In a conference call this morning with Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, reporters were told the Attorney General in Mexico has confirmed at least 200 murders south of the border happened as a result of Operation Fast and Furious.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention, as the Attorney General in Mexico is so concerned, she’s made the point that at least 200 Mexicans have been killed with these weapons and probably countless more,” Issa said.
Eleven crimes in the United States have been linked to Operation Fast and Furious up to this point. Issa said he expects as the investigation in the operation continues, more crimes connected to Fast and Furious will come to light and be exposed. This is not surprising, considering out of 2500 weapons the Obama Justice Department allowed to “walk,” and that only 600 have been recovered…
This, my fellow Americans, is a stain upon our national honor – it was we, through our government, which allowed these weapons to flow to Mexico. We did it deliberately – and, why? My view, as I’ve said before, is that it was a sick attempt to reinvigorate the gun control forces in this nation. Not being able to get any traction as all the gun control ideology has proven false, someone cooked up a plan to arm Mexican criminals and then blame honest, innocent American gun dealers for the weapons…we were never supposed to find out that the weapons were purchased by the US government and illegally transferred to the drug gangs.
In order to restore our national honor in this matter we simply must get to the bottom of it – we must find out exactly who ordered this program to go forward and, in the best case scenario, ensure they see the inside of a jail cell. People are dead because someone in DC made an egregiously stupid decision…we owe it to the dead to punish the guilty and ensure it never happens again.
Ah, the typical debate – from the LA Times:
On Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk is a bid to bar Californians from openly carrying firearms, legislation that could open a new front in the state’s decades-old gun control debate.
The measure, aimed at an increasingly popular tactic used by 2nd Amendment activists, would make California the first state since 1987 to outlaw the controversial practice of publicly displaying a weapon…
…Gun control advocates hope that California will now pave the way for the rest of the country to outlaw the practice.
“Openly carrying a gun with [an ammunition] magazine in your back pocket into Starbucks and other establishments creates a culture of fear and intimidation,” said Brian Malte, director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “It is irresponsible and dangerous.”…
I don’t know about you, but seeing someone openly carrying a weapon doesn’t intimidate me…by nature, criminals don’t want anyone to know they’re armed until they commit their crime. Honest men and women legally carrying firearms, in my view, increases public safety: it is highly unlikely that a criminal will commit a crime if some of the people in the area are clearly armed. Criminals are not brave – they are cowards who prey upon the weak. So, don’t be weak – be armed.
The liberal gun-grabbers, though, will never give up…somewhere deep inside them is a desire that all Americans be good, little slaves. Disarming us is vital if liberalism is ultimately to gain full control of the United States. Thwarted in one area, they’ll just try another…and they’ll keep at it and at it and at it until they have disarmed the American people. Or, alternately, we stand so firm in defense of our liberty that it becomes the rock-solid law of the land that any law abiding citizen can carry whatever personal weapon he likes anywhere in the great Republic.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Virginia’s bars and restaurants did not turn into shooting galleries as some had feared during the first year of a new state law that allows patrons with permits to carry concealed guns into alcohol-serving businesses, a Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis found.
The number of major crimes involving firearms at bars and restaurants statewide declined 5.2 percent from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, compared with the fiscal year before the law went into effect, according to crime data compiled by Virginia State Police at the newspaper’s request.
And overall, the crimes that occurred during the law’s first year were relatively minor, and few of the incidents appeared to involve gun owners with concealed-carry permits, the analysis found…
An armed population is a free and safe population – also, a more well-mannered population. This is just natural. If we’re armed, we can’t just be oppressed at will. If we’re armed, criminals think twice about committing crimes. If we’re armed, everyone minds their manners because they’d rather not accidentally insult someone who is carrying a gun. Neatly stated by John Wayne in The Shootist:
I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people and I expect the same from them.
In the end there are only two types of people who don’t want an armed population – people who just don’t understand freedom and tyrants.
We got this:
Now we get a supine population being roughed up by welfare bums.
You know something, I’ve never actually owned a gun. Always figured that enough of my fellow citizens had them to ensure a general defense against riot. But now I’m going to buy one. To all the barbarians out there – you go ahead and start a riot in my town, we’ll have words.
Civilization stands on the edge of destruction – the once-great nation of Britain, which used to boast that it never had and never shall lie at the proud foot of a conqueror, is dying. This is the left wants for us, too…a disarmed, cowardly and government-dependent serfdom, while barbarians prowl unchecked. Not for me – my America shall live, even if it requires the shedding of barbarian and patriot blood.