Politics is a cesspool. Anyone who thinks elected officials and high-level government bureaucrats are interested in anything more than their own career protection and advancement just isn’t paying attention. If their lips are moving they’re paying lip service to the beliefs and ideals that are supposed to underpin America. The legacy media is no better. They really are as profoundly biased as the profoundly biased right-wing commentators say they are. The legacy media, I mean. I guess a liberal arts education is a terrible thing to waste. But it’s their reliance on moral relativism that really sticks in my craw. In other words, they believe two wrongs makes them right. To wit, the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Huffington Post columnist Josh Horwitz on the ATF’s extra-legal (i.e. criminal) Operation Fast and Furious . . .
The National Rifle Association (NRA) remains absolutely giddy over U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) aggressive investigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) through the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee . . .
Although we don’t know all the facts yet, it’s clear that “Fast and Furious” was an ill-conceived and reckless operation — and it may have cost lives. It also cost two high-level officials their jobs — on August 30, ATF acting director Kenneth Melson and U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke announced their resignations. New leadership can help refocus the agency on its mission–preventing all illegal firearms diversion from U.S. gun stores and gun shows with zero tolerance. Because this is also clear–the 2,000 guns that were allowed to walk in “Fast and Furious” represent just a tiny percentage of the high-powered firearms that are trafficked from the United States to Mexico in the course of a given year.
I’d like to see Mr. Horwitz look into the faces of Mr. and Mrs. Terry—the parents of the U.S. Border Patrol Agent murdered by drug thugs wielding weapons enabled by Operation Fast and Furious—and say that he’s not sure how their son died. That despite the hard physical evidence linking Gunwalker firearms to the crime, he reckons the ATF “may” have contributed to their son’s death.
I’d like Horwitz to sit here, at this desk, with me, and click through the gruesome gallery of murdered Mexicans who spent their last moments on planet earth in abject terror, as Mexican cartel members equipped with ATF-enabled weapons mutilated their victims’ bodies. And then tell me the ATF’s two thousand firearms were OK because they were just a “tiny percentage” of the U.S. firearms bought by the bad guys.
I’d like Horwitz to pause for a moment and consider the fact that the Mexican cartels use tens of thousands of firearms, and grenades, and machine guns, that somehow “seeped” from official U.S. sales to the Calderon government and the corrupt governments throughout Latin America. And then tell me that gun control within the United States is a better way to stop the killing south of our border than reigning-in the Obama administration’s military exports.
The truth is the first casualty of war. The only “truth” that Horwitz’ knows is that the gun-grabbing ATF is good and the gun rights-protecting NRA is bad. Any facts that don’t fit this template must be spun into oblivion, lest they ruin the narrative.
The NRA was not satisfied with the resignations of Melson and Burke, however, and have their sights set on a bigger target — Attorney General Eric Holder. Despite the fact that there is no evidence indicating that Holder even knew about “Fast and Furious,” the NRA has called on him to resign immediately.
As pithier pundits than I have pointed out, if Eric Holder didn’t know about Operation Fast and Furious—a government-sponsored gun smuggling program that violated Mexican national sovereignty and contributed to the death of at least two U.S. law enforcement officers (not forgetting ICE Agent Jaime Zapata)—he should have.
Reason enough to remove Holder from a position of power. But when you’re intentionally ignorant, ignorance is a bliss to be shared. Promoted in fact. And nothing is more ignorant, more morally repulsive and yet more effective at countering the truth than moral relativism.
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre has done an impressive job of feigning outrage in his condemnation of the operation, saying, “These guns are now, as a result of what [ATF] did, in the hands of evil people, and evil people are committing murders and crimes with these guns against innocent citizens.” In the September issue of America’s 1st Freedom, he referred to “at least 150 Mexican families grieving for loved ones lost because of the perfidy of agency ‘leaders’ wedded to a wacked-out-scheme.”
The NRA’s sudden concern about the illegal trafficking of guns to dangerous people couldn’t be more hypocritical. It turns out the NRA knows quite a bit about “wacked-out-schemes” that allow “evil people” to hurt “innocent citizens” in foreign countries.
Time, space and legal restrictions prevent me from repeating Horwitz’s accusations concerning NRA Board Members Bob Brown, Grover Norquist, Oliver North and Roy Innis. Click here to peruse the charges on Horwitz’s new website meetthenra.org.
For the sake of argument, let’s simply assume that all of the NRA’s board members are baby killers. Who cares? What possible difference does THAT make when it comes to the federal government’s involvement in arming stone cold killers south of the border? If there’s a worse way to pretend to take the moral high ground, I can’t think of one. Not right now. Not after this . . .
Does Wayne LaPierre have pity for the innocent lives lost to these evil people in Africa and South America? Or is LaPierre’s outrage reserved only for political and fundraising campaigns designed to discredit the agency that enforces America’s gun laws? If LaPierre is serious about stemming the flow of weapons to criminals around the world, he had better clean his own house first — as opposed to worrying about Eric Holder or anyone else at the Justice Department, whose misdeeds pale in comparison to those of his own board members.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m a cynical bastard. I understand that the NRA is just as agenda-driven as Horwitz and the jack-booted thugs the columnist defends with his reprehensible rhetoric. I know that all powerful men have skeletons in their closet.
But I believe that ours is a nation founded on the rule of law, with a simple operational principle: no man is above the law. I hope and pray that Congress and the court system uncovers and punishes the transgressions committed by members of our government in our name. Without fear or favor.