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    Obama nomination for director of ATF is BAD

    Obama Nominates Rabid Anti-gunner to Head the ATF

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    Monday, November 29, 2010


    It was not a good sign that Barack Obama kept his nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives a secret until after the midterm election --- and then quickly announced that anti-gun zealot Andrew F. Traver would be named to fill the slot.

    After being blasted before November 2's election by the liberal New York Times for failing to beef up the ATF by appointing a director --- for fear of the wrath of the "gun lobby" --- Obama gets right past the election and, presto chango, a nominee appears. How 'bout that?

    And not just any nominee.

    As special agent in charge of Chicago's ATF field division, Traver had taken the lead in calling for a ban on semiautomatic firearms.

    And Chicago, of course, has been the epicenter of anti-gun government activism. It is not surprising that Traver has also been active in the virulently anti-gun International Association of Chiefs of Police, which has worked to empower Handgun Control-type activists and has commissioned panels to:

    * support one-gun-a-month and lock-up-your-safety laws, as well as "ballistic fingerprinting" files on all firearms;

    * espouse an "effective" ban on .50-caliber firearms, and a redefinition of "armor-piercing" ammunition that could effectively ban handgun use;

    * mandate gun-destruction policies for law enforcement and enhanced funding to go after guns;

    * prohibit all private gun sales and make "prohibited persons" out of a much wider variety of persons committing simple misdemeanors;

    * back a repeal of the Tiahrt amendment; and,

    * allow federal health and safety oversight of the firearms industry (through agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration).

    It is disconcerting that ANY organization espousing these views would be taken seriously. That an activist in such an organization would be put in charge of the ATF is truly troubling.

    ACTION: Contact your Senators. Urge them to support a filibuster of the Traver nomination to head the ATF. You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center to send your Senators the pre-written e-mail message below.


    ----- Pre-written letter -----

    Dear Senator:

    It was not a good sign that Barack Obama kept his nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives a secret until after the election -- and then quickly announced that anti-gun zealot Andrew F. Traver would be named to fill the slot.

    As special agent in charge of Chicago's ATF field division, Traver had taken the lead in calling for a ban on semiautomatic firearms.

    And Chicago, of course, has been the epicenter of anti-gun government activism. It is not surprising that Traver has also been active in the virulently anti-gun International Association of Chiefs of Police, which has worked to empower Handgun Control-type activists and has commissioned panels to:

    * support one-gun-a-month and lock-up-your-safety laws, as well as "ballistic fingerprinting" files on all firearms;

    * espouse an "effective" ban on .50-caliber firearms, and a redefinition of "armor-piercing" ammunition that could effectively ban handgun use;

    * mandate gun-destruction policies for law enforcement and enhanced funding to go after guns;

    * prohibit all private gun sales and make "prohibited persons" out of a much wider variety of persons committing simple misdemeanors;

    * back a repeal of the Tiahrt amendment; and,

    * allow federal health and safety oversight of the firearms industry (through agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, the Consumer Product Safety Commission or the Food and Drug Administration).

    It is disconcerting that ANY organization espousing these views would be taken seriously. That an activist in such an organization would be put in charge of the ATF is truly troubling.

    Please support a filibuster of the Traver nomination to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

    Sincerely,



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    Something along the lines of, "From my cold, dead hands!" rings true here.
    No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson (1776)

    If you go into a store, with a gun, and rob it, you have forfeited your right to not get shot - Joe Deters, Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Prosecutor

    I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians. - George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

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    And you were expecting a pro gun ATF? Please, being a jack booted thug is a requirement in that agency.
    In God I trust. Everyone else needs to keep your hands where I can see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by protias View Post
    Something along the lines of, "From my cold, dead hands!" rings true here.
    What about the boating incident? What from your cold dead hands?

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    It's like having a vegetarian as Chairman of the American Beef Industry, but much worse!
    IF YOU WANT TO BURN OUR AMERICAN FLAG, PLEASE WRAP YOURSELF UP IN IT FIRST...

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    Even when most branches were Republican majority held, the ATF wasn't particularly loved or "on our side."

    If anything, the polarization of this guy is going to make more "reasonable" people turn against the ATF, gun control, and possibly the Democratic party in general.

    I could do without yet another instance of Chicago cronyism myself, but that's where Obama is from more or less so it's going to happen.

    I get the feeling that no matter who Obama tried to put into the position there would be this type of press release from Gun Owners of America. So not personally going to put a whole lot of weight on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mlutz View Post
    What about the boating incident? What from your cold dead hands?
    "My cold dead hands" is what I would say if I didn't lose them in that boating accident.
    No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson (1776)

    If you go into a store, with a gun, and rob it, you have forfeited your right to not get shot - Joe Deters, Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Prosecutor

    I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians. - George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

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    Quote Originally Posted by protias View Post
    "My cold dead hands" is what I would say if I didn't lose them in that boating accident.
    They are cold cause you had to dive in Lake Michigan to save your guns from a watery grave. It was a valiant effort, but alas they were lost to the deeps.
    In God I trust. Everyone else needs to keep your hands where I can see them.

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    So are you saying this is an Obamanation? Sorry couldn't resist.

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