A liberal gun control activist is sounding the alarm on former President Barack Obama’s war on the Second Amendment.
Mike Weisser, a liberal who frequently contributes to the Huffington Post, has written a new book, “Sandy Hook: A Man Sold A Gun,” detailing the story of his friend, Dave Laguercia, whose life was destroyed by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the tragic Sandy Hook massacre.
Laguercia had the misfortune of legally selling two guns — a Bush Master AR-15 style “assault rifle” in 2011 and a Sig 226 semi-automatic handgun in 2010 — to the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter, Nancy Lanza. All the paperwork was in order and Lanza had passed the background check — but the actions of her son would later come back to haunt Laguercia through guilt and the full weight of a government desperately engaging in damage control bearing down on him.
“For selling a legal product to a consumer and selling it following exactly the rules and regulations which governed such sales, Dave lost his entire business and millions of dollars in sales, inventory and future profits, lost his reputation, spent thousands of dollars on legal fees and now sits at home still waiting for the legal aftermath of Sandy Hook to come to an end,” Weisser writes of his friend.
According to The Hill,
“Weisser describes a regulatory system where it is essentially impossible not to make tiny recording errors. Wanting to blame someone for the Sandy Hook shootings, the Obama administration was determined to go through Laguercia’s records until they found some violations. If they didn’t find enough dirt on Laguercia, they’d make up false charges.
The administration was not above constantly leaking false, damning stories of a ‘rogue’ gun dealer with a ‘troubled history.’ One story, leaked to the New York Post and other papers, blamed Laguercia for selling another gun in 2010 to another mass shooter. But he hadn’t sold that gun.
Another story described how Laguercia came under scrutiny by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for 33 guns that were stolen from his store. But Laguercia was the person who caught the thief and provided the videos that the government used to convict the miscreant, who was a part-time employee.
Laguercia cooperated fully with officials after the Sandy Hook attack. Nonetheless, on Dec. 20, 2012, the ATF pulled up to Laguercia’s shop in military Humvees, with 21 or 22 agents wearing tactical gear. Many agents were heavily armed. As though worried that Laguercia and his wife were about to engage in a shoot-out with agents, authorities patted his wife down and searched her purse for a gun. Even if the Laguercias hadn’t been told of the raid, advance word was leaked to the media so that TV trucks could line up outside the store.”
Weisser goes on to lament the ATF’s extraordinary powers. The agency, according to Weisser, “has a virtual carte blanche to decide for itself what it can and can’t do to the gun dealers whose business practices and behavior they regulate.” He also claims that Obama’s “Fast & Furious” operation was an expansion of the operation launched under the Bush administration, saying that while the Bush administration tracked the guns being sold to Mexican drug cartels and worked with the Mexican government, the Obama administration made no such efforts.
While Weisser will continue to push for more gun control, it seems even liberals balk when Big Brother comes knocking.