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by Jim Campbell, blogging at Charging Elephants

Attorney General Eric Holder and his anti-gun cronies at the Justice Department are starting to realize they may be in some hot water.

But, as was to be expected, they are going to throw someone else under the bus and hope it all goes away…

Art work from Rich and Lucy at TerrellAfterMath.com

After a revealing week of hearings on the horribly corrupt “Project Fast & Furious” – the BATFE’s attempt to create crime in order to make themselves relevant – the head of the ATF, Kenneth Melson, is getting ready to take the fall by resigning.

I guess Eric Holder still refuses to take any responsibility and is placing all the blame on his subordinates.

As you now well know, courageous agents within the ATF have been testifying before Congress that senior leadership at both the ATF and the Justice Department forced gun shops to sell firearms to known smugglers who sold the guns to drug cartels in Mexico.

This disastrous plan resulted in multiple federal agents being shot and killed with weapons that were allowed to “walk” into Mexico.

And this happened even after agents working on the case warned their superiors that it would happen.

The response from ATF/Justice Department leadership?

That a few “eggs” have to be scrambled to make an omelette.

Now, in light of all this controversy, the acting director of the ATF is trying to take the fall by resigning.

But this is where it gets really shady.

Guess who his replacement is supposed to be?

A man I’ve been keeping my eye on for a while – Andrew Traver.

You see, Andrew Traver has been an enemy of gun owners for quite some time.

As head of the Chicago division of the ATF he has advocated nearly every gun ban you can think of.

And even some you haven’t.

To give you an idea, he’s been Obama’s number one choice to head the agency since last year.

The simple fact is…

…he’s worse than the guy he’s replacing.

And what’s more is that, because he’s been the one Eric Holder wanted for quite some time to step in as the director, it is inconceivable that he was not briefed at some point on Project Fast & Furious.

They’ve been talking about Traver taking the helm of the BATFE for at least 6 months (that I know of).

Maybe we should talk about Traver’s here. Obama had nominated Traver to head the ATF in November 2010, but withdrew his name as a result of strong opposition resulting from his gun control positions.

Even within the ATF Traver’s appointment was opposed because of his “inexperience” and “lack of professionalism.”

PajamasMedia.com noted, “Like …Obama, Traver has been tied to the left-wing Joyce Foundation, which bankrolls various anti-gun organizations and which counts among its many initiatives an attempt to subvert Second Amendment scholarship.

Traver lent his voice to a deceptive NBC News article, purposefully blurring the lines between fully automatic military machine guns and civilian-legal, semi-automatic rifles that fire one bullet when the trigger is pulled. Traver is also a member of the anti-gun International Association of Chiefs of Police.”

Do you think that a guy being groomed for that position wouldn’t be briefed on the agency’s biggest operation?

But wait; there’s more.  ATF Chief Ken Melson Won’t Resign: Melson to Testify in Gunwalker? DOJ Terminating Whistleblowers in Fast and Furious

About testifying. Congress has invited Melson. The Department of Justice hasn’t given him permission to do so. The DOJ refused to release records on Fast and Furious and GunRunner to a congressional investigative committee. They are a cranky bunch at this lawless DOJ. Issa said he would hold him in contempt.

I think you know where this is going…

While it is certainly clear that ATF leadership needs cleaning out, to replace the current director with one who is admittedly anti-gun and clearly involved in what his boss is already in trouble over…

Well, that’s unacceptable in my book.

I called my Congressman and told him that replacing one leader who has no respect for my rights with another one doesn’t “fix” the problem.

It’s an attempt to pacify the public.

They know it, but they’re hoping you don’t.

Give them a call and tell them you know what the Justice Department is trying to do and you’re not falling for it.

Call your Congressman at  Toll Free (1-877-851-6437) and tell them that the ATF needs a serious overhauling and that the Attorney General needs to be held responsible for this flagrant abuse of the law.

Make sure they know that your Second Amendment rights are more important than funding some rogue Agency Gone Wild.

I have been pounding members of Congress at the above number and asking them to do their job. Obama’s not the only person that can be impeached, if Obama doesn’t fire him quickly any government official can have articles of impeachment drawn against them.