Fast and Furious a Deadly Govt Failure
by Raven Clabough: Second
Amendment Rights Once Again at Risk
In an effort
to combat the gun smuggling of Mexican drug cartels, law enforcement
in the United States created Operation Fast and Furious,
Gunrunner. The plan was intended to pursue the prosecution of
the entire cartel network. Unfortunately, despite the
seemingly good intentions of the plan, a recently released congressional
report indicates that it has turned out to be another grand failure.
Fox News indicates that the plan has ultimately left a trail
of blood and bodies throughout the Southwest.
that Operation Fast and Furious
was a project
of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fireworks [sic]. In late
2009, the ATF was alerted to suspicious buys at seven gun shops
in the Phoenix area. Suspicious because the buyers paid cash,
sometimes brought in paper bags. And they purchased classic weapons
of choice used by Mexican drug traffickers semi-automatic
versions of military type rifles and pistols. According to news
reports several gun shops wanted to stop the questionable sales,
but the Bureau encouraged them to continue.
allegedly made a controversial decision: allow most of the weapons
on the streets. The idea, they said, was to gather intelligence
and see where the guns ended up. Insiders say its a dangerous
tactic called letting the guns, walk. Yes, thats
right, the US government decided in order to fight the
Mexican Drug Cartels, we should arm them and let them keep their
weapons once they were used in committing crimes (kind of the
same thing we do with the Palestinian terror groups such as Fatah).
The House Oversight
Report denounced the plan and listed a number of negative findings.
Fox News summarized
the findings as follows:
expected to interdict weapons, yet were told to stand down and
just surveil. Agents therefore did not act. They watched
straw purchasers buy hundreds of weapons illegally and transfer
those weapons to unknown third parties and stash houses.
- ATF agents
complained about the strategy of allowing guns to walk in Operation
Fast and Furious. Leadership ignored their concerns. Instead,
supervisors told the agents to get with the program
because senior ATF officials had sanctioned the operation.
- Agents knew
that given the large numbers of weapons being trafficked to Mexico,
tragic results were a near certainty.
Fast and Furious contributed to the increasing violence and deaths
in Mexico. This result was regarded with giddy optimism by ATF
supervisors hoping that guns recovered at crime scenes in Mexico
would provide the nexus to straw purchasers in Phoenix.
to these, the report also reveals that the same month in which ATF
allowed gun smugglers to purchase 359 guns, 958 people died from
gunfire in Mexico.
also implicates the Department of Justice. BigGovernment.com explains
that the DOJ relies on a narrow, untenable definition of gunwalking
to claim that guns were never walked during Operation Fast and Furious.
Agents disagree with this definition, acknowledging that hundreds
or possibly thousands of guns were in fact walked. DOJs misplaced
reliance on this definition does not change the fact that it knew
that ATF could have interdicted thousands of guns that were being
trafficked to Mexico, yet chose to do nothing. Sadly, the
DOJ continues to deny that the operation was a poor one and resulted
in deadly consequences.
ultimately concludes that the ATF lacked the necessary means to
track the guns and should have been able to foresee the consequences
that resulted from the failed operation.
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