From CNS News:
Making a case for national gun registration, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said “perhaps mistakes were made” in the botched gun-walking program known as Fast and Furious, but she said trying to assign blame misses the larger problem.
“This is a deep concern for me. I know others disagree, but we have very lax laws when it comes to guns,” Feinstein, an advocate of gun control, said during Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism.
“My concern, Mr. Chairman, is that there’s been a lot said about Fast and Furious, and perhaps mistakes were made,” Feinstein said. “But I think this hunt for blame doesn’t really speak about the problem. And the problem is, anybody can walk in and buy anything.”
This isn’t “mistakes were made”. The purpose of Fast and Furious was to send guns to Mexico to prove guns went to Mexico. Taxpayer dollars were spent on buying guns, and the background check system was bypassed so felons could buy guns – in order to send guns to Mexico. ATF supervisors were “giddy” when guns were found at crime scenes in Mexico, because it proved what they were trying to do.
Feinstein isn’t stupid, she’s evil. She lies – we don’t have “very lax laws” – we have laws that were intentionally bypassed by the ATF/DOJ/Obama administration in order to undermine US citizen rights.
Then she asked Breuer, “Do you believe that if there were some form of registration when you purchase these firearms that would make a difference?”
“I do, Senator,” Breuer said, adding that “information is the tool we need to challenge the people that are committing this crime.”
No registration would have made any difference whatsoever. The government committed the crime. Gun registration and the confiscation and oppression that is its purpose will not stop the government from committing crimes. Feinstein and her ilk are out for more power, more power, more power, more power over the people.
From Jon Stewart and Media Matters, to the more serious news media, it has become fashionable to contemptuously dismiss the idea that “Project Gunwalker” was and remains intended as justification for more onerous gun regulation as a paranoid “conspiracy theory.”
The thing is, we have already seen this process in action, with gun dealers who had cooperated with a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) “gunwalking” scheme consequently pressed to provide far more information about all their sales, specifically because they had sold so many “crime guns” (at the BATFE’s behest). We even have direct email proof that publicity about “Fast and Furious”-trafficked guns were used to strengthen the BATFE’s argument for its mulitple long gun sales reporting requirement.
Yesterday, we saw it again, with sacrificial lamb Lanny Breuer and rabidly anti-gun Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) using the “gunwalker” discussion at a Senate subcommittee hearing as a platform for advocacy of mandated gun registration and for banning everything from .50 caliber rifles to all semi-automatic rifles and handguns
Anthony Martin at Examiner.com highlights a new whistleblower protection law that Congressman Darrell Issa is introducing:
In a memo just released from the office of U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, R-California, the Congressman announces that he will introduce a new whistleblower protection law aimed at preventing the abuse of those who report wrongdoing in government, such as the conscientious ATF agents who blew the whistle on the Gunwalker scandal.
It has been widely alleged by the agents that they have suffered abuse, threats, and attempts at being framed for crimes they did not commit by ATF management in retaliation for their going public with the Fast and Furious story.
Also at Examiner.com, Dave Workman (a well-known and respected name in the gun-blogging community) breaks the story on Senator Grassley and Congressman Issa trying to plug leaks in their investigation, as DOJ operatives try to undermine the congressional investigation:
Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley are looking to plug leaks in their on-going investigation of Operation Fast and Furious, and today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about how sensitive information was available on a shared network computer drive that was accessible to more than 75 people.
One of the leaked documents “contained information protected under the Privacy Act regarding ATF whistleblower John Dodson’s participation in an undercover law enforcement operation,” the Issa/Grassley letter states.” Dodson was one of the first whistleblowers to come forward in the case, and he was interviewed by CBS News earlier this year.
It seems DOJ has been going after witnesses who will incriminate their criminal activities. The irony is deep. Read the whole story to get some idea how bad it is.
Update (11/6): HotAir has a bit on this now.