Efforts to Prevent Another Fast and Furious Stripped by Obama

Katie Pavlich

2/17/2012 2:20:00 PM - Katie Pavlich

Emily Miller of The Washington Times has been sifting through President Obama's latest budget boondogle and has found some pretty alarming items. First, Obama's budget strips language that would prevent another Operation Fast and Furious from occuring again.

In November, the president signed the Justice Department appropriations bill, which included language from Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, prohibiting federal agencies from facilitating the transfer of an operable firearm to an individual known or suspected to be in a drug cartel, unless they monitor the weapon at all times.

Now Mr. Obama is proposing to remove that provision from the 2013 spending bill, thus making it legal to revive gun-walking operations in the future. The White House justification is merely that the prohibition is “not necessary.”

Second, the budget pushes anti-Second Amendment policies.


Mr. Obama’s budget contains other gun-grabbing surprises. The White House is looking to reclaim authority to destroy surplus M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines. For 30 years, the Defense Department has been blocked from scrapping these collectible firearms that served our soldiers well in World War II and the Korean War. The administration also wants to melt down the military’s spent brass casings, thwarting gun owners who have been buying and recycling the surplus materials.

The president’s budget would also restore millions in funding to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control so they can pump out junk science studies claiming handguns are a public health hazard.

Why would the president strip language to prevent another lethal Fast and Furious program? A program responsible for the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexican citizens? It seems Obama is on the same page as former Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division Bill Newell, who was in charge of Fast and Furious. Newell said in July during Congressional testimony that he would run the program again after accessing the risk. Instead of holding his attorney general responsible for reckless decisions within the Department of Justice surrouding Fast and Furious, President Obama is giving Eric Holder the chance to run the program all over again.