Owens: House Dems Set to Demonize Gun Owners with Gunwalker Hearing

The Committee on House Oversight and Government Reform will be having a hearing today on the “Gunwalker” scandal almost guaranteed to fill any observer with disgust. It will be a markedly different kind of hearing than the previous hearings on the scandal chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa.

The hearings two weeks ago saw Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents testify about their role in Operation Fast and Furious, the multi-agency scheme that allowed gun smugglers to arm Mexican drug cartels with 2,000 or more weapons as federal law enforcement officers watched. Issa’s hearings included evidence of damning emails that showed acting ATF chief Kenneth Melson to be intimately familiar with the program, which has been blamed for the deaths of two U.S. federal agents and more than 150 Mexican police and soldiers.

The ATF’s parent agency, the Department of Justice (DOJ); the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) were all directly involved in the operation, which could not even have occurred without State Department approval.

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3 Responses to Owens: House Dems Set to Demonize Gun Owners with Gunwalker Hearing

  1. FredR says:

    I’m amazed that this story isn’t getting more traction: federal agencies colluding to ship arms across the Mexican border to known criminals, all for the partisan purpose of linking identified guns with criminals (and victims of those guns, presumably) – all to push a White House favoured anti-gun agenda? Seriously?

    Not only is it blatantly illegal – jail time illegal for the paticipants – I’m also surprised at how meekly the Mexican government is taking this affair! Obviously I’m not sufficiently “nuanced” in international affairs, but isn’t arming one faction of people outside your borders usually considered an act of war? It’s France is now doing in Libya.

    I know the Mexican government is corrupt to the core – but think of the leverage they have on Obama now!!! If they were to squawk about this at the UN and threaten war at the UN podium: think of the damage to Mr. Nobel-Prize-Winner’s – and the US – reputation!

    This is just incredibly stupid at all levels.

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