By John M. Snyder
The Obama administration has been reduced to playing musical chairs at the Justice Department.
This musical chairs charade is the Obama administration’s response to the government’s gun scandal, and it isn’t going to wash.
In that scandal, conducted by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. government allowed and even participated in the illegal transfer of thousands of firearms from the United States to Mexico. Many of the guns were used in the commission of crimes in both countries, including in the murder of American law enforcement agents.
The government called this Operation Fast and Furious under Project Gunrunner. Now Attorney General Eric Holder is shifting people around the department and even around the country in order to stamp out the bad publicity and the congressional investigation coming as a result of the scandal. However, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, apparently is not going to bite on this bone. He says he’s going ahead with the investigation and will continue to hold public hearings on the government’s gun mess.
Among the factors in the Justice Department’s game of musical chairs was the announcement that Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson was reassigned to the position of senior adviser on forensic science in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Programs.
It’s good news indeed that Chairman Issa is going ahead with the congressional inquiry. It would be a good idea to scrap ATF and perhaps launch a full scale investigation of the Justice Department. It also would be a good idea to deep-six some of the nonsensical federal firearm laws now on the books, and reassert the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms without undue interference from nosy federal bureaucrats.
In November of 2012, just a little over a year from now, American voters will have a chance to deep-six gun grabbing politicians in the White House and in Congress. It’s not too early to get ready for a sea-change in American politics.