On the same day that the 2013 NRA Convention began in Houston, TX Barack Obama was in Mexico telling an audience that “most of the guns used to commit violent crimes here in Mexico, come from the United States.” What he didn’t tell that audience was that his administration is responsible for Operation Fast and Furious, a program in which the ATF told reluctant gun store owners to sell high-powered guns to bad guys who would then ‘walk’ those guns to drug cartels in Mexico.
Yet, Republicans and gun rights activists have avoided bludgeoning those in the administration and on the Democratic side of the aisle by contrasting the exploitation of Sandy Hook with the failed attempt to exploit the consequences of Fast and Furious by pointing to its consequences. Those consequences have been – and continue to be – hundreds of murdered people. The Obama administration wanted to use those consequences to push gun control but couldn’t because of whistleblowers in general, and one in particular – ATF Agent John Dodson.
Dodson came forward when one of the guns found at the murder scene of Border Agent Brian Terry on December 14, 2010 was a gun from Operation Fast and Furious. In 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress and Obama asserted Executive Privilege to prevent documents from coming forward that would reveal the truth about the operation.
Despite all of this, Obama presented every speaker at the NRA Convention with a golden opportunity to draw this contrast. To this point, no one has highlighted this contrast.
Said Obama on Friday, May 3rd, the first day of the NRA Convention:
“I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people that can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States… So we’ll keep increasing the pressure on gun traffickers who bring illegal guns into Mexico. We’ll keep putting these criminals where they belong – behind bars.”
This is gall-dacity.
Despite this low-hanging fruit, even Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin have avoided contrasting Obama’s exploitation of Sandy Hook with his failure to do so in Fast and Furious… because he got caught.
It’s hard to explain why conservatives are avoiding the one argument that will deliver the most severe blow. They don’t even use it when they’re being taunted by Obama.
Makes. No. Sense.
Here is Cruz. Good speech but he also avoided Fast and Furious vs. Sandy Hook:
**UPDATE** We have a Fast and Furious mention at the NRA Convention (h/t Orangeone), courtesy of Judge Jeanine. It can be found at the 12:30 mark in this clip: