The botched attempt by the Obama Regime to attack the Second Amendment through Project Gunrunner has failed. But who authorized it and where did they get the funding to pay for all those guns that eventually wound up in Mexican Drug runners hands?
Project Gunrunner was originally meant to assist State and Local Law Enforcement officials along the Southern Border by providing equipment and support in preventing Drug Trafficking. The operation was called “Fast and Furious”.
Scandal: Rather than a botched attempt to catch criminals, was the ATF program actually an attempt to advance gun-control efforts by an administration that has blamed Mexican violence on easy access to U.S. weapons?
The idea that American weapons were crossing the border and into drug runners hands, and caused the death of two Border Agents, plus hundreds of people caught in the crossfire, would have so outraged the American people that they would call for greater gun control. It backfired when it became clear that the Justice Department (DoJ) was behind the effort to walk guns into Mexico.
Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, was able to question Attorney General Eric Holder for the first time over the Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious scandal during a Tuesday morning hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. The scandal involves a sting operation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in which American guns – including AK-47 assault rifles and military-grade, .50 caliber sniper rifles – were allowed to be smuggled into Mexico and sold to drug cartels, with the goal of tracking the weapons after they’ve been used.
House Oversight Committee spokesman Frederick Hill told TheDC he thinks it’s disturbing that the DOJ is routinely approving wiretap applications like this one. “The assertion that the Justice Department has a robo-signing process for wiretap applications is a deeply troubling defense,” Hill said in an email. “Applications for wiretaps generally include detailed descriptions of law enforcement activities, sworn statements and explanations for why invasive wiretaps are crucial to an investigation. Claiming ignorance on an operation where wiretaps were approved by high level officials raises even more concerns about irresponsible and reckless decisions by Justice officials that contributed to the deaths of two federal agents.”
Are we to believe that the Justice Department approved of these investigations without knowing the specifics, reasons why, and desired outcome? That approval for this operation was without the knowledge of the Justice Department? According to ATF Agents, they were ordered by the Justice Department to allow the sale of American weapons to be sold to runners that took the guns across the Mexican border.
The larger picture is where did the money come from? What legislation was used to fund this operation?
Answer: H.R.1 – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
For an additional amount for ‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’, $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.
This is a Smoking Gun. The government knew about this, funded it, and the Justice Department under the Obama Regime, directed by Eric Holder, deliberately used this legislation to create a situation where American guns went to Drug Runners. Over 3,000 people have died as a result of this Regime’s attempt to place unwarranted restrictions on the American People’s Right to Bear Arms.
Just last year in a brief to the Supreme Court, Holder argued that “the Second Amendment did not protect an individual right to keep and bear arms,” that it only protected government militias’ rights to guns. He claimed that the Second Amendment posed no obstacle to implementing gun bans.Read more here
“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”— James Madison
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