Well folks, here I am at the NRA confab, typing to you from the press office with my official NRA credentials. They'll let anybody in here. Now CBS reports that Wayne LaPierre will call for Holder's resignation. (See below.) Of course I'm sure he'll thank us all for dragging him kicking and screaming to the Gunwalker scandal, and will promise that in recompense he will be making the Gunwalker hearings a make-or-break vote for all the Congresscritters. Here's the story:
The National Rifle Association has Attorney General Eric Holder in its sights.
Sources tell CBS News that NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre is expected to call for Holder's resignation in a speech Saturday morning at the Association's annual meeting in Pittsburgh.
LaPierre has accused Holder of trying to "destroy the Second Amendment" and has been critical of the Department of Justice handling of "Project Gunrunner," a program intended to stop the flow of weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
But as CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reported last month, ATF agents charge the program actually helped get thousands of guns into the hands of criminals.
"When does it stop being law enforcement and start being a criminal enterprise? Innocent people are dying. It makes no sense at all." LaPierre told CBS News last month.
Attorney General Holder has asked the Inspector General to investigate the allegations.
In a statement today the Department of Justice told CBS News "We have invited the NRA to join us and other stakeholders from across the spectrum in working to find common sense solutions to keep guns out of the hands of people who are not legally allowed to possess them. They have yet to come to the table with any productive suggestions, but we hope they will reconsider."
I've got a question: why would we trust them on anything until they come clean on Gunwalker? As the Washington Times opines: "Obama’s gunrunning hypocrisy -- Administration appears complicit in Mexican firearms smuggling scheme."
The Obama administration’s position in effect is that nobody can investigate the Justice Department - not even Congress. The public is supposed to believe an internal review will make an honest determination of whether the gunrunning scheme was a good idea or not. Instead of providing transparency, the White House is exploiting the Mexican gun issue for political purposes. “We’re also doing more to stem the southbound flow of guns into the region,” President Obama said in Santiago, Chile, on March 21. “We’re seizing many more guns bound for Mexico and we’re putting more gunrunners behind bars. And every gun or gunrunner that we take off the streets is one less threat to the families and communities of the Americas.”
The Democrats’ propaganda is supposed to make us think the availability of guns in the United States is the problem, and that gun control is the natural solution. That’s why it’s important to get to the bottom of the question of how many of those “guns bound for Mexico” were sent with the ATF’s stamp of approval. Most of the military weapons used by narcotics traffickers in Mexico come from the Mexican army, but registration measures are easier to ram through by demonizing U.S. dealers.
Truth be told, I don't give a rat's ass if the Lairds of Fairfax give us credit for dragging them to this scandal or not. What I do care about is that if the NRA is going to be SERIOUS about getting to the bottom of Gunwalker, then they damn well had better start ACTING LIKE IT and not just talking about it.
They have the ability to jerk their leashes and bring the RINOs and the "pro-gun" Dems who count on their support in elections to heel on Gunwalker. They can do it.
For example, jim Geraghty reports at National Review:
The NRA takes great pains to emphasize that it is a nonpartisan organization, and the group likes to spotlight high-profile Democrats who vote with them. Last year, House Democrats Heath Shuler of North Carolina and Dan Boren of Oklahoma addressed the convention, keeping far away from any mention of their party’s leadership and turning the folksiness up to eleven. Shuler talked about how the first piece of advice he received as a candidate was from his father, who told him to always stand for hunters.
Playing the role of Heath Shuler this year is Rep. Jason Altmire, a Pennsylvania Democrat who barely survived a GOP wave in his state last year, winning 51 percent of the vote. (The NRA endorsed Altmire in 2008 and 2010.) It’s a short trip for Altmire, who lives innearby McCandless and whose district encompasses some of the Pittsburgh suburbs. In January, Altmire pointedly didn’t vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker — he explicitly blamed her for the Democrats’ midterm losses, and said that with her as the party’s leader in the House, the Democrats will never win back the lost seats. Altmire voted for Shuler instead. . .
The emerging “gun-walker” scandal at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Department of Justice is likely to be a frequent topic of discussion.
They will talk about it. But they still have not DONE anything but talk about it.
They cando it. But you will know they are fundamentally unserious about the Gunwalker scandal until they DO IT.
Until then, you will know they're still driving the weeniewagon.