BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Todayâ€™s hearing on Operation Fast and Furious before the Senate Judiciary Committee once again provided an opportunity for two leading Senate gun prohibitionists to try spreading the blame for botched gun trafficking, and change the debate to arguments for more gun control, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.
The committee questioned Attorney General Eric Holder for two hours on Fast and Furious, and other Justice Department issues. But it was about the seriously mishandled gun trafficking investigation where committee partisans tried their bait-and-switch routine, CCRKBA said.
â€œSenators Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein tried to link discredited gun walking tactics to the earlier Bush-era Operation Wide Receiver,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œBlaming Bush is â€˜so yesterdayâ€™, while their gun control agenda is on tap for tomorrow.â€
Texas Sen. John Cornyn revealed the stark differences between Wide Receiver, conducted with the full cooperation of the Mexican government, and the Obama administrationâ€™s Operation Fast and Furious, done specifically without the knowledge of Mexican authorities, or our own officials assigned to Mexico City.
â€œItâ€™s outrageous, but predictable, that these two partisan gun control fanatics would try such a ruse to confuse the public, and the issue,â€ Gottlieb stated.
Holderâ€™s definition of a new mandatory multiple long gun sales reporting regulation as a â€œreasonable requirementâ€ is a tipoff, Gottlieb said. Itâ€™s the first step toward a nationwide regulation that could turn into a back-door registry of all semiautomatic modern sport-utility rifles under an anti-gun White House and Congress, he suggested.
Schumer concentrated on linking Fast and Furious to the Bush administration, while criticizing the Republican-led House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been â€œselectiveâ€ in its focus.
â€œSchumer and Feinstein want to waste time and deflect public attention by blaming Bush while quietly promoting their own anti-gun agenda,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œThey may as well have used President Obamaâ€™s teleprompters from which to read their lines.â€