I believe the operation probably legitimately began as a sting operation, but as the information flowed up the chain of command, it became apparent that a meme could be developed: Lack of gun control laws were exacerbating gun violence on the border. By increasing the flow of guns to narco-terrorists, they could ensure that the data would back up their claims.
Previous efforts to impose gun control laws on us have been met with stiff resistance, at least partly because of our federalist form of government. Since the states and municipalities have been free to experiment with gun laws, it has become apparent that the freedom to own a gun actually decreases gun violence and crime. However, if gun violence were to become more prevalent on the border, the administration probably believed they could impose their anti-gun agenda more easily.
WASHINGTON — Half a year after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the Obama administration is set to release a package of reforms to the current gun law, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.
The reforms, which are being crafted by the Department of Justice, come after a series of meetings with relevant stakeholders in the Second Amendment debate. But in a nod to the difficulties of getting legislation through a Republican-run House of Representatives, only executive orders or administrative actions — and not an actual bill — are expected to be handed to Congress.
Administration officials were coy on the specifics, from the reforms the Department of Justice would recommend or when it would actually make those recommendations.
“The president directed the Attorney General to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common sense measures that would improve American safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights,” Carney said at Thursday’s briefing. “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 more specific announcements in the near future.”
Just how near? Carney would only say “not far in the future.” Another administration official said weeks would be an appropriate measurement.
When the recommendations do come, it will represent the most comprehensive move on the gun control front from this administration to date. The president has largely punted on the issue since entering the White House, save issuing carefully worded reactions to Supreme Court rulings on local gun laws or bans.
I, personally, believe this will be Obama’s Waterloo. At some point, Obama’s 2008 voters well step back from their vote and really question whether or not he has lived up to his promises or his hype. The answer is clear, but first those voters will have to begin to accept their mistake. That is not as easy as it sounds. None of us like to believe we have been snookered or behaved like idiots.
But when the Presidential spokesman refuses to answer questions as to what Obama knew and when he knew it, it becomes apparent that this was not some low level staffer operating as a rogue agent. It was a plan that went asunder.
(CNSNews.com) â€“ White House Spokesman Jay Carney has failed to follow-up on a statement he made at the June 27 White House briefing that he would get back to a reporter with the exact date that President Barack Obama first became aware of â€œOperation Fast and Furious,â€ a botched sting operation in which U.S. officials knowingly allowed smugglers to buy guns at licensed U.S. firearms dealers.
â€œIâ€™ll have to get back to you,” Carney said at the briefing. “I donâ€™t have an exact date for you.â€
On June 27, CNSNews.com asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, â€œCould you tell me what is the exact date that the president learned about the Justice Department ATF operation to allow guns to flow into Mexico?â€
Carney apparently had trouble understanding the question, saying, â€œI mean, I think Iâ€™ve answered this question a bunch about — about what he learned?â€
CNSNews.com said, â€œWhat is the exact date that he learned about it?â€
Carney apparently still did not understand. â€œThe exact thing that he learned?â€
CNSNews.com again clarified, â€œExact date — date.â€
Carney finally responded, â€œIâ€™ll have to get back to you. I donâ€™t have an exact date for you.â€
The White House has since not responded to questions about an exact date or approximate date when Obama learned about the operation.
The next day, June 28, CNSNews.com sent a follow-up e-mail to Carney. Then on July 6, CNSNews.com e-mailed Carney and the White House press office, and called the White House press office to ask for the exact date the president became aware of â€œOperation Fast and Furious.â€ In lieu of a precise date, CNSNews.com said an approximate date of a month and year would be helpful.
Neither Carney nor another White House spokesperson replied.
This is a big deal. Not only were they supplying narco-terrorists with guns, the plan had a horrible result:
The operation was halted shortly after two of the guns from the operation were found at the murder scene of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010. It was an operation ran primarily through the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The Justice Department in Washington, D.C., the U.S. attorneyâ€™s office for the District of Arizona, the FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration were also involved, according to findings by congressional investigators.
This is not a good thing for the White House, or for America, for that matter. When the chief law enforcement officer of the nation cannot tell you that he was not involved in an illegal operation that resulted in the death of at least one border agent and who knows how many citizens, it is an untenable situation for our republic.
Sometimes the threat of impeachment is tossed around too lightly, but if Obama was aware of this program and what they were doing, there is no question as to whether or not he should serve the remainder of his term.