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December 27, 2012

Blame the David Gregory gun flap on crossed wires

  • situation On Sunday, “Meet the Press” host David Gregory discussed gun control with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. During the interview, Gregory pulled out an empty gun magazine for purposes of showing the audience at home. 
  • claim He was in D.C., however, which has very strict gun control laws. The city claimed that they told NBC they could now do this, leading to an investigation of Gregory. People rolled their eyes or criticized Gregory for being stupid.
  • counterclaim However — and here’s the fun part — NBC asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives before the show if they could show ammunition or an empty magazine on air. The ATF asked the city, and based on info provided to them, told NBC it was OK to show an empty magazine. So basically, this all happened because someone screwed up somewhere. source
18:42 // 1 year ago
October 2, 2012
Even if you think that Cody Wilson should be allowed to move forward with the Wiki Weapon project, is anybody really surprised that the beginning stages of such a plan would involve cancelled leases and an ATF investigation? Honestly, we feel like he’s pretty lucky he didn’t get a knock on the door from Homeland Security (or any other federal agency for that matter) until he started asking questions of his own. source

Even if you think that Cody Wilson should be allowed to move forward with the Wiki Weapon project, is anybody really surprised that the beginning stages of such a plan would involve cancelled leases and an ATF investigation? Honestly, we feel like he’s pretty lucky he didn’t get a knock on the door from Homeland Security (or any other federal agency for that matter) until he started asking questions of his own. source

18:16 // 2 years ago
September 20, 2012

Fast and Furious investigation: Holder in the clear, but other officials implicated

  • 14 officials involved with the botched “Fast and Furious” sting operation acted “without adequate regard for the risk it posed to public safety,” according to the results of an internal investigation.
  • no Eric Holder wasn’t one of them. The report cleared him of responsibility, concluding that he had no knowledge of the operation’s problems prior to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, which brought the operation under public scrutiny. 
  • two department officials resigned less than an hour after the report was released earlier today: Kenneth Melson, former acting head of the ATF, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein. Both were amongst the 14 named in the report. source

The investigation was launched by the DOJ’s Inspector General’s office, which recommended that the Justice Department consider disciplining the 14 agents named. Holder said today that the report would be reviewed with “consideration of potential personnel actions.” 

0:36 // 2 years ago