Archive for the ‘Operation Gunwalker’ Category

From Newser, the Black Tie yacht drunks are back and still after your rights, peasant:

(Newser) – The push for stricter gun laws might not be quite so dead after all in the Senate. The New York Times reports that efforts are “quietly” underway to get something done on background checks and illegal trafficking. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, the co-sponsors of the background-check bill that got yanked last week, say they have been talking to colleagues to get rid of some objectionable loopholes. One potential compromise would allow a person who lives in a rural area to sell a weapon to someone without having to find a sporting goods store to facilitate.

So they’re admitting that they’re targeting “urban” people?  At least they’re getting more honest about their racism.

Looks like that’ll be a 14th Amendment violation for lack of equal protection under the law.

A separate initiative to crack down on illegal trafficking, which includes buying a weapon for someone who can’t legally own one, is being spearheaded by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and Republicans Kelly Ayotte and Chuck Grassley.

That last name is very interesting.  Chuck Grassley has been the spearhead of the senate move against Obama’s Fast and Furious program wherein the ATF gave guns to the Mexican narcoterrorist cartels.  He’s well aware of how anti-gun this administration is, he’s seen how the Department of Justice has held back and said nothing about Fast and Furious, and he’s well aware of the violent hatred of the Constitution demonstrated by this adminstration when it used the ATF to undermine the Second Amendment in order to push for gun control and oppression of citizens.  He’s very knowledgeable on the subject.

The story notes this at the end:

Gun-control supporters are working on a national campaign to put pressure on those in the “no” camp.

Yup.  They never stop.  Ever.  They have a need to destroy your rights.  It’s what they do, it’s all they do, and they will never, ever stop until they have their boot stamping on a human face forever.

From Guns.com:

Spanish channel Univision has won a Peabody Award for their Fast and Furious reporting.  Most all American media outlets choose to ignore the ATF’s botched Gun Walking operations where over 2500 guns ended up in Mexican cartels hands.

Univision’s Fast and Furious reporting.

It’s worth noting that they do start out with a lie that 70% of guns in Mexico come from the US, which Stratfor disproved back when the claim was 90%, but beyond that, it’s not too bad.

Via HotAir:

Congrats, Katie!

Katie Pavlich interviewed by Citizen Watchdog – a good review and overall summary for anyone who hasn’t been following it.

This video was a bit before the 2 year mark, a few months back, posted here in HawaiiReporter’s 2-year retrospective.

From the AP:

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the bill would establish tough penalties for those who buy a firearm or ammunition with the intent of transferring it to someone else. The measure would also make it a crime to smuggle firearms out of the United States.

So when are they going after Holder?  Oh, that’s right – never.

Operation Facetious and Spurious

Leahy said there is no federal law now that defines either gun trafficking or straw purchasing – when a person who can legally buy guns transfers those guns to criminals and others barred from gun ownership – as crimes.

It already is a crime.  The easy-to-read version:

The Form 4473 contains name, address, date of birth, government-issued photo ID, National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check transaction number, make/model/serial number of the firearm, and a short federal affidavit stating that the purchaser is eligible to purchase firearms under federal law. This includes swearing that you do not use any illegal drugs, thus outlawing firearms possession by e.g. American marijuana users. (Cf: Prohibited persons.) Lying on this form is a felony and can be punished by up to five years in prison in addition to fines, even if the transaction is simply denied by the NICS, although prosecutions are rare in the absence of another felony committed with the gun purchased.

All you have to do is enforce existing laws.

The bill was crafted by Leahy, fellow Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Republicans Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine.

There’s a typo there.  They mean Democrats Dick Durbin and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Democrat-supporters Mark Kirk and Susan Collins.

“The absence of any federal law defining gun trafficking as a crime in this country is shocking,” Gillibrand said.

Oh, it’s a crime.  It’s just a crime that no one in the Obama administration will touch – since the ATF under Obama’s DOJ was smuggling guns to narcoterrorist cartels in Mexico.

Despite his calls for greater gun control, including a new assault weapons ban that extends to handguns, President Obama’s administration has turned away from enforcing gun laws, cutting weapons prosecutions some 40 percent since a high of about 11,000 under former President Bush.

From the AP again:

The proposed legislation would make it a crime to transfer a weapon when a person has “reasonable cause to believe” that the firearm will be used in criminal activity. It contains exemptions for the transfer of a firearm as a gift, or in relation to a legitimate raffle or contest.

This kind of legislation becomes very nebulous.  It rapidly turns into a charge that prosecutors can levy against someone without actual proof in order to get them to plea bargain down to a lesser charge rather than face trial or the financial costs of trial.  We don’t need any more laws.  We certainly don’t need Obama’s DOJ being given any more laws that they violate to turn around and enforce on citizens.

