Eric Holder: Bracelets for Gun owners and Drones for the ATF
In speaking to Congress about just what the US Department of Justice wants to spend the taxpayer's contributions to that Cabinet level agency on last week, Attorney General Eric Holder made some very interesting statements. These included getting bracelets for gun owners, you know to "decrease the misuse of weapons" on our part, and to buy the ATF some snazzy new unmanned aircraft.
Let's get fitted for your bracelet!
The Justice Department, as part of President Obama's 2015 budget, has asked Congress for a total of $1.1 billion in FY 2015 to "address violent gun crimes" and "increased gun safety." Now this comes in the form of beefing up ATF inspections of gun dealers, increasing background checks at the state and federal levels for lawful gun owners, more active shooter education, oh yeah, and money for smart gun technology to make guns as a whole safer.
This is what brought Holder to Congress last week to talk about and here is what he said:
"Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about how guns can be made more safe....By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon. We can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decrease the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis."
Now just to show that we aren't alleging that he said that, here it is from his own lips last Friday:
The type of technology that Holder speaks of is so-called 'smart gun' technology of the sort that is seen in movies. And as a matter of fact, just seems to work there and nowhere else.
(These are the bracelets that Holder speaks of, the Armatix iP1 smart gun system. Its a $1800 gun/watch combo that wont work unless they are within a few inches of each other.)
Of course, don't bother to mention that the gun homicide rate in the United States has dropped some 49 percent since 1993 and most of the public isn't even aware of it because the media keeps right on scaring them with new shootings every day. You don't have to believe us on that, just try the Pew Research center.
So if this doesn't make you all warm and fuzzy, how about some drones
Up in the sky, is that...an ATF Predator drone?
In testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee, a Texas Congressman asked Attorney General Holder about drones being used by the Department of Justice. To which he replied.
(Sign of the times?)
"Within the Department, the only component that uses these vehicles at this point is the FBI," Holder explained. "The ATF is in the process of working through to see if they want to make use of them." He then mentioned that the DOJ's inspector General had recommended that the Justice Department come up with a policy to regulate the use of drones for domestic surveillance, which sounds nice.
"I think that would be appropriate thing to do and we are in the process of trying to work through what rules and regulations would handle the use of these kinds of vehicles," Holder concluded.
Again, don't take our word for it, take Holder's:
Of course, he did not mention the fact that military style drones buzzing around US airspace can be hazardous to the health of those underneath them. Just last week a 375-pound RQ-7 Shadow UAV (drone) came down between Lickdale Elementary School and a Comfort Inn in Pennsylvania-- luckily without any injuries to those at ground level.
And the ATF is "in the process of working through to see if they want to make use of them."
Just last year Holder said that he does not rule out a drone strike scenario inside the United States on US citizens.
In fact according to a September Inspector General Report, the ATF had plans to pursue unmanned aircraft usage, and that the agency had already spent almost $600,000 on them by fall 2013. It also states, "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) reported to us that it plans to deploy UAS [unmanned air systems-drones] to support future operations."
I'm sure they are just planning to use them to catch cigarette smugglers, or rum runners or something. I mean what else does the ATF investigate?