Eric Holder has a gun problem

Jordy Yager
The Hill
11/5/2011

Eric Holder has a gun problem.

As the chief law enforcement officer Attorney General Eric Holder came out swinging in the first months of the Obama administration as he pushed to reinstate the assault weapons ban, pointing to the rising levels of violence in Mexico and increased presence of U.S. guns south of the border.

But nearly two years later assault weapons can still be bought and Holder has found himself at the center of a quagmire involving a botched gun-tracking operation that sent thousands of high-powered firearms to Mexico in the hands of known or suspected straw buyers for drug cartels.

Amid a plethora of Republican calls for Holder’s resignation, Democrats have silently indicated their support for the attorney general. Instead of taking him to task for Operation Fast and Furious, Democratic lawmakers have tried to draw attention to what they describe as the country’s weak network of gun laws.

Starting next week and stretching into December, Holder is likely to experience the most intense heat yet. Republicans on the Senate and House Judiciary Committees plan to grill him on whether he knew about the controversial “gun walking” tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious, which may have contributed to the death of at least one federal agent.

Holder maintains that he did not know about the “gun walking” methods — a tactic used in tracking guns by overseeing the transfer of firearms into the hands of known or suspected criminals without immediately intercepting them — and has asked the Justice Department’s (DOJ) independent Inspector General’s (IG) office to complete an investigation.

President Obama campaigned for the White House on a strong platform of protecting Second Amendment rights and gun ownership in the U.S., but he left the door open for potentially significant changes to criminal laws.

“As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms,” said Obama in a debate in 2008. “But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain the exercise of that right.”…

The article continues at The Hill.

Related“WHITE HOUSE INSIDER: They Got Obamacare – Now They Want the 2nd Amendment”, at Protein Wisdom.

…We’re living through an attempted coup. And our major worry seems to be how well Herman Cain’s staff is handling suggestions that he once made a pass at a woman. Who waited 16 years to hold a press conference about it.

No wonder we’re so well and truly fucked.

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