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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Beware The "The Bad Gun Did It' Trap

I remind you, when you read about the developing scandal relating to the Obama administration's decision to sell weapons to Mexican drug cartels - see "Fast and Furious" - weapons that were used to kill scores of people - innocent and otherwise - that the issue isn't the weapons.  The issue is the Justice Department's intentions in selling guns to murdering drug lords, knowing that those guns would be used to slaughter human beings.

I think I need to remind Mark Steyn as well.  It's not about the guns, dude.  Said Steyn to radio host Hugh Hewitt the other day:
“Now real Mexicans are dead.  Does the president of the United States, does his attorney general, does CNN, does The New York Times, does NPR — do they not care about dead Mexicans?

“I mean, forget the United States Border Patrol guys that were killed [with] these ‘Fast & Furious’ guns. Real-live, or previously live, citizens of third world countries — the kind of people that NPR, The New York Times claim to love — are dead because of this.”

“Why isn’t that a national scandal? This is absolutely a — Iran-Contra didn’t rack [up] that kind of body count. Watergate didn’t rack up that kind of body count. Sarah Palin’s daughter’s boyfriend’s mother, or whatever stupid story they were chasing around Wasilla for months, that didn’t rack up a body count. There were hundreds of dead Mexicans from a gun running program run by the United States.” [link]
There's nothing in that that's wrong, of course.  But the issue isn't about the guns used or who used them or who they were used on.  It's about the blockheads in Obama's Justice Department who thought it was a good idea to sell the guns, knowing full well that they'd be used to kill people.  What were they thinking?

As some wise man once said, "Guns don't kill people; morons in our government kill people."

That remains the issue.