When President Obama was just Barack Obama, there were many concerns about some of the policies he would enact, after he moved into the White House. One of those concerns was over his view of the 2nd Amendment and how he would possibly work to undermine what is arguably the most important amendment to our Constitution. Let’s face it, without the protections afforded by the 2nd Amendment, the 1st and the rest of the amendments could easily be overcome by someone willing to use force. The 2nd Amendment gives us the right to keep and bear arms as individuals, to protect ourselves from the possible tyranny of the government. I do not want to find out what happens if the 2nd Amendment becomes null and void.
Remember the drug wars in Mexico? Remember how well armed the drug cartels are? Not long after Obama took office, efforts were undertaken to make it appear that the vast majority of those guns were coming directly from the United States. The President himself stated, on more than once occasion, the percentage was extremely high. As it turns out, the number he was referring to was the percentage of guns that the government was able to track. What he failed to mention was the fact that most of the guns were untraceable and many of them were of foreign origin, foreign meaning not from North America. Since that didn’t meet his criteria for a crisis, he left that little tidbit of information out of his rhetoric.
Many of you will be familiar with the ongoing investigation into the ATF’s ill-fated gun-tracking operation near our border with Mexico, Operation Fast and Furious. It is now known that the ATF instructed it’s agents to deliberately allow guns into Mexico, even after many of those same agents warned of the dangers of doing so. Those who control the ATF told the agents they simply didn’t understand the bigger picture. Well, the bigger picture is the fact that Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by a member of a drug gang, using a weapon that was traced directly back to the ATF’ and Operation Fast and Furious.
I seriously doubt anyone will be able to make a successful argument that the ATF didn’t royally mess this operation up. The facts are plain and simple to understand and it is clear, they screwed up. In spite of Eric Holder’s assertions to the contrary, the facts can not be denied. If that isn’t enough to chew on, we are now looking at new regulations ready to be implemented by the Obama administration, regulations that will require firearms dealers to report certain sales to the government. From Fox News:
The Justice Department, facing growing questions over Operation Fast and Furious, a controversial sting targeting Mexican drug cartels and American gunrunners, announced last month that it would begin requiring firearms dealers along the nation’s Southwest border to report multiple sales of certain semi-automatic rifles. The department said such rifles are “highly sought after by dangerous drug trafficking organizations,” and the new measures would help “detect and disrupt” weapons trafficking networks.
When the measures were first announced, a top Justice Department official said they were “tailored to focus only” on multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles with calibers greater than .22 and the ability to accept a detachable magazine. In particular, federal authorities in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas should be notified when multiple purchases are made within a five-day period.
What can I say, but here we go again? Does the ATF really believe these new regulations will bear fruit? Do they not see how meaningless they are, how easily they will be to manipulate? Clearly, all they care about is placing more burdens on gun owners and the firearms dealers they do business with. With those added burdens, they acquire added control of the 2nd Amendment and the rights that it affords to the American citizen. Does that constitute an attack on the 2nd Amendment and the Constitution of the United States? I believe it does.