Dear Fellow American:
I've just returned from the border between the United States and Mexico and I've never witnessed anything like the stinking, rotten level of murder, corruption, cover-up, and conspiracy confronting us today.
This conspiracy ignited two years ago when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder claimed that your Second Amendment rights are to blame for the drug crimes and killings in Mexico.
Holder and other top-level Obama Administration figures -- even the President himself -- claimed that 90% of the guns used by violent drug cartels were coming from American gun dealers.
In short, they blamed our Second Amendment rights for the violence of the Mexican drug cartels.
But leaked U.S. State Department cables have exposed this as a bald-faced LIE.
These Obama Administration cables proved beyond a shadow of a doubt what the Mexican government already knew: That the drug cartels were getting guns -- along with fully-automatic weapons, grenade launchers, anti-personnel mines and other military hardware -- through Central America, NOT THE U.S.
These leaked cables blew a hole in the Obama Administration's grand strategy to use Mexican drug cartel crime as an excuse to advance their gun control agenda, shut down law-abiding gun stores and rip the Second Amendment right out of our Bill of Rights.
While these leaked cables exposed the lies propping up Obama's gun control agenda, administration officials at the highest levels pushed a strategy to fit their gun control aims.
In a display of corruption and arrogance that's shocking even for this Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) launched Operation "Fast and Furious" -- an illegal pipeline for shipping guns into Mexico.
With our government's full knowledge and complicity, BATFE higher-ups ordered firearms dealers to sell these guns illegally to straw purchasers. And it wasn't just a few guns... It was over two thousand!!!
According to just emerging reports, BATFE officials actively supervised the commission of felony violations by merely monitoring this criminal activity instead of enforcing the law and blocking the sales.
At the time, BATFE agents protested the insanity of Operation Fast and Furious, and the sheer stupidity of letting thousands of illegally purchased guns just walk over the border into the hands of criminals.
But BATFE supervisors pushed back saying, "If you want to make an omelet, you have to break some eggs."
One of those "eggs" broke on the night of December 14, 2010.
That night, 40-year old Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was in a remote Arizona canyon with a six-member tactical team that encountered a group of armed Mexican illegals.
Sources said that the "illegal entrants" were in Arizona to rob cartel drug mules and other illegals. In the initial skirmish, the Border Patrol agents fired low-velocity shotgun beanbag rounds and were met with 7.62x39mm return fire.
Officer Terry died in the exchange. And when the bandits fled, they left behind two AK-style rifles that were traced to sales made under the Fast and Furious operation.
The ugly truth of this conspiracy is the hardest of all to swallow, because it was all a frame-up against gun owners and the Second Amendment. And right now, the only hope of getting the truth out about all of this is you.
Senator Charles Grassley (IA) and Representative Darrell Issa (CA) are defending our Second Amendment rights and fighting for justice for Agent Terry by holding Congressional hearings on Fast and Furious.
But they're being stonewalled by Obama, Holder and others who are bent on sweeping the truth under the rug.
They are withholding government documents that say exactly who ordered the operations. Government e-mails warn witnesses not to cooperate. Congressional subpoenas are being ignored.
This conspiracy has exploded beyond an attack on our firearm freedoms into a full-blown threat to the rule of law at the very foundation of our government.
If you want to help NRA protect our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, our freedoms and our country from corrupt government officials, then I need you to take action today:
First, please sign our National Petition to Fire Eric Holder.
When Attorney General Holder was questioned by Senator Charles Grassley about how guns that were allowed to "walk" out of gun shops during Operation Fast and Furious ended up at a U.S. Border Patrol Agent's murder scene, Holder said, "I frankly don't know."
That one statement from our nation's top law-enforcement official cuts right to the heart of the matter and proves that Holder is either covering up for Obama, his failed gun control schemes and the crimes committed, or he's incompetent.
Either way, he can't be trusted with the powers of Attorney General, the law enforcement agencies he commands, the sanctity of the Second Amendment, or the lives of Federal agents.
As Attorney General, he's supposed to enforce the laws that protect American citizens, not cover-up corrupt schemes that threaten our nation.
And when they made the Mexican drug crime crisis a battle about our guns and our freedoms, they made this NRA's fight, and your fight.
That's why NRA is launching a nationwide campaign to gather hundreds of thousands of signatures on this Petition to Fire Eric Holder, one of the chief architects of Obama's gun ban agenda.
And I'm turning to you to help lead this fight by signing our National Petition to Fire Eric Holder.
Together, we will hound Obama and Holder to come clean and surrender all relevant and uncensored documents on Operation Fast and Furious to Congressional investigators. We and all Americans deserve the truth.
We will call for the removal of Eric Holder from his cabinet post. And, if Obama fails to fire him, NRA will hammer away and remind the public that crimes have been committed. And with your donation, we will force Obama to carry that weight throughout next year's election.
Second, after you sign our Petition, please help NRA's fight this critical battle by making a contribution of $20, $40, $60, $80, $100 or the most generous amount you can afford to NRA Voice of Freedom today.
The only hope of getting this story told is NRA's Voice of Freedom. If we don't tell the story nobody will. And if we don't tell it we only have ourselves to blame.
Operation Fast and Furious and its cover-up were conceived at the highest levels of government. The anti-gun media is using all of its power to spike the story and conceal the conspiracy.
The Obama campaign, with its promise to raise over tens of millions of dollars for the re-election campaign will spend tens of millions to spin the story and protect the President and his inner circle from their complicity in Operation Fast and Furious crimes.
Because of the extraordinary power, resources and money we're up against, NRA established the Voice of Freedom to tell the truth to the American people.
With your support of NRA's Voice of Freedom, we'll smash the arguments that our firearm freedoms are to blame for drug cartel crime, and hang the blame around the necks of those in the Obama Administration who are abusing their power.
With your support of NRA's Voice of Freedom, we'll tell the story that the anti-gun media refuses to tell. We will expose the deep, stinking rot of the Operation Fast and Furious conspiracy on T.V., radio and the Internet.
We will tell the truth on blogs, social networking sites and Facebook pages. We will work with America's gun and hunting magazines to get the story told.
We will not stop or surrender until we shut down the administration's gun control machine and expose those responsible for these criminal acts, no matter who is involved and how high this conspiracy goes.
We must act now because the Obama Administration and Holder have crossed the line.
They've used a government law-enforcement agency to advance their gun-ban agenda. They've forced law-abiding gun dealers to commit crimes. These schemes endangered untold numbers of innocents and a U.S. Border Patrol Agent is dead.
If the Obama Administration is willing to endanger Americans to attack our Second Amendment liberties, there's no limit to their arrogance and willingness to abuse power to achieve political gain, and they must be stopped.
You have my word that with your help, I will not rest until we get this story told. We will not let them hide this secret. We will not waver in our commitment to fight this battle, no matter what it costs. Because, in the end, this is a fight about the future of the Second Amendment, our trust in our leaders and the future of our Republic.
Thank you for doing your part by signing the petition and making your generous contribution to NRA's Voice of Freedom today. As always, thank you for your friendship, your support and your words of encouragement.
Yours in Liberty,
Executive Vice President