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              Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee including Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., left, confers with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., center, the ranking member, and Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
              Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee including Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., left, confers with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., center, the ranking member, and Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)   

America needs to get furious … fast

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Chris Cox
Executive Director, NRA's Institute for Legislative Action

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Attorney General Eric Holder’s continued refusal to turn over “Fast and Furious” documents to House investigators — even in the face of being held in contempt by Congress — is another symptom of the disease of lawlessness that has been rotting our republic ever since President Barack Obama took office.

Moreover, Obama’s decision to invoke “executive privilege” to hide these documents from the American people is a tacit admission that what the National Rifle Association has been saying since day one is true. Namely, that the inconceivable crimes committed under operation “Fast and Furious” were designed to support the Obama administration’s gun-control agenda.

Americans should not be fooled by Holder and Obama’s spin that this is a “partisan” fight. This is an American fight to restore the trust that we deserve to have in our government. The Obama administration’s continued cover-up of this deadly scandal is a threat to the lives of our border patrol agents, our rule of law, the accountability we expect from our top leaders, and the sanctity of our U.S. Constitution.

Millions of NRA members, and tens of millions who support us, have been fighting for the truth since the day this scandal first broke. We’ve generated over 100,000 petitions to Congress demanding that they hold the Obama administration accountable. We’ve fought tirelessly for the truth, because we know this is a decisive battle for the future of our constitutional form of government.

Everywhere I go across this great country, Americans are shell-shocked and incredulous that their government could be capable of orchestrating such a criminal scheme. Incredulous that the president who promised all of us the most transparent administration in history has instead delivered the biggest cover-up since Watergate and the deadliest government scandal we’ve ever seen.

And sadly, many of the good people I meet feel helpless to do anything about it.

But that feeling of helplessness has to stop. This scandal is ground zero in the fight for the soul of America. It is a fight to reclaim our government as one that derives its power from “We the People.” It is a fight against a gang of Chicago thugs who think they can take power for themselves and change our laws any way they see fit.

Obama’s callousness toward our rule of law and the U.S. Constitution may be unprecedented, but it should never deter us from demanding accountability and punishment for those who are criminally responsible for “Fast and Furious.”

It’s time for every American — Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal — to join this fight. Call your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121 and demand that he or she vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. Tell your congressman to demand that the Obama administration release every critical document related to its “Fast and Furious” scandal.

This is our country and it’s time to take it back.

Chris W. Cox is the executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) and serves as the organization’s chief lobbyist.