Operation “Fast and Furious”

Well, I’m furious so at least part of the operation worked.

According to a Reuter’s article:

U.S. firearms agents told lawmakers on Wednesday they were instructed to only watch as hundreds of guns were bought, illegally resold and sent to Mexico where drug-related
violence has raged for years.

The scandal broke when U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, was killed in a shootout with illegal immigrants and two of the “Fast and Furious” guns were found at the scene.

Gun control advocates and Mexican authorities point to the statistic that 70% of recovered firearms in Mexico originate from the U.S.  My initial reaction was to wonder how many of those guns were allowed across the border under the “Fast and Furious” program.  But the 70% statistic is bogus for a lot of reasons.  Only firearms with legible serial numbers were traced, many of the guns that originated in the US were supplied to the Mexican military, and yes, some came from Fast and Furious.

Hearings on “Fast and Furious” are taking place now in the House Oversight Committee.  Here’s hoping lawmakers will draw some sensible conclusions.

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About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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One Response to Operation “Fast and Furious”

  1. I should clarify – not only did ATF just stand back and watch, they also directed gun store owners to sell the guns to known straw purchasers.

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