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Obama Moves On Guns

Obama is announcing his new gun policies right now. I’ll post as I get updates. There are apparently 23 executive orders. I’ve looked over them quickly and I don’t really see anything terribly objectionable. Most of it is strengthening exiting law and the background check system. Here they are, with my commentary. None would have prevented Sandy Hook. But if you’re looking to reduce gun violence overall, they do address that.

1. “Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.”

2. “Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.”

3. “Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.”

All three of these are reasonable ways of improving the background check system and are orders to federal agencies not requiring new laws.

4. “Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.”

As long as any new proposed categories go through Congress, this is fine.

5. “Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.”

Again, as long as we get to see the rule before its implemented. We have, for very good reasons, grandfathered people in on background checks. We don’t want to set a precedent of seizing guns to do a retroactive check.

6. “Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.”

7. “Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.”

8. “Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).”

9. “Issue a presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.”

All of these are programs within the Justice Department. I would like to see some commentary on the legality of gun traces.

10. “Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.”

11. “Nominate an ATF director.”

We don’t have an ATF director? Seems we should, no?

12. “Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.”

I suspect this will be a waste of money, but it seems within the powers of the DOJ providing they have Congressionally-approved funds for this sort of thing.

13. “Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.”

This is more of a goal than an actual policy.

14. “Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.”

This may be controversial. Congress has specifically prohibited the CDC from engaging in anti-gun advocacy which has been interpreted to ban all research. Given the Nanny Staters tendency to make loud noises with bogus research (the claim that obesity killed 400k people a year, claims on second-hand smoke), they are right to be suspicious of this. I do think we should clarify what the CDC is and is not allowed to do on this subject.

15. “Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.”

16. “Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.”

17. “Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.”

Words words words. No problem with words. I’m not sure if the ACA does or does not prohibit doctors from asking about guns, so that might be an issue. I believe several states, including Florida, have banned doctors from asking about guns.

18. “Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.”

19. “Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.”

I’m not sure what this means but it sounds like a waste of money. These events are very rare and any preparation for a once in a thousand year event is likely a waste.

20. “Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.”

Words.

21. “Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.”

22. “Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.”

Finalizing ACA regulations would probably be a good idea anyway, no?

23. “Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.”

Ooh, a dialogue! Dialogues solve so many problems.

The executive orders cross me as a non-issue. Almost all of them relate to clarify or writing regulations and soap-box stuff. The only substantive objections might be lodged at 14 (the CDC) and 16 (ACA). I don’t think any of this will help but I don’t think it will hurt. And it’s certainly not the tyrannical gun grab everyone was clamoring about.

The real substances is what he has asked Congress to do. It is, again, largely expected: universal background checks, assault weapons ban, magazine limits and tougher penalties for illegal sales. I suspect, apart from the penalties, most of that is DOA in Congress. But if we could create a system that would allow easy cheap universal background checks, I would be in favor of that. It would not have prevented Sandy Hook. But it might make a dent in the broader issue of gun violence.

Really, this is a non-event. Almost everything was as expected. And it’s largely going nowhere.

More Fast, But Not Furious Enough

The Fast and Furious investigation is over, right? All a big paranoid delusion by the Right Wing, right? Hahaha! Those crazy Right Wingers and their theories.

Wrong:

A new report by our partners at Univision has found additional links between violent crimes in Mexico and guns involved in the Obama administration’s flawed “Fast and Furious” operation.

Fifty-seven previously unidentified weapons tied to the operation — allowed to “walk” across the U.S. border into Mexico so ATF agents could trace them – were later found at the sites of murders, kidnappings and at “two gruesome massacres,” Univision’s Gerardo Reyes and Santiago Wills report.

The reporters made the discovery by cross-referencing a list of guns registered with “Fast and Furious” and a Mexican government list of the roughly 60,000 guns recovered at crime scenes in 2009 and 2010.

In July, a congressional investigation into the program reported 122 weapons had been traced to Mexican crime scenes. The Univision report adds 57 weapons to that list.

