June 20, 2011 - 5:09 pm

BY WESLEY P. HESTER

Republican U.S. Senate candidate E.W. Jackson is calling for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation in the wake of a badly botched gun-trafficking operation blamed for putting weapons in the hands of a border agent’s killers.

While Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives acting Director Kenneth Melson is facing increasing pressure to step down, Jackson’s putting the blame on Holder, a former legal advisor to President Barack Obama.

One of the three ATF agents who blew the whistle on the program, dubbed “Fast and Furious,” told a Congressional committee hearing that the operation helped arm drug cartels in an attempt to locate major weapons trackers.

But when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was found murdered in Arizona last year, two weapons at the scene were linked to the ATF program.

“This was a failure of leadership throughout ATF and ultimately the responsibility of Attorney General Eric Holder,” said Jackson. “As a result of his policies and decisions, an American border patrol agent was murdered using guns he allowed to be sold to Mexican Drug Cartels. This is an outrage to every law-abiding American Citizen and I am demanding his immediate resignation.”