From ABC 15 in Phoenix via Jawa:
As mentioned, the strategy on the part of the Democrats appears to be full-steam ahead with what the original plan behind Operation Fast and Furious likely was to begin with - tighter gun control laws. The problem here is that the ATF has been exposed as having been the entity that mandated law-breaking.
The lawmakers praised Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the Oversight committee, for broadening the inquiry into Fast and Furious to include a look at American gun laws. The Maryland Democrat released a report early Thursday titled “Outgunned,” that details how ATF agents say gun laws need to be tightened for them to fight organized crime along the U.S.-Mexico border.This is like having your hand caught in the cookie jar while simultaneously pointing the other hand at someone else while saying we need to lock the jar. Despite the fact that - as illustrated in the report above - the guns that are showing up at crime scenes were put there specifically by the ATF, not law-abiding gun rights advocates. Yet, Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings wants to ignore the ATF's role.
“These reforms are essential to help law enforcement to stop guns from getting into the hands of the world’s most dangerous criminals,” Cummings said in his opening remarks. “Prosecutors and law enforcement agents should not have to bend over backward to imprison those who provide military-grade weapons to murderers.”
At a previous hearing, Cummings pushed for a look at how American gun laws could be fueling the violence. He hosted a forum Thursday morning with several law enforcement officials and gun control advocates, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
The slate of witnesses on Thursday was friendly to the Democrats’ cause, forcefully advocating for changes to the nation’s gun statutes.
Partisanship on steroids.
HERE is a copy of the report put out by the minority party on the House Oversight committee.
h/t Sipsey Street