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‘Fast and Furious’ part of Eric Holder’s anti-gun brainwashing campaign

Chris Cox Executive Director, NRA's Institute for Legislative Action
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NRA has been saying for years that Attorney General Eric Holder, our nation’s chief law enforcement officer, is an anti-gun extremist. He’s been toeing the Obama anti-gun ideological line for his entire life, and now we have more evidence. has unearthed a 1995 video of Eric Holder speaking to the Women’s National Democratic Club. In that video, then-U.S. Attorney Holder urges support for a public campaign to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”

Not to actually look at the data on gun ownership and crime. Not to consider the value of firearms as a means of self-defense. Not to lock up violent criminals. Not to pay any attention to the facts or the truth.


Holder’s vision for brainwashing the American people against our firearm freedoms even included enlisting the advocacy skills of former Washington, D.C. mayor, and convicted felon, Marion Barry, and of course, that paragon of honesty, Jesse Jackson.

In retrospect, Holder’s speech was an ominous foreshadowing of the lengths he was willing to go to push a gun-ban agenda.

Today, our country is reeling in disgust over Operation Fast and Furious, a criminal gun-running scheme engineered by Holder’s Justice Department to blame our Second Amendment freedoms for Mexican drug cartel crime.

We now know that this illegal pipeline of guns to Mexico — established by our government, with our tax dollars — was responsible for the deaths of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, hundreds of Mexican citizens and, very likely, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

And now, this video only offers further evidence that Operation Fast and Furious was a premeditated, criminal act, conceived — and then covered up — under an anti-gun ideologue who is intent on brainwashing Americans into giving up our Second Amendment rights.

When Operation Fast and Furious was first uncovered, NRA said that Holder is either lying or incompetent, and that he can’t be trusted with the powers of his office or the sanctity of our freedoms.

Now, with the emergence of this damning new video, Americans need to ask how much more it will take — in the name of Eric Holder’s brainwashing campaign — before he is removed from office.

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.