Eric Holder’s Only “Failure”: Gun Control

Go ahead, ask someone who knows. Grab a snack, get comfortable, and just ask the question. “Could you give me a list of Eric Holder’s failures as Attorney General?” If you’ve chosen someone plugged into the news, you’re going to be there a while. Because the list is significant. Without getting too comprehensive, there is:

– His role in the Fast and Furious scandal
– His refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents
– His failure to properly and faithfully enforce the law
– His false characterization of the Ferguson case
– His racially-divisive rhetoric
– His war on freedom of the press
– His failure to investigate the IRS scandal properly
– His ill-advised attempt to try 9/11 suspects as American civilians

One would suspect that Holder doesn’t see these failures in the same light a critic might, but it’s still hard to believe that, when pressed, he can only think of one thing that will haunt him after his days as attorney general come to an end. When asked by MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry if we were a “nation of cowards” when it came to the subject of guns, Holder replied:

Well, I’ll say this, [visiting Sandy Hook Elementary] was the worst day I had as Attorney General. It is, I think the single failure that I point to in my time as Attorney General, that I was not able to convince Congress to really follow the will of the American people…which was to enact meaningful, reasonable, gun safety measures. The gun lobby simply won.

That’s it. That’s his “single failure.” I suppose if you wanted to make him feel better about that “failure,” all you would have to do is point out a simple fact: we already have meaningful, reasonable gun safety measures. We had them before he took office. We’ll have them long after he’s been forgotten. Not one of them stopped a psycho in Connecticut from carrying out a deadly killing spree, and not one of the laws he and Obama proposed would have done anything else to prevent it. So, cheer up, Eric. It literally doesn’t matter.

As to this notion that the “gun lobby” won, he is wrong once again. Well, they did win, but they didn’t do so in some tyrannical victory of money over popular opinion. Where does Holder think the NRA and other gun rights organizations get their money? Does it come out of thin air? Some of it comes from manufacturers, sure, but a great deal of it comes from everyday people who want to stand up against constitutional degradation.

The very fact that Holder saw his job as Attorney General as one of political campaigning is a failure in its own right. The head of the Justice Department should be more concerned with finding better ways to enforce the law, and less concerned with lobbying to change it. Especially when the changes he proposed flew directly in the face of the Second Amendment.

His successor, Loretta Lynch, seems like she’s cut from the same mold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a hearty “good riddance” when Eric Holder goes back to private life. Once there, he should keep his mouth shut and thank God every day that he isn’t whiling away his days in a prison cell. If there was any real justice in this world, that’s exactly where he would be.

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