BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today's replacement of Kenneth Melson as acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is a political charade by the man who really ought to tender his resignation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. That man is Attorney General Eric Holder.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb called for Holder's resignation after this morning's announcements that Melson was being "reassigned" and replaced. This action appears to be an attempt by Holder to convince people he is taking action in response to the Fast and Furious scandal, now being investigated by Congress.
"Holder is just moving deck chairs on the Titanic," Gottlieb stated. "Today's announcements will do nothing to restore America's confidence in the BATF or the Justice Department so long as Eric Holder remains the Attorney General."
"The ultimate responsibility for Fast and Furious lies with Holder," he continued. "Melson is just the latest player to be shifted around, rather than lose his job. Everyone directly involved in the Fast and Furious scandal has simply been moved to another position. There has been no discipline and no accountability, because the man who should be ultimately accountable is still running the Justice Department."
Gottlieb called today's announcement "self-serving" for Holder, who is "looking out for his own interests."
"That's the only thing that is really transparent about this entire administration," Gottlieb observed. "They are looking out for themselves, and playing administrative games when they should step up to the plate and accept responsibility for this scandal. Several people have been moved from the ATF office in Phoenix to other jobs, especially in Washington, D.C. because of Fast and Furious."
"If there had not been significant wrong-doing," he said, "none of these moves would have been made. This is an admission of guilt by the Obama administration without saying so. And where is the president in all of this? Maybe he's hiding out on the ninth hole of a golf course."
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (www.ccrkba.org) is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.
SOURCE Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms