Friday, November 21, 2008

THIS is what Obama wants for Attorney General

Earlier this year, Eric Holder--along with Janet Reno and several other former officials from the Clinton Department of Justice--co-signed an amicus brief in District of Columbia v. Heller. The brief was filed in support of DC's ban on all handguns, and ban on the use of any firearm for self-defense in the home. The brief argued that the Second Amendment is a "collective" right, not an individual one, and asserted that belief in the collective right had been the consistent policy of the U.S. Department of Justice since the FDR administration. A brief filed by some other former DOJ officials (including several Attorneys General, and Stuart Gerson, who was Acting Attorney General until Janet Reno was confirmed)took issue with the Reno-Holder brief's characterization of DOJ's viewpoint.
Aww, what's a little lying about a legal viewpoint? Especially in a lawyer sworn to the truth? Who works for the government?

But at the least, the Reno-Holder brief accurately expressed the position of the Department of Justice when Janet Reno was Attorney General and Eric Holder was Deputy Attorney General. At the oral argument before the Fifth Circuit in United States v. Emerson, the Assistant U.S. Attorney told the panel that the Second Amendment was no barrier to gun confiscation, not even of the confiscation of guns from on-duty National Guardsmen.
I mean, hell, why should the Guard be immune to having their arms seized? After all, they're just more of the peasants who need the gummint to control their lives, aren't they?

After 9/11, he penned a Washington Post op-ed, "Keeping Guns Away From Terrorists" arguing that a new law should give "the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms a record of every firearm sale." He also stated that prospective gun buyers should be checked against the secret "watch lists" compiled by various government entities. (In an Issue Paper on the watch list proposal, I quote a FBI spokesman stating that there is no cause to deny gun ownership to someone simply because she is on the FBI list.)

After the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the D.C. handgun ban and self-defense ban were unconstitutional in 2007, Holder complained that the decision "opens the door to more people having more access to guns and putting guns on the streets."

Yeah, there's that pesky 'Constitutional' thing getting in the way of doing what's needed for the good of the State and peasantsmasses.

Definitely read the whole damn thing. And take note of this:
Holder played a key role in the gunpoint, night-time kidnapping of Elian Gonzalez. The pretext for the paramilitary invasion of the six-year-old's home was that someone in his family might have been licensed to carry a handgun under Florida law.
Now, just think what the FBI and ATF & Co. could do if they could use registration lists as excuse for 'dynamic entry' raids every time they wanted. Why, just think of all the dead dogs, kittens, smashed homes and terrified peoplepractice the ninja troops could get!
Although a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo showed a federal agent dressed like a soldier and pointing a machine gun at the man who was holding the terrified child, Holder claimed that Gonzalez "was not taken at the point of a gun" and that the federal agents whom Holder had sent to capture Gonzalez had acted "very sensitively."
Dammit, if us dummies keep wanting officials to actually have some regard for the truth, how will we move into the progressive future?

I think the AG position has to go through the approval process; this would be a good time to yell at the congresscritters again.

You know, I've come to the view that one of the big uses of a blog like this is spreading the word. I posted on that idiot ammunition serial-numbering scheme the other day and a guy said he'd not been aware his state was considering this crap; so I wound up helping someone get word. That's a good thing.

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