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What Kills? Guns, Or People?

By The Reverend Published: July 2, 2012

It's important to note that the National Rifle Association announced prior to the House vote on contempt of Congress charges against AG Eric Holder that the organization would be "scoring" the contempt vote. Naturally, that was meant as a warning to any wavering GOP members and any Blue Dog Democrats thinking about voting no. Implicit in the "scoring" announcement was a threat from the NRA that they would withhold campaign funds from any congressman voting against contempt charges and encourage voters to toss all "no" voters out of Congress this November.

The contempt vote held last Thursday, a political stunt rivaling the Terri Schiavo fiasco, was successful. For the first time in American history a member of the presidential administration has been held in contempt of Congress by the House. All this over gunwalking by ATF personnel. Here's one gun enthusiast's brief take on Fast and Furious.....

Someone within the Obama administration purposely put 2000 AK-47 assault rifles into the hands of Mexican arms and drug dealers; ostensibly to follow the weapons to their ultimate destinations, then arrest the bad guys.

To date, 1400 of the deadly weapons are lost; hundreds of Mexicans have been shot dead; and renegade illegal aliens armed with these very assault weapons killed a U.S. border guard – Agent Brian Terry.

Now....I've been thinking about this GOP stunt....and I have questions.

First.....when it comes to guns, is the following true or not.....'guns don't kill people, people kill people'? Isn't it true that when anyone brings forward a bill or an idea to regulate gun sales and/or distribution of ammo that gun enthusiasts respond with 'guns don't kill people, people kill people?'

Did the guns that ATF agents let "walk" into Mexico under Operation Wide Receiver and Operation Fast and Furious....kill border guard, Brian Terry.....or did "people" kill him? Which is it? What did Republicans focus on in the F&F hearings and contempt vote? Didn't they focus on....well....the guns, the assault weapons? And why would they do that if, in fact, "guns don't kill people, people kill people?"

To construct my argument that Republicans couldn't possibly be any more hypocritical than they have been during the pursuit of Eric Holder.....I would point out the conservative/Republican/NRA rejection of mandatory background checks at gun shows in the U.S., and I would point out the conservative/Republican/NRA rejection of limiting the size of ammo magazines for semi-automatic weapons, like the one used by Jared Loughner to shoot Gabby Giffords and others in Arizona.

If, in fact, guns and ammo don't kill people, only people kill argued in conservative/Republican/NRA positions on gun show background checks and 40 round gun clips.....why did conservatives/Republicans/NRA go all the way to a contempt vote last week over guns that allegedly don't kill people? Would it not have been more consistent if GOP/NRA members, instead of making a federal case out of the guns walking into Mexico, pointed their fingers of blame at the "people" who killed Brian Terry, most likely Mexican drug thugs?

Or is this Fast and Furious program a GOP/NRA one-off? Is it possible that in just this one case it IS the guns and not the people who...kill people? Or could it just be.....hypocrisy? Saying whatever is necessary to achieve your objectives, whether you have previously said just the opposite repeatedly or not. The objective of the GOP/NRA being the "impeachment by proxy" of President Obama through a contempt vote against Holder.

Let's consider the gun show loophole. I've seen videos of gun shows where vendors, traders, sellers openly dismiss any background checks....and unchecked buyers walk away with the weapons, no questions asked....even when the buyer states openly he probably wouldn't pass a background check. Doesn't that sound a bit like Operations, Wide Receiver, and Fast and Furious? No one one kept track of....where the guns either case.

And yet Republicans have fought tooth and nail to prevent closure of the gun show loophole. I suppose because.....well....guns don't kill people, people do. Did guns kill Brian Terry, or did people kill him? Was it the fault of the guns....or was it the fault of the people who did the killing?

The weapons in the gun walking programs were "assault weapons." Republicans hyperventilated over these assault weapons getting into Mexico....and yet those same Republicans have fought every effort to renew the assault weapons ban in the U.S. Is it the assault "guns" in Mexico that are responsible for killing people, and in the U.S. it's the "people" who are responsible? And if so, what explains the difference?

Many Americans fully realize now that big corporations control our federal government. It's kind of hard to miss these days. What we have witnessed in the Darrel Issa-Fast and Furious-Contempt Vote fiasco is the worst that corporate control of our government has to offer. The NRA, funded by gun enthusiasts and gun and ammo manufacturers, and a permanent fixture in the Republican Party....already having pleased their corporate sponsors by ginning up record gun sales immediately following Obama's election in 2008.....were looking for an encore windfall in gun sales this general election season. The NRA and House Republicans conspired together in Issa's embarrassing and un-self aware F&F hearings and ultimate contempt vote to produce the sequel that gun and ammo manufacturers were after.

Obama, making no move, whatsoever, to control or regulate guns his first god.....planning on regulating guns his second term. That's the message the NRA, and their GOP servants, intended to spread with investigating Fast and Furious. Why? So that gun and ammo manufacturers could reap another windfall in product sales out of fear of the gun-hating Obama.


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