thy name is Bill Clinton
By Diane Amantea
King Features Weekly Service
July 2, 1999
The Democrats claim the gun-control issue as "theirs." They gleefully point fingers at the Republicans and the National Rifle Association (NRA) as contributing to the gun culture of America which gives young people the idea that it's okay to not only own guns, but to shoot them at anyone they don't like.
Sorry, Dems, but that won't wash. President Clinton, the man who recently proclaimed, "There is no good reason for kids to own assault weapons," is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He and his Democratic cohorts crow about having passed the Brady Bill, a sweeping gun-control law that was passed shortly after Clinton took office. Part of that Brady Bill was a ban on assault weapons.
Now, let's take a trip to February 2, 1996. On that day, the federal government issued a waiver to Polytechnologies, Chinese arms manufacturer run by Want Sun, one of China's "princes" said to be in line for the Chinese leadership. That waiver allowed Polytechnologies to import a large, multi-million-dollar shipment of over 100,000 semi-automatic weapons and millions of rounds of ammunition.
Four days later, February 6, 1996, Wang Sun, at the invitation of a Chinese funny money guy and a Little Rock restauranteur, as well as F.O.B. (Friend of Bill), attended a White House "coffee" (read:fund-raiser). On that day, Sun also met with the late Ron Brown, then Secretary of Commerce. The very next day, the Democratic National Committee received a $50,000 contribution from the wife of Ernest Green.
Who's Ernest Green? He is a close friend of Bill Clinton and a top fundraiser. It was he who wrote the letter so that Wang Sun Could obtain a visa to visit this country. What's really fishy about this is, the year prior, Green's wife's contribution was a mere $250. Connect the dots? Indeed you can.
Of course, that waiver was in violation of the president's dearly-touted Brady Bill. However, as we all saw, when it comes to campaign cash, what's a few assault weapons among friends. Who cares if those weapons were to be given to L.A. gang members? Fortunately, that never happened. The weapons were intercepted in an unrelated sting.
As far as current gun-control legislation, it's only feel-good, do-nothing nonsense. In the Littleton, Colorado massacre, fully 18 gun-control laws were broken by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the shooters. Do you think one more law would have made a difference?
Common sense will tell you that what we must do is begin enforcing the laws that are already on the books. The Clinton Administration has done little or nothing to enforce its own Brady Bill. If you don't believe me, look it up. It's a matter of record. There were zero prosecutions in 1995 and 1996. According to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), there was only one in 1997. Hyprocrisy, thy name is Bill Clinton.