By the way, there are still 1200 guns unaccounted for. Even if we accept the DOJ’s excuse that this program started under Bush (it didn’t really, but let’s play their game), does the Justice Department bear no responsibility for this? Does the Attorney General bear no responsibility? You know I hate playing the “if Bush did it” game, but … Univision’s report literally shows blood in the streets. Does anyone here think that, had this happened five years ago, we’d be hearing about it from fucking Univision?

This isn’t over. This is only going to get worse and worse.

Excusing the Inexcusable

Yesterday, Fortune ran a long article claiming that there is no “there” there in Fast and Furious. The article does clear a few things up, such as the ATF not actually “walking” guns into Mexico. However, some things bothered me about it. For one, it never addresses why the Administration first claimed no gun walking occurred, then retracted that claim. It never asks why they are witholding documents that are not related to criminal investigations and are related to how they decided to respond politically. And, most important, it relies heavily on interviews with the ATF agents who are under investigation. Surprise, surprise — they blame the attorneys who refused to issue arrest warrants for people the ATF knew were running guns.

Today comes not one but two responses, pointing out big problems with Fortune’s six-month investigation. The biggest problem is that Fortune left out a key fact: that the ATF ordered gun dealers to stop questioning people buying large numbers of guns:

And gun dealers who cooperated with the ATF report a shift in policy that coincided with Fast and Furious — from stopping sales and questioning customers, to telling store owners to just go ahead and sell the guns. While Fortune reports that the ATF had no chance to interdict the guns that might have killed Border Patrol agent Brian Terry — the shop that sold the guns informed the ATF that the transaction was suspicious, but it was a holiday weekend and the fax wasn’t seen for days — the gun store’s owner has said he was told in advance to go ahead and sell guns to people he normally wouldn’t. The entire Fortune piece seems to neglect the distinctions between probable cause for an arrest, the act of at least questioning people who are trying to buy guns illegally, and the ATF’s advice to store owners that they refuse to make any sale that they “doubt” is legal. A big part of Fast and Furious is that store owners were told to make illegal sales when the ATF couldn’t follow up on them or chose not to.

Exactly. I know gun dealers. They don’t just hand over a gun to any Tom, Dick or Harriet that walks into the store. They are human beings and don’t want to sell to someone they think is suspicious. The ATF essentially told them, “We got this” when they clearly didn’t.

I’m still shocked that so many on the Left want to just write this off as if it’s no big deal. I don’t buy the conspiracy theories that this was a deliberate ploy to support gun control. But you don’t have to buy the conspiracy theories to see that someone fucked up. And you don’t have to buy them to see that the Administration is trying to sweep this under the rug.

Gunrunner update: Letter showing ATF circumvented the law to expidate operation.

The Examiner has a post up that is frankly baffling and validates the concern expressed by many of us that when you look at the evidence, dismiss the implausible, and are left with the facts, logic dictates that this operation had nothing to do with stopping the flow of guns and everything to do with actually getting guns in the hands of drug cartels to kill people. It seems like the people at the Examiner got their hands on evidence that the ATF authorized direct sales of arms to Mexican cartels, which should, at a minimum, be a criminal endeavor, considering they had to know that once these crossed the border they would lose track of them and that they would be used to kill people.

A letter forwarded on Friday by a proven reliable source to Gun Rights Examiner and Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars documents Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives management authorizing the sale of firearms, which sources say were intended for delivery to cartel purchasers as part of the “Fast and Furious” / ”Gunwalker” scandal. Written by then-ATF Phoenix Group VII Supervisor David Voth, the June 01, 2010 letter to a Federal Firearms Licensee, whose name is redacted, advises:

Per Section925(a)(1) of the Gun Control Act (GCA) exempts law enforcement agencies from the transportation, shipment, receipt, or importation controls of the GCA when firearms are to be used for the official business of the agency.

