Confirming a permanent Director of the ATF should be the minimum action taken by
Republican legislators in Congress. If they can't/won't do this, then
it will be very evident who they serve--the gun manufacturers. Gun enthusiasts
often say "we just need to enforce existing laws"--but then slowly and
steadily chip away at gun laws and make enforcement more difficult.
There were those who spoke out about concerns with Eric Holders integrity and
expressed positions on issues during his confirmation hearings, but he was
approved. Big mistake, like Fast and Furious big.That has taught us
that we need to take the approval hearings much more seriously, especially for
ATF, which tends to run in the style of Rambo.
Obviously the NRA prefers a vacant chair just like criminals would like there to
be no judges in their city.