“[T]he Department’s obstruction of congressional oversight of a program that cost lives in support of an anti-gun agenda,” wrote Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, in a letter to the leadership of the House Oversight panel explaining the group's dash into the Fast and Furious fray.
Mr. Cox continues: “Heightening the NRA’s concerns – and requiring our involvement – is the White House’s use of this program to advance its gun control agenda. The White House actively sought information from the operation to support its plan to demand reporting of multiple rifle sales by the nearly 9,000 federally licensed firearm dealers in border states.”
Those concerns were echoed by Representative Issa on ABC’s "This Week" last Sunday.
“We have e-mail from people involved in this that are talking about using what they’re finding here to support the ... basically assault weapons ban or greater reporting,” he said.
The NRA, a powerful political force, particularly in rural districts, could wield influence even over some Democrats to support the contempt vote.