5 years, 9 months ago
The Daily Caller quotes a staffer for Congressman Darrell Issa as saying that the Gunrunner investigation points much higher than acting director Kenneth Melson.
Even if Melson resigns, Issa spokesman Frederick Hill said the Committee expects to find much more and continue with investigations. “The investigations are far from over,” Hill told TheDC. “It’s quite certain that Kenneth Melson was not the principal architect of this plan nor was he the only high-ranking official who knew about and authorized this operation.”
As I have pointed out before, their own documents say that the White House knew about the strategy. So this goes higher than even the Department of’ Justice. That’s why it isn’t for Kenneth Melson simply to resign. A special prosecutor is needed to get to the bottom (and top) of this crime. There is apparently pushback from Melson, who believes he has done nothing wrong. But it isn’t okay for the ATF to violate the National Firearms Act or the Arms Export Control Act if I must live within its stipulations.
And while we’re focused on this issue, the unrepentent Obama administration is busy going from bad to worse. Andrew Traver, Obama’s pick to head the ATF, is scheduled to meet with Justice this week. The NRA strongly opposes the appointment of Traver, and for good reason. He is associated with the leftist Joyce Foundation’s Study, Taking a Stand: Reducing Gun Violence in our Communities. Among other ridiculous things, they advocated that the Centers for Disease Control take a role in the regulation of the firearms industry.
This administration sees this as an opportunity to slip in their man at the ATF, and it’s time to gear up for the next anti-firearms battle that Obama wants to wage.
UPDATE #1: The NYT has done their expected puff piece shilling for Senator Feinstein, et. al.
If Congressional Republicans are really intent on getting to the bottom of an ill-conceived sting operation along the border by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, they should call President Felipe Calderón of Mexico as an expert witness.
Mr. Calderón has the data showing that the tens of thousands of weapons seized from the Mexican drug cartels in the last four years mostly came from the United States. Three out of five of those guns were battlefield weapons that were outlawed here until the assault weapons ban was allowed to lapse in 2004. To help him stop the bloody mayhem, he is pleading with Washington to re-enact the ban and impose other needed controls.
Such horrible analysis work! They are propagating the 90% myth, just as did the St. Petersburg Times. And just like Bono. That’s what happens when opinion gets in the way of facts. But at least the NYT has more people on staff than Bono to cipher the data, and so while Bono might be just responding emotionally, the NYT is showing how shoddy and lazy they have become in their analysis.