Gun confiscationist fish No. 1: "It's all your fault we didn't get to eat."
Gun confiscationist fish No. 2: "Bite me!"
Gun confiscationist fish No. 1: "Okay, I will."
We learn from Erica Werner at the Associated Press (the same news organization which has all but ignored the Gunwalker Scandal), that the gun confiscationist piranha are starting to bite each other, frustrated at the Obama administrations "inaction" on more gun control.
PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama yet to act on gun safety
More than five months after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, the White House has yet to take any new steps on gun violence, even though that's what President Barack Obama called for in the wake of the shooting.
The silence from the administration is drawing criticism from gun control activists and even some of Obama's Democratic allies. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., told the president in a letter last week that the administration "has not shown the leadership to combat gun violence."
It's in keeping with Obama's general stance on gun issues since taking office: Outspoken earlier in his political career in favor of tougher gun measures, he's treaded carefully since becoming president, almost never raising the topic except when asked and offering, at most, tepid support for legislation he once embraced, such as re-enacting a ban on assault weapons.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement that the Justice Department is "consulting with the key stakeholders to identify common-sense measures that would improve American safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights."
Schultz declined to comment beyond that, but whatever the administration produces is likely to fall well short of the steps activists would like to see, such as legislation banning the kind of high-capacity ammunition clips used in the Giffords shooting. Any significant change of that kind would require legislation, but with Congress hostile toward any gun-control bills, the administration sees that avenue as closed.
A government official involved in the talks said that suggestions under consideration include ways to improve the background check system dealers use to avoid selling guns to criminals, which activists say is ineffective and riddled with loopholes. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private deliberations.
Some improvements could be made administratively, such as by providing states clearer guidelines on how to get criminal information to the federal government for the background check database. Although such steps are not nearly as bold as activist groups, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, would like to see, they still hope to see something - and soon.
"We're coming on the six-month mark since the shooting and still nothing from the administration," said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign. "It's time for some action."
The Justice Department deliberations began in March, after the president broke his usual silence on guns in an opinion piece in Giffords' hometown newspaper, the Arizona Daily Star. In it, he called for "a new discussion on how we can keep America safe for all our people."
Even then Obama steered clear of ambitious declarations, timelines or goals, but he did call for "sound and effective steps" to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, including strengthening background checks. Obama said that "if we're serious about keeping guns away from someone who's made up his mind to kill, then we can't allow a situation where a responsible seller denies him a weapon at one store, but he effortlessly buys the same gun someplace else."
Helmke and others interpreted that as support for closing what's called the "gun-show loophole," which allows private sellers to sell firearms at gun shows and elsewhere without conducting background checks. Activist groups say that some 40 percent of gun sales are conducted without background checks. . .
With that kind of opposition from gun-rights groups, an election year approaching and attention focused on the economy, prospects for congressional action are dim. And the Obama administration, in turn, appears unlikely even to try to do anything more than make modest changes that don't fundamentally alter the nation's gun policies.
Sheesh. What a tough crowd. Don't they realize that Obama did Gunwalker for them? He at least was smart enough to recognize that some more bodies had to be stacked up before the political winds could start blowing back in the direct of more firearm restrictions. He's got to be thinking, "Man, I just engaged in the greatest conspiracy against the Second Amendment ever, stacked up hundreds, maybe thousands, of dead Mexicans to get these gun control clowns what they wanted and all they do is bitch, bitch, bitch. I should never have listened to Rahm Emanuel."
If the Gunwalker Scandal is fully exposed, the gun confiscationist piranha will be gasping and flopping around for another ten years before anyone listens to their "let's give more power and money to the ATF" chanting. Gunwalker will suck all the water out of their tank. I am glad to see, however, that they still possess the capacity to bite each other.
As my daughter Zoe says with her new fluency in French, "Bon appetit!"
In a related story, Newsbusters rips AP for ripping Obama while ignoring Gunwalker.
The Associated Press conveniently kept Eric Holder's name out of the single story ("ATF agents: Border weapons operation a disaster" on June 15) it appears to have done on the scandal. Apparently, the wire service's reporters have been too busy trying to cook up sympathy for gun control in other, less lethal ways to stick with a story which, if it had surfaced during the Bush administration, would likely have been called "the next Iran-Contra" and dominated the headlines for weeks.