ERICH PRATT, AMENDMENT, GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA
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Last week, I wrote to you about all the gun control restrictions that William Barr supports.
As you know, Barr has been nominated by President Trump to be the next “top cop” in America.
Well, Barr’s support for gun control is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to reasons why the Senate should defeat his nomination.
An excellent article by James Bovard lays out Barr’s role in planning and covering up the massacre of Randy Weaver’s family at Ruby Ridge.
I will give you the highlights of this article (below), but you can read the entire piece here.
You may remember that Randy Weaver was entrapped by a federal agent for violating a very technical part in the federal gun law.
U.S. Marshals later launched an offensive against the family, first, killing Weaver’s 14-year-old son. Then, an FBI sniper shot Weaver in the back and murdered his wife, as she stood in the doorway of their cabin holding her baby.
Afterwards, an Idaho jury found Weaver not guilty on almost all counts, and a federal judge blasted the Justice Department and FBI for concealing evidence and demonstrating “a callous disregard for the rights of the defendants and the interests of justice.”
All of this was under the leadership of then Attorney General William Barr.
Barr misrepresents his involvement in Ruby Ridge
Barr claimed at the time that he had no involvement in the Ruby Ridge shootings, even though it all happened under his jurisdiction.
But, in 1995, The Washington Post reported that “top officials of the Bush Justice Department had at least 20 contacts concerning Ruby Ridge in the 24 hours before [Weaver’s wife] was shot” — and that two calls involved Barr.
Remember how, in my letter to you last week, I mentioned that Barr had misrepresented the truth (under oath) when he told Senators last week that he did not support the 1991 semi-automatic ban?
Well, Bovard shows that Barr also fibbed when he claimed no direct involvement in Ruby Ridge — even though he had sat in on at least two phone calls.
But that’s not all: When the FBI sniper who murdered Vicki Weaver was faced with criminal charges, Barr tried to get immunity for the killer.
He tried to get the judge to dismiss the charges on the general theory that prosecuting FBI snipers “undermine[d]” the attorney General.
Barr spent two weeks organizing former Attorneys General on behalf of the FBI killer. He “assisted in framing arguments” before the district court and on appeals.
In fact, a majority of Barr’s pro bono activities have consisted of trying to cover up for the massacre at Rudy Ridge and exonerating the government killers.
Is it any wonder that Barr supported semi-auto and magazine bans for “the little people” — and helped create Brady Checks — and then denied it under oath?
Is it any wonder that Barr’s top priority as Attorney General would be “secret police-initiated orders” to raid gun owners’ homes in the middle of the night (aka, “red flag” laws)?
The Attorney General is an important and powerful position. And it is imperative that the Senate does NOT confirm William Barr as the nation’s top cop.
So please contact your senators again and present them with this new information from the Bovard article.
Let them know that his previous “tour of duty” as Attorney General in 1992 does not deserve a promotion in 2019.
Erich Pratt is Executive Director of Gun Owners of America
Used with the permission of Gun Owners of America.