Please accept this letter in lieu of completing an ATF Form 4473 for the purchase of four (4) CAI, Model Draco, 7.62×39 mm pistols, by Special Agent John Dodson. These aforementioned pistols will be used by Special Agent Dodson in furtherance of the performance of his official duties. In addition, Special Agent Dodson has not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. If you have any questions, you may contact me at telephone number 602-605-6501.

A hand-written note at the bottom says:

Picked up guns 6/10/10

Paid Cash [underlined in original]

Remember, if we are to believe the facts, and I do, the Mexican government was not aware of this operation being run on their soil and against them. The usual defenses that they where trying to “track guns” don’t fly, unless the intent was to then say the Mexican cartels where getting their arms from the US. What good would that do anyone, huh? The attempt to “Blame Boosh” is also nothing but bullshit intended to deflect and confuse the issue at hand. Pretense that the higher ups, including the DOJ and even the WH where not involved, and that this was all an ATF exclusive fuck up, have already been debunked. One can be forgiven for concluding that the sole viable reason for this operation was to get guns in the hands of Mexican cartels, with the full knowledge they would be used to kill people – count is upwards of 200 directly attributed to arms from this operation, now – because those deaths where wanted. What other logical reason would there be to want people to be killed I ask, if it wasn’t to use that to sway public opinion?

The facts are simple: we are left with the ATF buying guns, CASH, and shipping them to Mexico, where they where used to kill not just Mexicans, but then also US border patrol agent Terry. Body count seems to be the objective. It now also looks like they tried to cover up these clearly criminal actions once this thing went south, with the DOJ running the show and the FBI likely responsible for tampering with and even destroying evidence at the scene where Brian Terry was murdered, by throwing the director of the ATF under the bus. This government ran an operation in Mexico with the intent of using the body count to get something back here at home. And this is going on right as the left is losing the battle in court to disarm the citizenry they look down upon and get around the 2nd Amendment they so despise.

They are all in full cover up mode, but the truth is coming out. Nixon got in trouble for far less. And Watergate I remind you cost nobody their lives. This criminal operation killed over 200 Mexicans and a border patrol agent. I guess we all learned another firearm safety rule too: guns are dangerous in the hands of leftist autocrats, hell bent on disarming the peasants they so want to control without the fear of them fighting back. I am sure our usual deniers will find issue with this and claim I am wrong for pointing these things out. They will even demand facts, dismissing the facts that have come out backing me up in the process, without blinking an eye.

And the LSM is doing more of the same. Wish they where as gung-ho about a real crime against the American people as they where about their chance to take down Nixon. What a disservice they are doing the American people which should know how the nanny staters hold them in such low regard that they are willing to help murder people to convince them they should give up their right and ability of self defense.

Fast and Furious Fallout

Accountability, people!

The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.

All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF’s deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors who oversaw the program out of the agency’s Phoenix office.

This goes beyond the usual “sweeping under the rug” that happens with law enforcement. We’re not talking about a situation where someone was shot in a botched drug raid or evidence was witheld in a murder case or homeless man was brutally beaten. We have a situation where idiocy and incompetence fed hundreds of weapons into the hands of criminals. We would have been better off selling the guns directly to drug gangs and cutting out the middle men.

It gets worse. McMahon is now working in the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations, which investigates misconduct. No word on whether he’ll be pulling a Captain Renault with this scandal.

Now I can just hear the liberals spitting rice cakes out of their mouths and sputtering, “Well, this is an internal thing to the ATF. The Democrats aren’t to blame!” But responsibility in our government rolls up, not down. Just as our Commander-in-Chief bears responsibility when soldiers act badly, the chief law enforcement officer bears responsibility when federal agents fuck up. That’s the way things work, especially when there is growing evidence that the Attorney General was aware of what was going on and the Administration is dragging their heels on the investigation. But even if Obama had nothing to do with Fast and Furious, he bears responsibility. Responsibility is the price of authority.

Everyone involved in this needs to be suspended pending a full investigation. Promotion shouldn’t even be on the menu. But … that’s the way things work in the Federal government and the way they have always worked. The federal agents responsible for Ruby Ridge and Waco weren’t held responsible either.

