Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence Attacks House Efforts To See Holder’s Gunrunning Documents

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 29, 2012 | 2:46 PM EDT

Why is the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence attacking Republicans’ efforts to obtain documents regarding the Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal?

In a statement issued yesterday, Brady Campaign President Dan Gross ridiculed the vote to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to provide documents regarding the government’s botched gunrunning operation. Two guns from the operation were at the scene where murdered U.S. border agent Brian Terry was found.

Gross calls Republicans’ efforts to obtain documents regarding the gunning operation “ridiculous political theater” and an effort to “do the bidding of the NRA” (emphasis added):

“As House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa and Speaker John Boehner lead the ridiculous political theater of a contempt of Congress vote for the first time against a U.S. attorney general, American and Mexican lives remain at risk because of the out-of-control Mexican gun violence fueled by guns trafficked from American gun shops. As Issa and Boehner do the bidding of the NRA, innocent people are dying, including Americans.”

And, on June 18, Brady Campaign Vice President For Law and Policy Dennis Henigan attacked the House probe in a piece titled “How About If We Hold Congress in Contempt?”

Henigan characterizes Attorney General Holder’s refusal to provide the documents to Congress as “alleged.” He says that Republicans are waging “war against the Obama Administration” (emphasis added):

“The contempt vote will be the Republican leadership’s latest escalation of the war against the Obama Administration over “Fast and Furious,” in which about 2,000 guns purchased from border state gun shops were allowed to “walk” into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels in a misguided effort to get at the higher-ups in the cartels’ gun trafficking operations. A month ago, in a precursor to the contempt strategy, the House Republican leadership, led by Speaker John Boehner, sent a letter to Attorney General Holder decrying the Justice Department’s alleged “lack of full cooperation” in responding to a document subpoena from Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee. Even apart from the silence of Republican leaders about the Bush Justice Department’s use of similarly flawed “gun walking” tactics, the letter wreaks of hypocrisy.”

Henigan claims that Republicans are merely pretending to be concerned about the harm done by Operation Fast and Furious (emphasis added):

“For example, Speaker Boehner and his colleagues pretend to be concerned about the “serious harm” of “Fast and Furious” to the “important bilateral relationship” between the United States and Mexico, but make no effort to explain the failure of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives to respond to the desperate pleas of the Mexican government to strengthen American gun laws to curb the gun trafficking that gave rise to the “Fast and Furious” strategy in the first place.”

The Brady Campaign’s Website says the group's goal is “to protect you, your family and your community from gun deaths and injuries.”

In addition to passing laws, “We can also do this by exposing corrupt gun dealers who feed the illegal gun market. Our Brady Center legal staff works to hold those dealers accountable in court and to protect common sense gun laws when they are attacked in court,” the Website says.

So, why aren’t isn’t the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence calling on Attorney General Holder to turn over any documents that might shed light on this botched operation that provided guns to criminals, two of which have been associated with the death of U.S. border agent Brian Terry?

And, why are its leaders even criticizing members of Congress for trying to get to the bottom of this tragic scandal?

Editor's Note: The Brady Campaign has not yet responded to requests for comment.

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