Fast and Furious Scandal Gives Rise to Gun Regulation Debate That would have been 'Foolhardy"
"There's a lot of talk that President Obama stated that he is working for gun control with alternative methods," said Arizona gun dealer Jeff Serdy.
"I hope this isn't one of them." Serdy and others suspect the Obama administration used the gun-running operation to support regulations Congress would not even consider, namely, a rule requiring gun stores in the Southwest to report anyone who tries to buy multiple "long guns," or rifles, in a one-week period.
"If the American people learn that the motivations for all of this was to make a case to deprive them of their Second Amendment rights or to make a case to further the (Justice) department's ability to further regulate gun rights within the United States, that would make them very angry," said Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks.
Holder insists that's not accurate. "Clearly, an attempt to use Fast and Furious as a way to bolster the request for that long-gun regulation would have been foolhardy," he told the House Judiciary Committee last week.
There is no evidence the administration initially considered using the operation to justify stronger gun laws. But as the investigation dragged on, and Washington saw more and more weapons from U.S. gun stores show up at Mexican crime scenes, at least some officials saw a political argument developing to support their legislative agenda.
In March 2010, Holder's Chief of Staff Gary Grindler attended a detailed briefing on Fast and Furious in Washington. In handwritten notes, Grindler wrote the words "long rifle," "multiple sale" and "need regulation" in the margin of a briefing paper.
On July 14, 2010, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Assistant Director Mark Chait asked then-ATF Phoenix Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell "if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long-gun multiple sales."No....there is no evidence of anything is there. Only the evidence that thousands of guns, primarily assualt weapons were willingly walked across the boarder with the aid and assistance of American ATF agents who not only encouraged it, but at times financed it.
There is no evidence that any of those guns have been used for any criminal conduct either in Mexico or here in americ now is there... We have a dead Border Patrol agent who was murdered with one of those weapons, but that proves nothing right. And the ATF with the direction of Eric Holder's Justice Department, had no ill intent toward any Americans legally owning firearms.
This was all just one big misunderstanding. An experiment gone awry. Nothing to worry about folks, move along, nothing to see here., The government is on top of everything and they are looking out for your best interests. Isn't that right mr. attorney general.