Gunrunner update: AP covers the story

While the AP tries real hard to remain neutral – funny how that always happens when the story hurts the left, huh – the fact remain that they have been the only ones covering the”Gunrunner” scandal and the involvement of the DOJ & the WH in the whole sordid affair. The rest of the MSM has simply been ignoring this to cover for team Obama. Breibart news has another in the latest & greatest AP stories covering “operation Fast & Furious a.k.a. Gunrunner”. It’s a must read (and read it all), because it is damning.

I however want to focus on the latest and newest revelation that came out of this story, and that’s the role played by gun dealers and their reaction to demands from the ATF – which got its orders from the DOJ and they got theirs it now looks from the WH – to basically ignore their concerns that these weapons could not be tracked and would end up in the hands of the Cartels:

But soon, the agents weren’t the only ones voicing concerns. Gun dealers also grew wary as more and more weapons were sold. Speaking on condition of anonymity because of ongoing inquiries, one dealer described the pace of the sales as “unprecedented … It had never happened like that before.”

Still another said that because of the volume, “our sales people would go behind the door and have a direct dial to ATF, speak to somebody and they’d say, `Yup, they’re on our list. Go ahead and make the sale.’ Otherwise, we probably wouldn’t have.”

One dealer even met with Voth and the lead prosecutor on the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley, to seek assurances that guns weren’t going south of the border. That same dealer emailed Voth in June 2010, saying he was worried for friends who were Border Patrol agents. “I want to help ATF with its investigation but not at the risk of (agents’) safety,” wrote the dealer.

What this revelation tells me is that despite the left’s constant attempt to paint dealers as part of the problem when they where selling the whole “weapons are to easy to get in the US, and these weapons are being sent south where they are used in the Mexican drug war” meme, that the problem lay with them and this scandalous operation. Dealers seemed to be far more responsible and concerned about what was going on than most at the ATF, or those driving the operation from higher up levels like the DOJ and the WH, and when you apply Ockham’s razor here, the only reason left why this could be the case simply leaves you shuddering.

The attempts to cover-up and misdirect, from the Obama Administration, are in high gear, and most in the LSM are ignoring the story, but the facts are coming out. I am starting to think that it’s time for a special prosecutor.

Gunrunner update

For those still grasping at straws and pretending operation “Fast & Furious” was legit, in which case the intent would have been to track the weapons at a minimum, and as with all such operations, to do everything possible to prevent these weapons from ending up in the wrong hands where they are used to commit crimes, we have some reality bitch slaps courtesy of this beltway confidential piece in the Washington Examiner.

In the fall of 2009, American officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who were stationed in Mexico started noticing a sharp spike in the number of guns heading into the country. But what made things especially strange was that many of them were being traced back to the ATF’s own field office in Phoenix.

Over the next year, ATF’s Mexico-based officials raised louder and louder alarms all the way to Washington, as the number of guns flooding into Mexico grew from the hundreds into the thousands, and even more disturbingly, a number of them flowed into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

During this time, the United States representatives in Mexico were kept completely in the dark about the so-called “investigation.” Little did they know that the surge in guns heading into Mexico was no accident, but part of an elaborate but ill-conceived effort by the Obama administration to allow front men to purchase guns in Arizona and sell them to smugglers, in the hopes that it would eventually lead U.S. law enforcement officials to Mexican drug cartels.

Ask yourself why things went like this. Simple ineptness on the part of both the DOJ – they drove this operation – and the ATF? Did these people all suddenly lose all their common sense and/or decades of know-how when Obama’s team took over? Was there some clever plan they might have had that we idiots simply can’t see? Or where they hoping we wouldn’t see it? Hold on. I think I have some more details you need to know to put this all into perspective.

From at least early 2010, their superiors assured the ATF officials in Mexico that everything was “under control” and that that the investigation would soon end. Yet it only ended in January 2011. By then, guns that were part of the investigation had already been linked to the tragic murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

These revelations are the latest in House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa’s probe into the ATF’s bungled “Operation Fast and Furious” program. A new report, released to coincide with a Tuesday hearing on the issue, focuses on the dangerous impact that the misguided program had on the Mexico side of the border.

