not through arrests by the ATF, or DEA, or local police, or state law enforcement. I have yet to see where anyone of the pro-gunner gun zombies can explain how useful it would be to make an arrest without prosecution, or at least reasonable expectation of prosecution. (...)As to the hysteria that Eric Holder did not produce documentation as requested, in fact he produced a considerable amount. It was a relatively small subset of subpoenaed documents that were in question, and Holder made an effort to find ways to provide those, or at least most of those, to Congress IF - big IF - security for the information could be negotiated. (...)The McCarthy House Unamerican Activities hearings are among the darkest, most despotic and tyrannical of our history. The recent hearings on everything from Islam in America to the ridiculous and nasty contraception hearings that resulted in the Fluke scandal that so appropriately damaged Rush Limbaugh are not proper, honest hearings, and I agree with Holder that these are not members of Congress who have demonstrated that they operate in the scope of ethics that a Congressional hearing should encompass.So long as the right persists in being post-truth liars and deniers, so long as they engage and propagate conspiracy theories and fact averse disconnects from objective reality, there is a legitimate concern that these investigations are not genuine investigations, they are attempts to smear people. A genuine investigation is based on a fair and thorough investigation that does not have a predetermined outcome.That cannot be said of any investigation so far conducted by Daryl Issa.(...)And yet, when the Democrats unanimously support something like the Brian A. Terry Memorial Act, and the President SIGNS it, they get no credit for it. I would question why it is the President's job to popularize this. Where was Issa? He was the legislative sponsor for this. Why didn't he publicize it instead of grandstanding fact-averse statements to the media? Clearly Issa can get the attention of the media when it suits his purpose to do so. One has to ask, why is Issa so uninterested in sharing the limelight on his legislation with democrats -- is it because it doesn't suit the agenda of his puppet masters, the NRA and other right wing special interests? From the excellent web site resource, govtrack.us:H.R. 2668: Brian A. Terry Memorial Act112th Congress, 2011–2012To designate the station of the United States Border Patrol located at 2136 South Naco Highway in Bisbee, Arizona, as the "Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station".Introduced:Jul 27, 2011Sponsor:Rep. Darrell Issa [R-CA49]Status:Signed by the President