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    Obama Sold, Tracked, Same Guns To Cartels He Hoped To Ban Because They Were Tracked From Cartels

    Obama Sold, Tracked, Same Guns To Cartels He Hoped To Ban Because They Were Tracked From Cartels

    In the Spring of 2009, the Obama administration called for the banning of “assault rifles” and .50 BMG “sniper rifles” due to their use in crimes by Mexican drug cartels.  Obama dubiously alleged that 90% of these weapons  were tracked back to the United States, implying that Americans have an obligation to surrender some of our freedoms to keep these weapons from being smuggled illegally over the border and used in Mexican-on-Mexican violence in Mexico.  In this vintage clip, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre discusses Obama’s proposals with Glen Beck.

    Obama backed off these proposals a month later, noting that such a ban would not be politically feasible at this time.

    In Fall of 2009, the Obama Administration conceived Operation Fast and Furious, in which the ATF sold thousands of advanced weapons to Mexican drug cartels in order to track them once they were used in crimes.  This policy perfectly dovetailed with Obama’s gun control arguments.  First of all, by selling guns to the cartels that the ATF could definitely trace back to the US (because they were bought from the ATF), the percentage of guns used in Mexican crimes traceable to American guns would increase.  ATF supervisors rejoiced at their success when they found that these guns were being used for violence in Mexico.

    Surveillance video obtained by CBS News shows suspected drug cartel suppliers carrying boxes of weapons to their cars at a Phoenix gun shop. The long boxes shown in the video being loaded in were AK-47-type assault rifles…

    …Documents show the inevitable result: The guns that ATF let go began showing up at crime scenes in Mexico. And as ATF stood by watching thousands of weapons hit the streets… the Fast and Furious group supervisor noted the escalating Mexican violence.

    One e-mail noted, “958 killed in March 2010 … most violent month since 2005.” The same e-mail notes: “Our subjects purchased 359 firearms during March alone,” including “numerous Barrett .50 caliber rifles.”

    Dodson feels that ATF was partly to blame for the escalating violence in Mexico and on the border. “I even asked them if they could see the correlation between the two,” he said. “The more our guys buy, the more violence we’re having down there.”

    Senior agents including Dodson told CBS News they confronted their supervisors over and over.

    Their answer, according to Dodson, was, “If you’re going to make an omelette, you’ve got to break some eggs.”

    There was so much opposition to the gun walking, that an ATF supervisor issued an e-mail noting a “schism” among the agents. “Whether you care or not people of rank and authority at HQ are paying close attention to this case…we are doing what they envisioned…. If you don’t think this is fun you’re in the wrong line of work… Maybe the Maricopa County jail is hiring detention officers and you can get $30,000 … to serve lunch to inmates…”

    And which guns did the ATF sell to the cartels?  AK-47-type assault rifles and Barrett .50 BMG sniper rifles. Exactly the types of guns that Obama hoped to ban due to their use by the cartels.

    I’m not saying that the Obama Administration intentionally magnified the precise circumstances that they were using to justify their gun control proposals.  However, their reckless policy not only had this effect, but provided guns to criminal gangs that were used to murder U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata and about 150 Mexican law enforcement personnel.  Those involved in this tragic irony must be punished accordingly.  It is vital that the public comes to know who in the administration knew what and when they knew it.  Kudos to Congressman Issa for bringing this deadly scandal into the light.  Shame on the MSM for not making this a top story.



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    It not was Rep. Issa who brought this scandal to light first though he has been instrumental in getting more light shone on it.

    Before Darrel Issa was involved, Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to ATF Acting Director Ken Melson asking for answers.

    Before FoxNews and CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson were involved, it was the blogosphere. I had my first post on it on January 18th and that was almost a month after it was first revealed.

    The credit for first exposing this scandal belongs exclusively to David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh. They are the two cranky middle-aged gun bloggers who broke the story in December 2010. They were the ones that were approached by ATF whistle-blowers to get the story out and they were the ones who put them in touch with Senator Grassley and Rep. Issa. If you want to understand the development of the story from the beginning you would do well to read David Codrea’s four part Journalist’s Guide to Project Gunwalker.

    mgparrish | July 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    The reality of all this is 2 fold.

    1. This goes all the way to the top and everyone at the top knew.

    2. If those at the top did not know, this proves them incompetent.

    Either scenario they are totally %^$#ed

    How can “Big Sis” not know about this?

    […] other place to follow the developments in the story is over at Ann Althouse and Legal Insurrection. Althouse and Jacobson are law professors. She is at Wisconsin, he is at Cornell. She voted for […]

    Something to keep in mind; “Gunrunner”and “Fast and Furious” are not the same.

    This is actually a very important distinction. Project Gunrunner started under Bush and was a long-term cartel weapons interdiction program. There is no indication that Gunrunner has ever been anything but above-board. It was a general program with individual projects/operations run out of different field offices of which Operation Castaway and Project Gunwalker/Fast and Furious were but two that were added later by the Obama administration. There are probably others as well.

    Any confusion about the different programs will be exploited by these weasels to obfuscate and confuse the issue.

    The different programs like the Honduran Operation Castaway and Project Gunwalker/Fast and Furious were all done under the aegis of the Gunrunner program, hence all the “black paper” redacted documents given in response to Issa’s requests. It’s going to take serious pressure and real investigation to get records released and separate all the different covert programs including those still undiscovered.


    Dead Dog Bounce | July 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Special Prosecutor. It’s time.

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