Chuck Norris writes about the latest attempt by the Obama administration to instigate new gun control measures in the border states. It’s been in the news lately, thanks to Conservative bloggers who have been keeping the story on the front burner.
If you’ve been visiting a foreign country or else had your head bureid in the sand, Operation ‘Fast And Furious’ is/was an operation started by the BATFE, DEA, Justice Department and State Department to supposedly track illegal gun sales to Mexican drug cartels. Over two thousand guns were allowed to “walk” across the border after being bought by straw purchasers with the connivance of the BATFE.
Several of these guns have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and the Southwest United States, including one crime scene where a Border Patrol agent was killed. And our tax dollars paid for this fiasco.
Obama’s Department of Justice essentially is amending the Second Amendment by changing the rules for gun sales in border states. While working under the guise of stopping illegal contraband and fighting drug cartels, the White House in reality is further imposing its gun control agenda on the American public through back-door rule-making. This is just one more example of the feds exceeding their powers and avoiding congressional permission. It is also another showing of complete disregard for the Constitution.
Doesn’t Obama know that restricting the right to bear arms primarily ties the hands of good guys while the bad guys purchase them from a host of illegal sources? And what part of “shall not be infringed” in the Second Amendment do the feds not understand?
Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will “vigorously oppose” the NRA lawsuit.
The fact is, as LaPierre points out, that cartels get their machine guns, grenades, missile launchers and tanks from Central America, South America, Russia, China, international black markets and defectors of the Mexican army. State Department cables, released by WikiLeaks, support that fact.
On the one hand, Fox News reported that in 2009-10, more than 20,000 guns recovered in Mexico came from U.S. manufacturers. On the other hand, 75 percent of guns submitted to the U.S. could not be traced to a licensed gun store. But there is one place to which more than 2,000 crime guns could be traced: the federal government.
The Federal officials who thought up this ‘cock up’ should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The title overstates my position: I don’t feel a shred of sympathy for the Attorney General. He is a national disgrace, on Fast & Furious, and pretty much every other issue that has come up on his watch. In a realistic Administration, he (and likely his boss) should have been long since scuttled.
This is the case that can link Administration malfeasance to American deaths. The House should investigate vigorously, and follow where the facts lead.
Related, via Insty:
Bottom line: there are three main reasons the CIA couldn’t simply hand out guns to their BFFs the Sinaloa soldiers. First, they could get caught. With the ATF scheme, the Agency maintained plausible deniability. Who doesn’t love a patsy?
Second, all new guns come with a paper trail. (See reason one.) The feds must be having a hard enough time keeping the fact that the majority of the guns (and grenades and ammo) sitting in the Mexican government’s crime scene vaults are U.S. military-spec weapons.
And third, why not use the ATF? The Bureau wanted some gun recovery stats to make themselves look important. The CIA wanted to arm the Sinaloas against Los Zetas. Call it mutual self-interest.
Again, none of this excuses anyone from anything. Operation Fast and Furious was an illegal government program. It violated Mexican sovereignty. It aided and abetted the illegal purchase of firearms (a federal crime) and provided weapons to known criminals, who used them to commit felony murder on a federal law enforcement official.
Congressional investigators and the media need to stop acting like Operation Fast and Furious was a good op gone bad. It was a bad op gone worse. To stop this from happening again, we need to uncover and report the truth (and yes, we can handle it.) Remember that bogus “90 percent of drug cartel guns come from the U.S.” stat? In the aftermath of this debacle, it’s time we heard the full truth about Mexican cartels’ guns. I think Agent Terry’s family would agree: we owe it to the memory of his service.
A thorough investigation is called for.