Oh yeah–this is the guy who will rein in the BATFE

Pending passage through the vetting process, our next Attorney General will be Eric Holder. What effect can the Attorney General have on gun rights? Quite a large one.

One of the responsibilities of the Attorney General, of course, is leadership of the Department of Justice, of which the BATFE is now a part. It’s also the Attorney General who is empowered to determine whether or not a firearm is suitable for “sporting purposes” (don’t even get me started on the perversity of having that as a criterion for which arms are suitable to be kept and borne); and who would, under the abomination of S. 1237/H.R. 2074 have the power to unilaterally deny a person’s ability to buy a firearm, on the basis of a suspicion that he’s a terrorist.

So what do we know about Eric Holder’s stance on the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental, absolute human right of the individual to keep and bear arms? A fair amount, and it’s not encouraging.

For example, as Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton administration, he was big on closing the mythical “gun show loophole.”

Today Individual Members of Congress have a clear-cut choice to make. Either they can cave in to the narrow, special interests that value the cold, hard steel of guns more than the lives of children, neighbors and police officers, or they can fulfill the mandate of the broad majority of the American public by supporting a reasonable, common sense bill that would make all of us safer from armed criminals. The choice for each House Member is just that stark.

He goes on a lot farther, but you get the idea.

Not that our last two Attorneys General, appointed by the “Vote Freedom First” President, have been real coups for the gun rights movement. Alberto Gonzales differed from Holder’s former boss, Janet Reno, mainly in being not quite as masculine. Mukasey showed some early potential, but didn’t take long to show his true colors.

Still, the choice of Holder would be the continuation of an unbroken trend on the part of the incoming Obama administration of assembling a group of anti-gun jihadists.

Keep your powder dry.

More at War on Guns, Snowflakes in Hell, Say Uncle, and probably others.

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