From Red Alert Politics:

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) lashed out against President Obama’s gun control proposals on Wednesday, asking if a Fast and Furious probe would be included in the list.

“My home is the home to Fast and Furious, where there was gun-running across the Mexican border, and you know we still haven’t gotten any clear answers,” Salmon said. “Is that part of the President’s gun proposal? To finally come to grips and find out what actually happened with Fast and Furious and how far it went up to the top, to Eric Holder? Because I haven’t heard that yet.”

Operation Facetious and Spurious

Hey there, Bob Woodward!  Why don’t you ask some questions about this giant government conspiracy?  Some guys stealing paper in a hotel is a big deal, but a government agency running guns to Mexican narcoterrorist cartels isn’t?

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The media doesn’t question it.  It was part of the plan – to create a crisis, the “iron river”, when they called Bill Newell up from Phoenix to repeat the 90% lie.  They decided to use Sandy Hook instead, because they got caught in Fast and Furious.  Sandy Hook just happened to be the lunatic they needed, because their own objectively evil plans to arm narcoterrorists fell apart when they ended up killing Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata.

From CBS:

A second wrongful death lawsuit has been filed blaming U.S. government officials involved in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives’ “Operation Fast and Furious,” which allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Tuesday, the Texas family of fallen Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata sued the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the former head of the ATF and others they blame in Zapata’s death.

In February 2011, Zapata and his partner Victor Avila were gunned down in Mexico by suspected drug cartel members. Avila survived but was critically injured and has joined Zapata’s family in the suit.

As CBS News reported, at least two of the murder weapons had been trafficked by suspects the ATF had under surveillance but failed to arrest. Zapata’s parents argue that if ATF agents had arrested the suspects and confiscated the weapons early on, the rifles might not have been used in their son’s murder.

jaime zapata

From Washington Examiner, and HotAir as well:

“To be very blunt with you, we’re counting on all of you, the legitimate news media to cover these discussions because the truth is that times have changed,” Biden added, warning that people would continue to “misrepresent” the White House’s plans for gun control.

liberal media bias

“The social media that exists out there, the tragedies that have occurred, the Supreme Court decision affirming that its an individual right to bear arms – all give a lie to the argument that what we’re trying to do is somehow unconstitutional, or somehow goes after the legitimate right to own and bear arms and to hunt and protect yourselves,” Biden added.

The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting.  The US Constitution contains nothing about hunting.

The Second Amendment is about the right of the citizen to defend themselves against tyranny, whether at the smallest level or the highest level.

Everything they’re doing is unconstitutional and goes after the pre-existing, self-evident natural right to self-defense that the Constitution enumerates – which enumerates bearing arms.

Everything the White House wants to do is wholly against the right to keep and bear arms.  Their end goal is disarmament of the citizenry – they’ve stated it in the past.

This is the same White House that ran guns to the cartels (also some other criminal organizations) in order to prove guns were going south so they could get more gun control.  This is already established.

Biden is simply demanding the mainstream media propagandists continue to lie about their plans and never once look critically at them.  So far, it’s working.

Those gunrunning schemes were the broad-based Operation Gunwalker/gunwalking operations and the more AZ-specific Fast and Furious.  Even here at TPP, we have dozens if not hundreds of posts on both.

The Houston Chronicle already used “in the cross-hairs”:

WASHINGTON – For gun enthusiasts, the Slide Stock is an exciting add-on that enables shooters to unleash bursts of machine-gun-like fire from semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15.

But for gun control advocates, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., bumpfire devices (as they’re known generically) are a nightmare waiting to happen.

“With practice, a shooter can control his rate of fire from 400 to 800 rounds per minute,” Feinstein said on Wednesday, speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on guns. With such devices, she said, mass shooters gain “tremendous killing power” that can “tear young bodies apart.”

For the children, of course.  But just imagine if a crazed murderer could fire 9 rounds instantaneously.

9 pellet buckshot

Andrew Wilkow today on SiriusXM made a solid point that access to the internet and a hardware store is actually a lot more dangerous than any firearm.

This is a much more dangerous guided munitions delivery system, used by terrorists foreign and domestic:

ryder truck

The Houston Chronicle notes that bump fire itself isn’t all it’s cracked up to be:

Gun enthusiasts offer rave reviews but warn bumpfire can be an expensive habit.

“Fun? Yes indeed, the Slide Fire Stock is uber fun,” said David Fortier, writing in Shotgun News last September. “It will put a smile on your face just as quick as it empties your wallet as you burn through copious amounts of ammunition.”

There’s a saying in the citizen gun community: “Full auto is a good way to turn money into noise.”

