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Hypocrisy Can Kill--ATF

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On December 14, 2010, Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian Terry was shot as he tried to capture heavily armed "bandits" targeting illegal immigrants trying to get across the border near Rio Rico, Arizona. He died the next morning.

It was a tragic incident that occurs frequently on our southern border, made all the more tragic because THE SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE THAT WAS USED TO KILL AGENT TERRY WAS BOUGHT BY A CRIMINAL AND SMUGGLED INTO MEXICO UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS (ATF).

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) is now demanding answers on ATF's "Project Gunrunner." Hundreds of guns were allowed to be purchased along the border by alleged straw buyers, while ATF conducted its investigation and DID NOTHING. The ATF looked the other way while these guns slipped into Mexico into the hands of drug cartels, and then they blamed gun laws in the United States for the transactions.

ATF's own agents say that sometime in late 2009 or early 2010, the Phoenix office of ATF began to implement a policy of "walking" semi-automatic rifles south of the border. One agent says, "The agency was not only looking the other way but actually facilitating trafficking, threatening and punishing agents who voiced objections, covering up trace information, the truth about the gun that killed BPA Terry, what I.C.E. knew, it goes on and on."

The accusations against ATF and DOJ officials include:

1. They intentionally allowed to perhaps as many as 3,000 firearms "walked" across the U.S. border into Mexico.
2. They instructed U.S. gun dealers to proceed with questionable and illegal sales of firearms to suspected gunrunners.
3. They intentionally withheld information about U.S.-sanctioned gun smuggling from the Mexican government.
4. One of the guns ATF allowed or helped to be smuggled into Mexico was involved in the death of CBP Agent Brian Terry.
5. They are in tandem with the FBI, involved in covering up ATF and DOJ culpability in items One through Four.

Join with me in calling on Congress to cut funding to the ATF, and ask them to support Senator Grassley's investigation into "Project Gunrunner." You can FAX every member of the U.S. Congress and demand that they do their job and protect the Second Amendment! This is a fight America cannot afford to lose. Please, send a very serious donation to the CCRKBA and help us defend your Constitutional fright to possess firearms. We are up against a powerful anti-gun lobby, and a stonewalling administration that is determined to take away our firearms by whatever means possible. We desperately need your support to make sure the next two years don't end in tragedy for the Second Amendment, and for more of our brave agents on the border!

ATF officials now are trying to prevent a 13% budget cut to their agency. They claim cuts will harm their work preventing firearms trafficking on the Mexican border - but the death of Agent Terry exposed how corrupt and inadequate this initiative has been.

James Cavanaugh, a retired ATF official says losing 13% of their budget "would really handicap the ATF. It's a small agency and it's a lean machine. With ATF, it would be an amputation."

I say we amputate! The ATF has a very political agenda in mind, and that is to take away your gun rights - even if it means allowing gun sales to criminals so they can present "evidence" to the administration that the Second Amendment should be restricted or abolished!

For two years, we've been hearing from Holder and others in the Obama administration about a so-called 'iron pipeline' of American guns across the border, and federal officials have been working to strip you of your rights.

Wouldn't it be ironic to learn that while the Obama administration was blaming our gun rights for the drug war violence in Mexico, its own gun sting operation was a major source of illicit firearms?

Join with me in calling on Congress to cut funding to the ATF, and ask them to support Senator Grassley's investigation into "Project Gunrunner." You can FAX every member of the U.S. Congress and demand that they do their job and protect the Second Amendment! This is a fight America cannot afford to lose. Please, send a very serious donation to the CCRKBA and help us defend your Constitutional fright to possess firearms. We are up against a powerful anti-gun lobby, and a stonewalling administration that is determined to take away our firearms by whatever means possible. We desperately need your support to make sure the next two years don't end in tragedy for the Second Amendment, and for more of our brave agents on the border!

Between 800,000 and 2.5 million lives are saved annually by firearms, frequently without even a shot being fired. Violent crime has declined during the same period when gun ownership in this country has skyrocketed.

The Second Amendment guarantees us the right to bear arms. There is no language in the Constitution that allows for restricting this freedom.

But the Obama administration and Members of Congress are still trying to take away that freedom, especially in the wake of the Tucson shootings.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has introduced legislation H.R. 308, "The Large Capacity Feeding Device Act," which would criminalize the transfer and possession by law-abiding citizens of large capacity magazines that accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Penalties for violating this law include 10 YEARS IN A FEDERAL PRISON and a monetary fine.

Representative Peter King (R-NY) is planning legislation that will make it illegal to knowingly carry a gun within 1,000 feet of certain high-profile government officials, including the President, Vice President, members of Congress or Judges of the Federal Judiciary. This will, of course, cause a law enforcement nightmare - and subject law-abiding citizens to criminal liability.

But anti-gun activists are hell-bent on taking away your gun rights, one little bill at a time. Jared Loughner shooting up a grocery store was just one more "reason" for them to try to garner public support and push these bills through Congress.

Anti-gun activists, led by the Obama administration, are doing all they can to make the connection between law-abiding citizens and deranged criminals - even standing by while known drug dealers purchase guns on our soil and take them back to Mexico ... and then use them to take the lives of our brave border agents!

Those of us who have a strong desire to protect our rights to own a gun need to put our money where our passion is. Don't wake up tomorrow and find out it's too late. Please give the largest gift that you possibly can to CCRKBA as we FIGHT the corrupt ATF and the Obama/Democrat agenda to take away our Second Amendment rights.

I agree with Senator Grassley, who tells Attorney General Eric Holder it's time to "come clean."

This tyranny will not prevail on our watch! Thank you for your help.

Respectfully,

Alan M. Gottlieb
Chairman
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

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