Thursday, March 17, 2011

Welcome to the party, pal! Darrell Issa finally weighs in on Gunwalker Scandal. Has four investigators working the scandal.

Darrell Issa enters ‘Project Gunwalker’ fray

Rep. Issa wants answers from ATF on "gunwalking"

Rep. Issa wants answers from ATF on "gunwalking"

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is calling on the ATF to answer questions and produce documents about "gunwalking" operations where guns were allegedly allowed into Mexico in order to track drug cartels.

A CBS News investigation revealed that thousands of guns have found their way into criminal hands in Mexico as part of Operation Fast and Furious and Project Gunrunner.

In a letter sent to Kenneth Melson, acting director of the ATF, Issa urges him to "act decisively to assuage the public's deep suspicions" about the program.

"Recent media reports have raised grave questions about your department's handling of operations involving gun trafficking in Mexico," the letter begins. "In the aftermath of the tragic killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jamie Zapata, it is imperative that you act decisively to assuage the public's deep suspicions that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has a policy permitting - and even encouraging - the movement of guns into Mexico by straw purchasers."

The letter also accuses the agency of not cooperating with existing congressional inquiries on the program led by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

PDF of letter.

Issa on the Roger Hedgecock's radio show: Go to the ten minute mark.

Excuse me if I don't comment right now, I'm overcome with emotion. The cavalry has finally arrived.


oldsmobile98 said...

That's a great blessing on Paddy's Day.

Thanks for your hard work!

Up the Founders' Republic!

Whizbanger said...

Where do I go to apply for a repairman position to maintain the high speed shredders at the ATF and the DOJ? Those babies are going to be working overtime!

Anonymous said...

E.J. Dionne is ranting about how the NRA are “bullies”:
What Obama endorsed were, well, baby steps toward strengthening background checks to keep guns out of the hands of "dangerous criminals and fugitives" and those who are "unbalanced."

First of all EJ,{can I call you that?, okay}

First of all EJ, I question for you, Just what exactly are the far-reaching implications of those ‘Baby Steps’, Hmmmmm?

Baby steps? - If they are just ‘Baby steps’ then why all the hubbub about them? What have the gun grabbers been clamoring for these “Baby steps” all these years?

The impression is that when you use a term like ‘Baby steps’ it means that this is just the beginning, that there will be other ‘Steps’ in the future, other steps that people may not like, but with these ‘Baby steps’ in place, they may not have a choice in the matter.

Of course, these ‘Baby Steps’ as you call them and ‘Commonsense’ as the present president calls them

{Sidenote: Isn’t EVERY proposal designed to blow away the second amendment labeled as ‘commonsense’?}

It is designed to eliminate private sales of guns and place them under the unblinking eye of the Federal government. This ‘Baby Steps’ would mean that if you wish to sell a piece of your private property, it will have to be duly noted and recorded by the government.

And in case you didn’t realize it, this ‘Baby Step’ means that sometime down the road another ‘Commonsense Baby Step’ can be taken to register these guns and as the people in Great Britain found out, this is just one more ‘Baby Step’ to confiscation.

One other thing EJ: Did you know that "dangerous criminals and fugitives" and those who are "unbalanced." Don’t really follow the law anyway, so trying to control them this way is a pointless exercise. Such new impositions will only have an effect on lawful gun owners in your ever-ongoing effort to disarm the people – But you and the Pres know that, don’t you?

WarriorClass said...

Well, now we'll see how tough Darrell Issa really is.


Anonymous said...

Why do some folks have be dragged kicking and screaming to their jobs?

I'm starting to believe that these people really are watching out for each other and totally dedicated to themselves and their own power.

I'm also wondering if the republican party isn't actually "owned" by the democrats. Maybe there are abundant zipper "malfunctions," problems that the republicans just don't want revealed?

Kinda like "Ooops, I accidentally screwed the new office manager....! Hope my wife and that slutty little secretary of mine don't find out!"

Toaster 802 said...

Outstanding Mike. And Pat Leahy is still blocking progress.

Unfortunate for Patti, the truth tsunami is about bust over his dam.

Anonymous said...

Issa story now at

rexxhead said...

Thank God for the Republicans who will bravely and staunchly defend our rights against the evil Democrats when they are left with no choice in the matter!

Anonymous said...

I think Issa will back down. He is part of the machine but we will see I suppose.


eddymatthews said...

Well, at least he said something......................

RWS III said...

I got a little choked up and teary eyed when he said ATF's budget will be reduced.

Off subject, by while checking out the DOJ website to see what they have to say, I noticed that the red white and blue is gone, and now the colors are black and white.
Also the quote on the top says:"The common law is the will of mankind,issuing from the life of the people"
Catchy, but its a quote from C. Wilfred Jenks, who in the 1930's was a leading proponent of the "international law" movement, which had as its goal to impose a global common law and which backed 'global workers' rights.'

Dennis308 said...

Congratulations Mike, Issa says that they'll get to the bottom of this. Lets hope and Pray that the people responsible are held accountable for what they have been doing.


Pogo said...


The "baby steps" you refer to have been in place in Kalifornia for a decade.

In that hapless state all firearm transfers yes, I mean all require a two week waiting period, go through a licensed dealer with a fee and background check! Did NRA object to it then?

Sound of crickets chirping.