The Slide Fire stock takes advantage of bump firing, which, for those that skipped the original article, is basically letting recoil bounce the trigger into your finger over and over, simulating full-auto fire.  It isn’t full auto fire, it’s still one pull of the trigger fring one bullet, just rapidly.  It’s difficult to control (which the Slide Fire stock controls to some degree) and it’s basically wasting rounds.  It’s a gimmick, but it could be hypothetically used by someone in a shooting competition, but the specific skill you need to develop with bump firing, even with the Slide Fire, would still be difficult.  It’s not like a full-auto gun with a selector switch.  Even people who shoot a lot have difficulty controlling it.

The Houston Chronicle makes this interesting note:

David Koresh, the Branch Davidian cult leader in Waco, told law enforcement authorities that he used Hellfire triggers on semi-automatic weapons, according to “No More Wacos,” a 1995 book by gun-rights advocate David Kopel. Koresh and his followers killed four ATF agents during a 1993 raid before setting their compound ablaze during an FBI assault. At least 74 people, including 25 children, died.

Might be worth questioning the function and history of the ATF again and the behavior of those who want to “save the children”.  Watching the first few minutes of the Academy Award nominated documentary will get you to the audio of ATF Agent Jim Canavaugh – who’s retired but still doing favors for the ATF and lying about Gunwalker operations.

Moving right along:

Although the technology has been around 40 years or more, bumpfire devices gained popularity in the wake of the Firearms Owners Protection Act, which among other things outlawed civilian possession or transfer of machine guns not legally in circulation prior to the law’s signing date, May 19, 1986.

FOPA was passed to correct some earlier gun control laws that were harsh and uncontrollable.  It was made so that if you lived in Vermont and wanted to drive to West Virginia, you could safely travel through New York without being arrested.  If you are on a peaceable journey and traveling, you have a defense to prosecution (and really shouldn’t be arrested at all) for crossing through jurisdictions that make your rights into crimes.

The Hughes Amendment was part of FOPA, and banned machineguns except for those before 1986.  That’s why real machineguns cost an arm and a leg.  There are only so many of them legally in existence, and so those are the only ones that can be bought or sold.  It’s an artificial market created by government.  It’s fascinating from a supply & demand standpoint, as cheap mass-produced submachineguns that would’ve gone for a few hundred dollars (and the $200 ATF tax stamp and a pile of paperwork and background checks) will now fetch thousands of dollars (like this cheap Sten).

The Slide Fire takes advantage of semi-automatic actions that should be the most resistant to out-of-battery detonations (I’m personally not a fan of bump fire at all because of out-of-battery risks, even if they should be impossible with ARs).

But realistically, it doesn’t matter either way.  It’s just another tool.  Like Robert Heinlein said: “There are no dangerous weapons, only dangerous men.

Consider the V-Tac 1-5 drill.  It’s a skill test drill in which a shooter will fire 1 round on the first target, 2 on the second, 3 on the third, then 4 on the second target again, then 5 rounds ending on the first target.  I can do it in a little over 4 seconds.  Travis Haley does it in 2.4.

That’s all done with semi-auto.  We’ve already seen shotguns are more dangerous than rifles when comparing people with moderate skills.  At high skill levels, it really doesn’t make a difference.  It’s not the tool, it’s the man (or woman) using the tool.

Going after Slide Fire stocks is just as meaningless as going after semi-auto firearms with scary features or non-scary features, or going after certain sizes of buckshot, or going after rifles or pistols or anything else.

A good person with a gun – no matter what type of gun or what features – will harm no one and will protect people, even if only through deterrence.  A good person disarmed will become a victim of harm and can protect no one.  A bad person will never be disarmed, will always find a weapon, and will always harm people.

From HotAir:

The Obama administration’s intransigence on recess appointments gave the judiciary an opportunity to finally rule on the practice — and the White House lost a huge legal battle that would effectively handcuff Barack Obama to the Senate for the next four years on appointments. I’m not too surprised to see that they may not want to take chances again, this time on the reach of Congressional contempt charges:

A deal may be near in the Operation-Fast-and-Furious-related dispute that led the House of Representatives to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt last year.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Jackson was set to hold a key hearing next week in the lawsuit the House filed seeking to enforce its subpoena for records of how the Justice Department responded to Congressional inquiries about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gunrunning investigation that may have resulted in as many as 2000 weapons flowing to Mexican drug cartels.

However, both the Justice Department and the House asked Jackson Tuesday to put the scheduled hearing off for more than two months as the two sides try to work out a deal that could obviate the need for the lawsuit.

This isn’t a case that should involve any compromise.  Obama and Holder’s ATF is directly responsible for arming narcoterrorist cartels.  This has been proven.  The deaths of hundreds (if not thousands by now) of our Mexican neighbors and at least two US law enforcement agents are because of Holder’s DOJ/ATF actions, and at the very least have been covered up by Obama’s executive privilege claims.

There should be no deal other than release of all documents so that Oversight & Reform can continue their investigation.  This is a mass murder case, not a procedural squabble.