Gunwalker and the Foundation of Liberty

Kendall Coffey, former Florida U.S. attorney, is unimpressed by Burke's arguments against the Terry family and by his potential conflict of interest:

The government apparently is saying they're not victims, even though it was a federal crime that put the murder weapon in the hands of the killer of Brian Terry. They are simply rights of respect, rights of communication and the right to be heard.


The government leaders responsible for the tragic mistakes of Operation Fast and Furious have a lot of explaining to do before Congress. But at the same time, they still have a duty under federal law to give answers, to consult and extend respect to the family.

The government's already been put on notice that they might be facing a wrongful death action by the family. And you have to wonder if the government's efforts to deny the family the status of “crime victims” is part of a strategy to avoid legal responsibility for some of the tragic mistakes of Operation Fast and Furious.

Indeed. And it is here that we return to the fundamental inalienable right: the right to self-defense. Those who acknowledge no such right also universally oppose the implementation of that right or the means by which it might be implemented. In short, they do not recognize the Second Amendment and oppose private ownership of firearms. The only legitimate use of force they recognize is that of the state, and that wielded by groups of "the people" acting in support of their policies, groups who will fill campaign coffers or at least reliably vote for them, groups such as unions or even criminals.

The anti-gun beliefs of Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder are well-known and extensively documented. And as Hans A. von Spakovsky and J. Christian Adams have recently documented, the Holder DOJ is feverishly working to pack the Justice Department with lawyers who certainly share their beliefs in this and every other transformational socialist endeavor.

The lives of the individuals harmed by Gunwalker mean nothing to statists, for they recognize no right to self-defense, inalienable or man-bestowed. If they recognize no such right, each human life has only that value the state is willing to recognize at any given moment. The lives of the Mexican law enforcement officers and civilians are worth nothing to the Obama administration, which hid Gunwalker not only from Mexican authorities but from ATF agents in Mexico.

And now the Obama administration has revealed its assessment of the value of the life of a Border Patrol officer: Zero. Agent Terry is of no value, for the crime was committed not against him, but the state, which in its wisdom and mercy is far more concerned with protecting feckless bureaucrats and politicians than American citizens.

England has seen riots because the English allowed those who rule them to place what value they choose on the lives of Englishmen. They chose the indolent, the parasites, the criminals, the barbarians over honest, productive Englishmen and denied them their very right to exist when attacked by members of the parasitical class, the class established by the state and the class which perpetuates the state lest its very nourishment be cut off.

Gunwalker is the fruit of that soil transplanted to America. All of the economic, foreign policy, and other debacles foisted on the American public by past progressives and Barack Obama have grown from it. What remains to be seen is whether their policies will reach their full expression in flame, as in England, or whether Americans can reclaim the very foundation of liberty, the foundation without which no other right or privilege matters.