By lex, on December 8th, 2011
Some among the liberal left in this country don’t like guns. Don’t want to have them in the house. For the children. Don’t think you should have them either.
Look at all the crime, they argue. As though that were a reason to be unarmed.
Plus, it allows the Europeans to condescend about America’s “cowboy culture.” When most of all, anti-gun liberals want Europe’s approval.
The problem is that anti-gun activism is a proven political loser. It turns off the constitutionalists who look at the 2nd amendment and say, well: That’s rather clear. It turns off the folks living in neighborhoods edgy and otherwise, who’d like the option to defend their lives and property when the bad man comes. Knowing, as they do, that when the bad man comes and seconds count, the police are only minutes away. It turns off the working class that the liberal left pretends to care for, in a paternalistic way. And of course it turns off gun owners and enthusiasts across the political spectrum, who believe – among other things – that the last defense against tyranny of whatever flavor is an armed populace.
So what do you do, if you don’t like guns and think that they state should have a monopoly not just on organized violence, but personal protection as well?
You send a few thousand untraceable assault weapons down to Mexico, where no one you care about is likely to be killed.
That was just conjecture, until recently. Tin-foil hat stuff.
Now, not so much, according to the noted gun proponents ABC news:
Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales…
On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:
“Bill – can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.”
On Jan. 4, 2011, as ATF prepared a press conference to announce arrests in Fast and Furious, Newell saw it as “(A)nother time to address Multiple Sale on Long Guns issue.” And a day after the press conference, Chait emailed Newell: “Bill–well done yesterday… (I)n light of our request for Demand letter 3, this case could be a strong supporting factor if we can determine how many multiple sales of long guns occurred during the course of this case.”
And then we have the case of US attorney Dennis Burke, refusing to apologize for his part in the fiasco because doing so played into the hands of “willing stooges” of the gun lobby in Congress.
Heretofore I was willing to apply Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
Now I believe we have to consider both malice and stupidity.