Yesterday, I blogged a letter sent to the Office of Management and Budget. Twenty-nine Democrats directed the OMB’s Acting Director to kill the Tiahrt Amendment—the law that keeps ATF eTrace data under wraps. As part of their rationale for exposing gun stores to criminal and civil prosecution (for legally selling guns later used illegally), the Dems claimed the Amendment hampered Senator Grassley’s investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. The exact wording: “Chairman Darrell Issa and Senator Chuck Grassley had to take the extreme step of requesting gun trace data of the Mexican Ambassador since they weren’t allowed to do so with their own government.” WTF? I contacted Senator Grassley’s office to get the 411 from the horse’s mouth (rather than the other end). Here’s his statement . . .
The ATF routinely releases this type of data to members of Congress. I’ve asked for it and received it on various occasions. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration would not cooperate when we asked for the information in relation to Operation Fast and Furious. So, it’s not because the U.S. government couldn’t provide the information, it’s that they wouldn’t provide the information, thus the request to the Mexican government.
There are lies, damned lies and the lies perpetuated by those who would trample on your God-given or natural but certainly Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. I wonder what Brian Terry would have thought of these fellow Americans.
Meanwhile, Grassley has cleverly written a “gun control” bill that strips out universal background checks, cracks down on straw purchases and puts plenty o’ pork on the plate for school safety measures.
Equally, it provide awesome CYA for Republicans who don’t want to be accused of “doing nothing” to make America safer from “gun violence” while blocking civilian disarmament legislation.