NRA-ILA’s Chris Cox: Attorney General Sessions Will Free DOJ from Gun Control Lobby

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On January 5 the NRA-ILA’s Chris Cox used a USA-Today column to call for the confirmation of Jeff Sessions to the office of Attorney General, stressing that Sessions will free the Department of Justice from the grip of the gun control lobby.

Cox opened his column with:

For the last eight years, Americans who care about the Second Amendment and our right to self-defense have faced an administration intent on dismantling those freedoms. The gun control lobby, funded by billionaires like Michael Bloomberg, tried to turn the 2016 election into a referendum on the Second Amendment — and they lost. Now, due in no small part to the efforts of the National Rifle Association and our members, law-abiding gun owners can look forward to a president who respects our rights. In that regard, we should all be happy about President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general.

The reference to the gun control lobby is important, because Bloomberg–and Bloomberg-funded groups like Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety–are part of that lobby. And they are joined by Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, States United, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Together, these various groups and individuals form a well-funded lobby that aims to restrict the exercise of Second Amendment rights at every opportunity.

This gun control lobby has thrived under President Obama and his Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. Together, Obama, Holder, and Lynch have opposed gun rights, allowing the gun control lobby to enjoy numerous opportunities on their watch. In effect, they have fought a proxy war against gun rights via the various members of the gun control lobby.

Cox observed:

Holder and Lynch…constantly attacked America’s gun owners. Operation Choke Point, for example, was an organized effort to suffocate legitimate firearms retailers by denying them banking services. And who can forget Operation Fast and Furious, the gunrunning probe that allowed thousands of weapons to flow across the border into Mexico and end up in the hands of drug cartels?

But the tide will turn on Sessions’ watch. The gun control lobby’s hold on the DOJ and the anti-gun programs overseen by the DOJ will be done away with. Cox wrote, “Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch’s politicization of the Department of Justice over the last eight years will not be reversed overnight. But in Jeff Sessions, we can look forward to an attorney general who will focus the Department’s attention on prosecuting violent criminals and getting them off our streets. He will make our cities and communities safer.”

He added, “Sessions knows that law-abiding gun owners are not the problem. He strongly supports our Second Amendment freedoms and will work tirelessly to protect them.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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