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Issa: Obama's ATF Waging 'War on Guns' With Sting Operations

Sunday, 12 Jan 2014 11:17 PM

By Greg Richter

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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., accused the Obama White House of waging a "war on guns," based on reports of "rogue" ATF operations in 2013.

Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told Fox News Channel on Sunday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the operations were "Fast and Furious revisited," a reference to the government gun-running operation that sold unregistered weapons that ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that ATF agent stings in six cities "took advantage of the mentally ill, set up stings near churches and schools and made decisions which some claim actually increased crime in their neighborhoods."

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ATF Director Todd Jones was supposed to clean up the so-called rogue operations, Issa told Fox. "And instead — what you see in many of these cases — they’re continuing. They’re continuing to have this be what’s called a ‘rogue organization.’ But I think for the members of the ATF, I want to make sure I make one thing clear: The ATF never acts alone. The FBI and the U.S. attorneys in each of these areas — political appointees — they work hand in hand …

"This is the president, President Obama's Department of Justice that continues to support these sting operations, these ‘rogue operations’ as they’re called, that lead to harm in communities."

Issa said the Obama administration continues to make such "bold and reckless moves" because it "hates guns so much." The White House, he said, wants to get all guns – legal and illegal – off the street.

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