December 19, 2012

“Fast and Furious gun found at Mexican crime scene”

Some gun control importuning is more equal than others, I guess. Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News:

Another weapon from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency’s controversial Operation Fast and Furious was recently recovered at a Mexican crime scene, CBS News has learned. Congressional investigators say the crime scene was likely where a recent shootout took place between reported Sinaloa drug cartel members and the Mexican military, in which Sinaloa beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez and four others were killed.

According to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the Justice Department did not notify Congress of the Fast and Furious firearm recovery in November, even though Grassley has requested an accounting of weapons that surface from the case. During Fast and Furious, ATF allowed more than 2,000 weapons, including giant .50-caliber guns, to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels and other criminals. Other so-called “gunwalking” operations by ATF let hundreds more guns hit the street. Most of them have never been recovered.


Grassley has sent a letter to the Justice Department requesting more information, and asking whether the officials were planning to notify Congress “that a Fast and Furious weapon had been recovered.”

The Justice Department provided no immediate response to CBS News.

Two other Fast and Furious AK-47-type rifles were found at the murder scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010. In September 2011, ATF estimated that Fast and Furious weapons had been recovered at eight violent crimes in Mexico. As CBS News has reported, guns trafficked under ATF’s watch in a separate investigation were also used in the murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico in February 2011. The families of both Terry and Zapata are suing government officials for alleged negligence and related claims.

Sadly, infuriatingly, Fast and Furious and its related operations, along with the Benghazi massacre, have been largely ignored by the legacy media, with Ms Attkisson a notable exception. In fact, not only have these stories been buried, but they’ve often times been actively spun to lend support and cover to the President and his administration, as we saw Candy Crowley do in front of millions of people during one Presidential debate — effectively and essentially engaging in a propaganda campaign unabashedly, misinforming potentially tens of millions of Americans who don’t regularly follow the news as closely as many of us do, but who would nevertheless be engaged enough to watch a presidential debate.

We are no longer a free people, and this is largely because the New Left has taken over the Democratic Party, turned the Party into the Party of the federal government, and have employed their fellow travelers in the media and academia to provide cover to them, and to help indoctrinate and propagandize for them.

Couple this with a Republican leadership in Congress that is more intent on purging constitutional conservatives than it is in representing the very people who put them into leadership positions in the first place, and we have all the makings of a government that no longer is by, of, or for the people.  It is for itself — and for certain people dependent on it who prop it up in exchange for some version of quid pro quo.

At some point, the center will not hold.


Posted by Jeff G. @ 1:11pm

Comments (17)

  1. At some point, the center will not hold.

    And Janet Napolitano is the rough beast.

  2. Uncle Janet? I’ll buy that.

  3. Uncle Janet?

    Your thinking Reno, not Napolitano.

  4. Either or. Napalitano, the judge, calls her Cousin Janet, so there’s that.

  5. We are no longer a free people

    Speak for yourself. They’d like to turn me into a defenseless slave, but I’m being fitted for the yoke just yet.

    It’s going to get worse before it gets better. But I have to believe that it will get better.

  6. Sigh. Another week of the media getting everybody unhinged unhinged while we become worse in the eyes of the international crowd.


  7. …unhinged unhinged while we become worse in the eyes of the international crowd.

    The international crown was giving us the stink eye long before these latest shootings occurred, and would have continued to do so even if they had not happened.

    Fortunately, I could care less about their opinions of us. And the next time I hear someone tut-tutting about how the US needs to follow the UK gun ban example, the speaker had better be prepared to explain why, if it was such a good thing, that the UK gun crime rate went UP after the ban, and how the UK has (in 2009, at least) 4 times the violent crime rate as does the US (2,000 per 100,000 people, vs. 500 per 100,000 people).

  8. I’ll start caring about what the rest of the world thinks about us, when they quit taking our monetary and other aid and then, in the same breath, bitching about how de classe we are.

    Actually, I wouldn’t since I don’t care what they think at all.

  9. I cannot believe Sharyl Attkisson still has a job. I mean, the nerve of that woman. Sharyl Attkisson not only reports the news, she reports on stuff the current administration would rather not talk about.

  10. Here’s something I don’t get about Fast & Furious. If the ATF had never done that operation, wouldn’t those exact same agents have still gotten shot with those exact same guns?

  11. Gosh you’re well-informed.

  12. Cranky, well, slippery at least admitted there was something he doesn’t get.

    Granted, slippery doesn’t get a lot of things, still, an admission of not understanding is a start.

    Baby steps, Cranky, Baby steps.

  13. If the ATF had never done that operation, wouldn’t those exact same agents have still gotten shot with those exact same guns?

    No, because the dealers wouldn’t have sold them.

  14. Eh, true enough, Dave and Leigh. I guess I just miss setting a some what good example.

  15. I guess I just miss setting a some what good example.

    Oh, I think we do set a fairly good example, William. Freedom, liberty, the value of individualism and all that. Unfortunately, it’s one that the international community turns their noses up at, because they’re so much more evolved than we are, don’t you know.

  16. If the ATF had never done that operation, wouldn’t those exact same agents have still gotten shot with those exact same guns?

    Let’s see if I can put in in a way that you might be able to understand.

    If Marty McFly had not gone back to 1955 to do all those wacky things he did with his teenaged parents, in the present day he’d still have that wrecked POS car in his garage instead of a bitchin’ mid-80’s 4×4.

    Does that help?