FAIRFAX, Va. –-(Ammoland.com)- The following is a letter from Chris Cox of the NRA-ILA regarding the recent developments with Eric Holder and the Obama Administration’s attack on the second amendment called Fast & Furious.
The Hon. Darrell E. Issa, Chairman
The Hon. Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member Committee on Oversight and Government Reform United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Issa and Ranking Member Cummings:
On behalf of the National Rifle Association of America, I am writing in support of the Committee’s resolution recommending that the House find Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. in contempt of Congress.
Neither the Committee’s vote, nor the NRA’s support of the resolution, are undertaken lightly. The Committee’s report thoroughly details the immediate reasons for the resolution: the Justice Department’s open defiance of legitimate demands for documents that are needed for oversight and investigation of one of the most disastrous episodes in the history of federal law enforcement.
That episode, too, is now well documented. In the “Fast and Furious” program, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives pressured reluctant firearms dealers to make sales to known straw purchasers, with the intention of allowing those firearms to be trafficked to Mexican drug cartels. The guns would only be traced after they were recovered by unwitting Mexican authorities, often after being used in violent crimes. And of course, one of those crimes—the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry—took place not in Mexico, but in the United States. BATFE agents foresaw exactly this type of tragedy, but their warnings were disregarded by senior management.
Heightening the NRA’s concerns—and requiring our involvement—is the White House’s use of this program to advance its gun control agenda. The White House actively sought information from the operation to support its plan to demand reporting of multiple rifle sales by the nearly 9,000 federally licensed firearm dealers in border states.
It is no secret that the NRA does not admire Attorney General Holder. For years, we have pointed out his history of anti-Second Amendment advocacy and enforcement actions.
Since taking office, Attorney General Holder has seized on the violence in Mexico to promote the lie that “90 percent” of firearms used in Mexican crime come from the U.S.; to call for bringing back the 1994 Clinton gun ban; and to justify the illegal multiple sales reporting scheme, which amounts to gun registration for honest Americans who buy long guns in southwest border states.
But our support of this contempt resolution is not about those issues—nor is it a partisan decision, for we have also expressed our strong policy disagreements with Attorney General Holder’s predecessors of both parties. The reason we support the contempt resolution is the same reason we first called for Attorney General Holder’s resignation more than a year ago: the Department’s obstruction of congressional oversight of a program that cost lives in support of an anti-gun agenda.
The American people—including millions of NRA members and tens of millions of NRA supporters—deserve the truth about these issues, and we will support any effort that leads us to that truth. This is an issue of the utmost seriousness and the NRA will consider this vote in our future candidate evaluations. If you have any questions about our position on this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.Sincerely, Chris W. Cox
cc: Speaker John Boehner
Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer
Members of the House of Representatives
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