House Minority report on Operation Gunwalker
Here's a pdf of a report prepared by the Demo minority of the House Oversight Committee, in anticipation of their hearings. The first page is a series of quotes from MSM, making it obvious who they regard as their allies, or tools. Most of the content is interviews of ATF supervisors claiming that they need more gun laws.
I'd have thought they'd have more sense than to extensively quote William Newell, the Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Office, and the fellow who pushed Operation Gunwalker, and reportedly led a coup to oust the ATF attache' in Mexico, when he opposed it. As a person responsible for seeing that 2,500 guns went to the drug cartels, I suppose he is an expert on the subject, but still....
I've seen this done before, when I was a bureaucrat. Their argument is that they need a specific statute directed at gun trafficking. OK, straw man buys are felonies (the buyer has to lie on the 4473, where it asks if is buying the gun for himself), any resales in quantity for profit are a felony (being a dealer without an FFL), exporting guns without a permit is a felony, knowing transfer of a firearm to a person who intends to use it in violence is a SERIOUS felony, and conspiracy to do any of these is a felony. Why do we need another statute?
Answer: US Attorneys are declining to take cases because, among other things, the penalties seem too low. OK, US Attorneys work for some guy named Eric Holder. All he has to do is issue an order.