U.S. Government: Arming Gangsters, Groping Grannies

What’s worse than the federal government deliberately arming gangsters? Answer: The federal government deliberately arming gangsters with the express intent of undermining the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution; you know, the Amendment which guarantees that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Such is the nauseating narrative of the rapidly unfolding “Fast and Furious” scandal. As CBS News, which has been doing yeoman’s work on this repulsive episode, reported on December 7:

Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation ‘Fast and Furious’ to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the “big fish.” But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called “gunwalking,” and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3”. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.

If these allegations are true, it is a scandal far, far worse than, say, Watergate, which brought down and entire presidency. I mean, let’s face it — even Nixon’s hotel shenanigans never resulted in actual casualties. Fast & Furious is an impeachable offense if ever there was one, and I’m not the only one who thinks so: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) at a House Judiciary Committee hearing pointedly threatened Attorney General Eric Holder with just such an injunction: ‘”If we don’t get to the bottom of this,” Sensenbrenner told Holder, “there is only one alternative that Congress has, and it’s called impeachment.”

While our government is arming foreign gangsters/terrorists (the distinction is a thin one in the narco-state south of our border), we can at least sleep soundly knowing that the feds are protecting us from that truly insidious threat — grandmothers. ABC News reports:

An 84-year-old New York grandmother says she was “mortified” after being strip-searched by TSA agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport last week.

Lenore Zimmerman of Long Island said she was on her way to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when security whisked her away to a private room without explanation after she asked to forgo the full-body scan, fearing it might interfere with her defibrillator.

“They took me into a private room and pulled down my slacks and pulled down my underwear” without explanation or apology, Zimmerman told ABC News.

The same week Mrs. Zimmerman was violated, 66-year-old Linda Kallish and 88-year-old Ruth Sherman complained of similar abuse at the hand of TSA agents. I myself, and if you fly a lot you probably have a similar story, once saw an elderly woman in a wheelchair harassed and made to remove shoes and other articles of clothing in full view of everyone in the security line — I seethed with rage watching this obviously ill and crippled woman being manhandled like a common criminal.

Too bad she wasn’t a common criminal — she might have received a firearm with which to commit her crimes, courtesy of Eric Holder and Uncle Sam.

We’re through the looking glass here, folks.