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Obama's 'Fast and Furious' Gun Control Initiative

By Mark Alexander · Jul. 14, 2011

Obama’s Solution: New Gun Control Measures

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.” –James Madison
Obama's ATF Political Folly

In January of this year, Federal Judge John Roll, a Republican nominated by President George H.W. Bush, was among six citizens murdered by a psychopath in Tucson. Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was among 14 wounded in that attack.

Predictably, Barack Hussein Obama and his Leftist cadres in the Democrat Party were quick to convert the Tucson tragedy into political fodder to formulate a new round of “common sense” gun control legislation. Indeed, Obama claimed the Tucson assault should “at least be the beginning of a new discussion on how we can keep America safe for all our people.” He went on, “I believe that if common sense prevails, we can get beyond wedge issues and stale political debates to find a sensible, intelligent way [to confiscate guns].”

But Obama’s nefarious plan to undermine the Second Amendment was well underway many, many months prior to the Tucson murders – and well below the radar. In fact, anti-gun activist Sarah Brady said that Obama told her, “I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control]. … We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.” (So much for “the most transparent administration…”)

Why would Obama want to be so clandestine with his anti-2A agenda?

In recent decades, Democrats have suffered serious electoral and judicial setbacks when trying to enact gun control measures. Given the lack of broad support for such measures, Obama is silently advancing the Socialist agenda to disarm Americans and, ultimately, neutralize our ability to defend Essential Liberty.

In March of this year, I detailed insider accounts regarding Project Gunrunner, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation begun in 2005, which originally had the objective of tracking weapons transfers between the U.S. and Mexico in order to expose Mexican drug cartels.

However, in early 2009, the Obama administration determined that the original purpose of Gunrunner could be altered in order to provide a new mandate for implementing their gun control rationale: Stopping the flow of “assault weapons” into Mexico. To facilitate that agenda, Attorney General Eric Holder authorized operation “Fast and Furious,” that set into motion an ATF plan to encourage and enable “straw purchase” firearm sales to arms traffickers, and allow the guns to make their way into the hands of violent Mexican drug cartel assassins.

Holder determined that he could manufacture a case that guns purchased in the U.S. were responsible for all the violence in Mexico. Then Obama could use that “evidence” to make the argument that, in order to stem the violence, more stringent gun control measures were necessary, starting incrementally with restricting gun sales in Border States. As Demo Rep. Carolyn McCarthy put it, “[Obama] is with me on [gun control], and it’s just going to be when that opportunity comes forward that we’re going to be able to go forward.”

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

The “opportunity” was moving forward unabated until one of the ATF’s Fast and Furious guns was used last December to murder U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and other guns were used in the February ambush of Immigration and Customs Agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila by Los Zetas Cartel soldiers in Mexico. Agent Zapata was killed in that assault.

I should note here that in all accounts from my sources within ATF, clearly the agents involved at the tactical level of Gunrunner and F&F were under the impression that these operations were legitimate efforts to identify transit lines between the U.S. and members of Los Zetas and other Mexican drug cartels.

However, at the strategic (high-level management) levels of the ATF in Arizona and Texas, it was well understood that Holder had a scheme to use this operation to jumpstart Obama’s gun control scheme. (In a March 2010 ATF memo, agents reported that the managers in charge of Fast and Furious were “jovial, if not giddy” over news that ATF guns were associated with murders in Mexico.)

There is new evidence that Holder even used “stimulus debt” to launch “Operation Castaway” in Florida – putting guns into the hands of the world’s most brutal transnational gang, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) – to generate additional “supporting evidence” for Obama’s gun control mandate.

Recall if you will, the Democrat’s efforts to bring down the Reagan administration because Oliver North was secretly running a clandestine operation selling arms to Middle East bad guys so they could kill other Middle East bad guys, and then used some of the sales proceeds to fund the good guys in Central America fighting against Marxists south of our border. There is no such Democrat angst evident now in response to Obama’s ATF political folly, even though the guns in this case are being turned on U.S. agents and civilians.

Obama and Holder are moving forward with their subterfuge with no concern about rebuke. Moreover, they are doing so as if agents Terry and Zapata were still walking the line.

