U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced his intention to resign as soon as a replacement can be named. Although his departure will be unlikely to cause Second Amendment supporters to shed a tear, it does raise concern as to the political leaning of Holder’s replacement. With the November elections around the corner, the stakes of protecting your Second Amendment rights just shot through the roof.
Political prognosticators and analysts have noted a strong bias in our current President with a history of appointing and nominating highly partisan individuals to top leadership roles. With a republican House and the Senate up for grabs, Holder’s replacement will largely be decided by which party controls the confirmation process, which could have lasting implications on gun rights.
Even if you believe all politics are local, Holder’s tenure has been fraught with controversy. For example, here are a few of Holder’s most scandalous moments while in the Obama Administration.
Opposition to Second Amendment Rights
In 2008, Eric Holder claimed the Second Amendment does not protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, but only applied to government militias. Survey political scholars and historians, and you won’t find an instance where Holder has opposed a single gun control law or proposal. This follows a long history stretching back to the 1990s where Holder advocated, “brainwashing people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.” And stating, “What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we changed our attitudes about cigarettes.”
Fast & Furious
A U.S. government gun-trafficking investigation gone horribly wrong resulted in the death of U.S. Border Patrol officer Brian Terry, and landing some 2,000 firearms in the hands of criminals. Additionally, 57 Fast and Furious weapons have been connected to at least an additional 11 violent crimes in the U.S.” The operation was not such a scandal based solely on the outcome or effort. Instead, Holder’s DOJ tried to blame the effort on a failed Bush administration effort know as Operation Wide Receiver.
DOJ Requested $382 Million for ‘Gun Safety’ (Identity Bracelets)
Holder testified in April 2014 before a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations committee and acknowledged the existence of the Second Amendment, which gives people the unqualified right to own and carry weapons. He then changed direction and qualified the statement by expressing support for several gun control measures that he described as “common sense reforms.” Among them was a need for smart guns that would only function if the gun identified a fingerprint or the user was wearing a specific bracelet. All of this was under the guise of the $382 million requested for gun safety.
November 2009 Senate Committee Hearing Suggests
In an aggressive gun control push after the Fort hood shootings, President Obama asked lawmakers not to use the shootings in ‘political theater’ However, it would seem Eric Holder did not get the memo. After explaining and defending his decision to give enemy combatants constitutional protections and the right to public trial in civilian courts, Attorney General Holder revealed his support for a national gun owner registration scheme and authorizing the government to ban firearm possession for any person by merely adding that person’s name to the terror watch list.
The upshot was Holder’s recommendations for a national, permanent gun registration system administered by law enforcement. A registration of citizens that have cleared the federal background check for gun purchases with those records permanently retained by and shared among law enforcement—a National Registry. This also detailed a plan for a new federal authority to prohibit any person on the federal watch list (reported to be 400,000 names) from buying guns and supporting the confiscation of guns from those on the list who possess them. Due process be damned, he wanted to stick your name on a list and strip you of your Second Amendment rights.
Eric Holder is not and never has been a friend of the Second Amendment and to that end we can all—with a collective sigh—say, ‘good riddance.” However, the danger exists of Holder’s replacement being even further to the Left and even more anti-gun. The best advice is to remain engaged in the process, support gun friendly organizations such as the NRA, NAGR, Second Amendment Foundations and others and be ready to speak out against the nomination of Holder’s replacement if necessary. When that happens, Cheaper Than Dirt! will be sure to bring you the latest Second Amendment news.
How do you feel about Holder’s resignation? Is he setting himself up for a run at office elsewhere? What about his replacement? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section.