Jul 11, 2011

Weapons Traffic & U.S. Politics: GOP distracts from drug horror - Opinion

OPINION: GOP distracts from drug horror - TheHill.com: "The ATF fiasco has enabled Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to embarrass (Attorney General) Holder and call for his resignation.

Behind the scenes, another player in this political game is the National Rifle Association (NRA). They want Holder’s Justice Department to back off any attempt to renew the ban on assault weapons that President Bush let lapse back in 2004.

Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA, made his goal plain in a recent speech: “If he didn’t know, then who’s minding the store? … Holder has to go.”

The political games being played around this investigation smell bad. The stench, however, should not be allowed to distract from the very real negligence involved with ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious."

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