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.” Yesterday’s Arizona Daily Star provides a good example, in observing the problem with comparing “Operation Fast and Furious” to the Watergate scandal (although the article misses the most obviouis weakness with such a comparison–that Watergate did not get anyone killed):
What’s missing in the Watergate comparison is a clear motive for the Obama White House to send weapons to Mexico. The National Rifle Association and its allies have filled that void with a theory that, in Babeu’s words, Fast and Furious was part of a “master plan” to bring about more gun control.
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. Mike Vanderboegh provides the transcript:
FEINSTEIN: And so the question comes, do you believe that if there were some form of registration when you purchase these firearms that that would make a difference?
BREUER: I do, Senator. Senator, we’re talking today about transnational organized crime, and your leadership and the chairman’s and other senators shows that information — information is the tool we need to challenge and defeat organized crime.
And . . .
FEINSTEIN: See, my concern, Mr. Chairman, is there has been a lot said about Fast and Furious, and perhaps mistakes were made. 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, .50 caliber weapons, a sniper weapons, buy them in large amounts, and send them down to Mexico.
And . . .
Breuer: Very few hunters in the United States or sports people and law-abiding people really need to have semiautomatic weapons or long guns.
Keep in mind that Feinstein has been waiting for “the time and place” to resume her anti-gun jihad, as she told Leslie Stahl on CBS News 60 Minutes about two and a half years ago:
I wouldn’t bring it up now…I’ll pick the time and the place, no question about that.
And now we know what the “time and place” are–a Senate hearing about this administration’s deliberate arming of vicious drug cartels. How convenient for her.
The administration’s “gun control” agenda is no longer “under the radar.”
- A journalist’s guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part One
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker-Part Two
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Three
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Four
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Five
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Six
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Seven
- Official Correspondence on the Project Gunwalker Scandal.
- Sharyl Attkisson’s stories on CBS
- ‘Gunwalking’ to forcible citizen disarmament tyranny–compelling new evidence
- ‘Gunwalking’ for stricter gun regulation, not a conspiracy theory
- Bombshells and deflections in Fast & Furious investigation
- “Do you believe that if there were some form of registration when you purchase these firearms that that would make a difference?” “I do.”
- Feinstein may have inadvertently confirmed Gunwalker ulterior motive
- The NRA Boogey-Man