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Opinion: Fast and Furious - and Eric Holder's Mistake - is Deadly Serious

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Don't feel bad if you're only vaguely aware of what Fast and Furious was all about. As I wrote about it back in December on this site:

In case you hadn't heard, and as there is no "a Republican candidate said something stupid" angle here you probably haven't, the Obama Justice Department sold guns to Mexican drug gangs under a program called Fast and Furious. The official purpose of Fast and Furious was to allow some guns to be purchased by the gangs so that a larger sting operation could conducted. It sounds like a bad plot in a Vin Diesel movie but unfortunately this one didn't work out as well as it would in a film. These guns were used to kill scores of people in Mexico and one American border agent, Brian Terry.

I'm not going to give you the whole the-media-would-lap-up-this-scandal-if-the-president-was-Republican song and dance though it's obvious to anyone paying any attention that they would. I just want to focus on the latest spin from the media on the whole story. It had two parts. Part 1 is "who cares?" and part 2 is "let's make fun of those who do care."

Take Roger Simon from Politico. He's their Chief Political Columnist, which sounds pretty serious. So it's strange that a serious Chief Political Columnist would tweet this yesterday:

Think House GOP now sorta regrets scheduling its Holder contempt vote for today? ‪#WhoStillCares

Who still cares that the U.S. government sold guns to Mexican gangs? I care. Brian Terry's family cares. I'm sure the families of the hundreds of Mexicans who were killed with these guns care. I guess a "Chief Political Columnist" doesn't have to worry about stray bullets from these guns but those who do CARE.

The Chief Political Columnist then tweeted:

If guns don't kill people, but people kill people, why are conservatives upset over Fast & Furious

I guess in the Beltway this might be a...joke? In the rest of the country it's an eyeroll. Conservatives like legal guns, that's why they fight legislation to ban guns. Places where guns are banned, like Washington D.C. or Detroit, don't see a drop in homocides, they see a rise as illegal guns flood the cities and law-abiding people can't get guns to defend themselves. The reason conservatives have a problem with illegal guns being passed along to Mexican gangsters is that illegal guns were passed along to Mexican gangsters.

If it seems that I'm picking on Politico's Chief Political Columnist Roger Simon it's because I am. The dismissal of Fast and Furious as a joke or a minor incident or some sort of partisan vendetta is wrong and none of us should stand for it.

Eric Holder's clownish attempts to brush off the incident, such as painting it as a racist attack on him, shouldn't deter us from getting to the bottom of why our government implemented a risky program with seemingly a shrug of the shoulders and no oversight. I wouldn't be ok with a Republican administration doing something this ridiculous and you shouldn't be ok with a Democratic one.