Last Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced, “The president directed the attorney general to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common-sense measures that would improve Americans' safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights. That process is well underway at the Department of Justice with stakeholders on all sides working through these complex issues. And we expect to have some more specific announcements in the near future.”

Well underway, indeed. Lost amid the din of all the extra-constitutional federal tax-n-spend debates this week, Obama spared Democrat congressional action on gun control by unilaterally circumventing the Second Amendment via an Executive Order. You guessed it – he decreed new restrictions on gun sales in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Holder’s Deputy Attorney General, James Cole, claimed that Obama’s EO would help the ATF disrupt illegal weapons trafficking networks between the U.S. and Mexico.

Meanwhile, there’s a growing list of serious crimes committed in the U.S. with ATF guns that were thought to be in Mexico.

Parents of Agent Jaime Zapata

As Obama ramps up additional gun control measures, I would remind him that the first shots of the American Revolution were fired in response to the government’s attempt to disarm American colonists, specifically to capture and destroy arms and supplies stored by the Massachusetts militia in the town of Concord.

As reflected in James Madison’s words regarding the “ultimate authority” for defending liberty, our Founders fully understood that to secure Liberty, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

As Madison’s Supreme Court appointee, Justice Joseph Story, wrote in his 1833 “Commentaries on the Constitution,” “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”

The Second Amendment was and remains “The Palladium of Liberties.”

Those who are foolishly willing to compromise Essential Liberty to pursue Obama’s illusion of safety, in the timeless judgment of Benjamin Franklin, “deserve neither liberty nor safety.”


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JimRed said:

ATF's Good Intentions Gone Bad?Since when is it a "good intention" to manufacture a weapons crisis designed to provide an excuse for disarming the general public?

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 11:44 AM

The Editor replied:

Uh, did you actually read the essay? Since when would we ever take the position that it's a "good intention to manufacture a weapons crisis designed to provide an excuse for disarming the general public"? The security motives of Project Gunrunner in 2005, and the political motive's of Obama's "Fast and Furious" operation in 2009, are entirely different.

Barb said:

There's too much power in the hands of this one megalomaniac narcissist president. (Personally I'm disgusted with anyone who would vote for a dumbocrat in this day and age! Ann Coulter is right: they're demonic.)I hope he and his ilk are fired in 2012. I respect the office, but not the man. Want to understand how a dumbocrat thinks? Take all reason and logic, as well as morality and integrity and flip it; turn it inside-out and you'll understand how a dem thinks and behaves!

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:12 PM

jadam said:

Liberals have tried to take away guns for years. They will continue to do so, until an actual order is issued.I don't think anyone with common sense wants to see what would happen then.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Charles Bowers said:

Hi Patriot Post,I enjoy reading your articles. But when are Republicans and Conservatives going to take real action to stop the Liberals/ Socialists. Mao, Stalin and others murdered millions to destroy those who might become FREEDOM FIGHTERS that founded this great country. We write articles and they take action. We are not dying, but our freedoms are going away. As you said in todays article they are doing "whatever" to get our guns. The bad guys are winning and the good/nice guys are just that nice/dying guys. Charlie

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:17 PM

The Editor replied:

Mr. Bowers, we are doing a lot more than "writing articles," but on the subject of the written word, never underestimate the power of the pen.

Sachs said:

I've always believed that this was a strategy to justify ratification of the UN small arms treaty. In my opinion such behavior is criminal ("high crimes") as well as a violation of BO's Oath of Office.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:18 PM

BlueShadowII in Texas said:

"I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control]. ... We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."...Sarah Brady Surely you misquoted Ms. Brady, or she misquoted 0, or you took her statement out of context. This "most transparent administration in history" would never do anything "under the radar", would they?Note to the more obtuse: The above is sarcasm; I am not a troll.In a more serious vein, when is someone going to stand up and say "NO" to one of 0's unconstitutional executive orders? Is it going to take another Concord?

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Lexington Bob in Lexington, MA replied:

Don't you mean, "Is it going to take another Lexington?"

Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Glenn Bostick said:

People who respect the Second Amendment are getting ready for battle, in the trenches if the fight fails at the voting booth. Obama and his progressive/Marxist government had better pay attention. Look at all the guns and ammo that have been bought the last two years. What does that tell you? I guarantee the law enforcement agencies, in general, nor the military will seize citizens weapons. They have sworn to uphold the Constitution and it says nothing in there about seizing guns at the president's command. Pray it won't come to this but we will fight for our children and our freedom!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Lexington Bob in Lexington, MA replied:

Sign me up - for my freedom and for that of my children AND my childrens' children.

Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Andy in Katy, Tx said:

I don't think Americans ever doubted this administrations behind the scenes intentions regarding weapons ownership and gun rights. I'm not sure we ever thought that the methodology would include fabrication of events to support their intentions such as you have outlined in the Fast and Furious article. But, how could we be surprised? I find no consolation in the fact that the stupidity has been exposed since facts seem not to matter when the will of the people is but a campaign slogan and the Constitution a document to be cast aside.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Bob said:

Do you think for one second that this gun scheme by the Obama Regime is for the good of the country ??? It is nothing more than a way to push more gun control on the American people and take away their Second Admentment rights. The problem for Holder and Obama is that the caper went very bad and now they are trying to cover up this debacle. This regime cannot be trusted to do anything FOR the American people only AGAINST the American people. The quicker this regime is voted out the better off we will all be !!!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Jiggs in Millen, GA said:

Obama's response to the incident in Tucson has nothing to do with gun control. It's just another chance to tear down the Constitution of the United States, which is his aim in the first place. These gun control advocates ignore one very obvious and simple truth - guns, of themselves, don't kill people in this country, but rather criminals and deranged people with guns kill people. Taking away guns isn't going to stop the drive-bye shootings or home invasions, because the criminals are still going to have guns. I say, "Gee, Mr. President, outlawing guns in Chicago really set a great example for your position, didn't it?"

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Lisa in MD said:

Seems like everything that this president and his group of thugs do hurts the American People every time.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Kathryn Bingham said:

Upon hearing about "Fast & Furious" and then the comments from ATF folks, I have always thought the the administration was at the bottom of this just to take our 2nd Amendment rights from us

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

TexasGuy said:

Sadly, our country has been without a real President since 1/20/09. Obamass is not my president, he is an usurper who conned his way into a federal job.Here's a tip: read "The End of the American Era" by Andrew Hacker. Then build your bunkers, equip your defensive positions and hunker down. It's going to be a long, bloody fight.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Ken in Tyler said:

I know of no time when the intentions of the BATF were "good". Writing as one who once held a Federal Firearms Dealer's License while operating a small business, I clearly recall the sting operations, draconian fee increases and absurd regulatory demands set in place under the Clinton administration. They drove me to the point of closing my business and not renewing the license when it came due. Their plainclothes agents lurk in gunshows enticing legitimate businessmen to make straw sales. They are the jot-and-tittle enforcers of the way the ludicrous purchase permission slips must be filled out. And I've yet to meet one who supported the Second Amendment as it was written. Just another soft tyranny bureaucracy- none of which have "good intentions".

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Al Kusy said:

"Fast & Furious" is just one example of what the criminal minds in this administration are doing to destroy what is left of our "Republic". But there is one sure way to stop this criminal insanity. Obama to date has posted two fraudulent and bogus Certificates of Live Birth documents on the White House website and presently no congressman or senator or any other organization has had the "guts" to get this out through the airwaves to disclose the largest Constitutional Crisis this country has ever faced. This all could be brought to a screeching halt if Obama, Holder and the rest of his unaccountable administration were arrested for the crime(s) of Sedition against the United States of America. Where are the heroes in places of power that can do what needs to be done? Where is the will to strike a blow to set the eradication of these criminals from our midst? Please, somebody that has clout, start the process of eliminating this festering national sore, which would, if done correctly, reverse everything Obama has done to include Obamacare, two Supreme Court Justices that have no regard for our Constitution, unions that are an arm of the Democratic Party that operate with communist manifestoes as their operating philosophies. Another day of control by this administration is a day too long.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM