Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, grills U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (in foreground) on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' controversial gun-smuggling tactics during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, grills U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (in foreground) on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' controversial gun-smuggling tactics during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)