Holder said these resources would be the driving force behind a campaign to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.” Holder explained that he wanted to use influential figures like then-Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, as well as widely watched TV shows like “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Martin,” to forward his anti-gun campaign. He sought to push that same agenda through public schools as well, “every day, every school, at every level.”
Attorney General Eric Holder, center, talks to a group of law students before delivering an address at the Northwestern University law school, Monday, March 5, 2012, in Chicago.
Several House Republicans are even more furious with Attorney General Eric Holder after new video surfaced in which he planned to “brainwash” the American people to oppose gun ownership. House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, who’s leading the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious with Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, told The Daily Caller that he’s not surprised, as Holder and many of his deputies come from an extremist anti-gun background.
“[Assistant Attorney General] Lanny Breuer, Eric Holder come from a wing — certainly Lanny Breuer led the charge on the assault weapons ban,” Issa said during an interview on Capitol Hill. “Many of the people in the chain of Fast and Furious have a disregard for Second Amendment rights and a belief that they have to limit beyond what the courts have upheld — people’s rights to keep and bear arms. So, it’s no surprise that insensitive statements like that would be made by now-Attorney General Holder.”
Over the weekend, Breitbart.com discovered a 1995 CSPAN video in which Holder — then the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia — advocated using anti-smoking campaigns as a model for an anti-gun campaign.
“What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes,” Holder said.