Air Date: April 21, 2015
Host : Jim Schneider
Guest: Larry Pratt
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Larry Pratt is Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, an organization dedicated to promoting the Second Amendment freedom of Americans to keep and bear arms. He has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia serving in the House of Delegates. He is author of "On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty".
For years, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was the center of controversy over such issues as "Operation Choke Point", with which the Justice Department program hoped to destroy the firearms industry by cutting off credit and credit card processing to gun manufacturers and dealers, and "Fast and Furious", which literally ran guns into Mexico in the hope that their distribution could be traced, but which resulted in the death of at least one U.S. border Patrol agent who was shot with one of those guns.
After the announcement by the embattled Eric Holder that he was stepping down, President Barack Obama named Loretta Lynch as his choice to replace him. While she was questioned in committee hearings, the Senate debate and vote on whether to confirm that nomination has been held up pending settlement of other disputes with the Administration. Now that the nomination will be up for consideration by the Senate, perhaps within days, there is concern that many objections to her confirmation may be ignored.
Not surprisingly, Obama nominated someone who would, like Eric Holder, support the goals and procedures of his administration. Among other views, she is known to
--support the Amnesty for illegal aliens established through an Executive Order
--oppose the rights of citizens to own guns under the Second Amendment
--favor the use of civilian courts to try terrorists brought to this country to stand trial
--oppose the death penalty, which she describes as racist
--oppose voter ID requirements, which she also believes are racist
--support Planned Parenthood's opposition to partial birth abortion.
She also was involved with the international bank, HSBC, which failed in large part due to participation in money laundering of funds from the Mexican drug cartel.
In hearings during the months since here nominaton was announced, she as been grilled on these and other issues. But while she has shown detailed knowledge of federal laws and regulations when responding to charges that the use of executive orders and other unilateral actions are unconstitutional, she claims ignorance when asked about specific scandals on Eric Holders's watch, including "Operation Choke Point", and "Fast and Furious"--even when she has previously been asked specifically to look into them.
And the vote will only need a simple majority under Senate rules established under Senator Harry Reid when the Democrats controlled the Senate, thus effectively giving the minority Democrats control when Republicans could revise the rules again to require at least 60 votes to confirm.
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The Loretta Lynch Nomination and 2nd Amendment Issues
Posted on April 21st, 2015
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