Seriously, think hard here. What could or would be gained by the ATF/DOJ team behind this operation by not informing the ATF people on the Mexican side about the operation? Where they worried that the Mexican members where on the Carter payroll and would thus compromise the operation? That’s a scary thought there, but with all the heat going on now about the problems this caused, I would suspect they would come clean to save their asses. I have not gotten the impression that anyone on team Obama puts country above either their own hide or their party.

It doesn’t stop there though. Why, when it’s noticed that weapons from the US are popping up and being used in crimes, the doubling down by them and the pretending they have control. Once the weapons crossed the border they lost any ability to track them. Did they have people inside the Cartels that where giving them intel? Shit, why the need for this operation then? Was this suddenly going to give them some kind of leverage to bring charges? This scenario is so implausible and dumb that it doesn’t even merit the time.

What they did get is the ATF in Mexico reporting that they noticed a pattern of US weapons being used to commit crimes in Mexico! Then those pesky guards went and got killed. There is a connection between that and Team Obama intimidating witnesses. Of course those of us pointing that out are just conspiracy nuts. Everyone knows that a Nobel Peace prize winner and great worldly statesman like Obama would never try to pull such a stunt to advance a key platform on the left –to disarm the stupid proles – at a time when the courts where smashing them for their overreach and unconstitutional gun control measures.

UPDATE: Seems the Feds where also not too concerned with doing back ground checks on the people used in this operation to the point where they let criminals buy the guns. No wonder they are not disclosing any details. The more you know, the more obvious it is that this was never about actually building a criminal case against anyone.

WH gets WaPo to write hit piece..

Well, now I am certain that the WH knew about the ATF gun running program that is now turning into a major liability for not just the Obamanites at the ATF & the DOJ, but seems to be pointing all the way to the WH. How you ask? Well, this WaPO hit piece, which I should mention was shopped to every MSM donkey mouth piece by the WH without anyone other than the WaPo biting – and that’s because this is a bullshit attempt to deflect that is too easy to take down – but only published by these two WaPo twerps. What’s the hit job you ask?

A chief Republican critic of a controversial U.S. anti-gun-trafficking operation was briefed on ATF’s “Fast and Furious” program last year and did not express any opposition, sources familiar with the classified briefing said Tuesday.

Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), who has repeatedly called for top Justice Department officials to be held accountable for the now-defunct operation, was given highly specific information about it at an April 2010 briefing, the sources said. Members of his staff also attended the session, which Issa and two other Republican congressmen had requested.

This ludicrous claim that congress, and specifically Issa, the guy doing the heavy lifting to get us the truth about this scandalous thing, was briefed. That mind you, while the DOJ and everyone else in this administration, still pretends they never heard of the operation. But somehow congress was briefed? By who? Anyway, the sad fact is that the bullshit that this hit piece is trying to sell was already debunked by this WJS article last week:

“All of the things [Issa] has been screaming about, he was briefed on,’’ said one source familiar with the session. Frederick R. Hill, a spokesman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Issa chairs, acknowledged on Tuesday that an ATF briefing on “weapons smuggling by criminal cartels” took place in April 2010 but declined to specify what Issa or his staff were told.

He accused “opponents” of the committee’s investigation of the gun-trafficking operation of “incredulously trying to assert that Obama administration political appointees at the Justice Department were ignorant — yet Congress was in the know on the details of Operation Fast and Furious.’’

“This irresponsible and false accusation is indicative of a Justice Department bereft of leadership and rattled by the revelations of its own misconduct,’’ Hill added.

They are getting desperate. Real desperate. I am starting to wonder what they promised Melson to throw himself under the bus. That or they have pictures of him with a little boy or dead girl. I also saw a awesome description of what this operation was all about going on here at Say Uncle:

Seen on facebook: Imagine the DEA telling pharmacists to illegally sell oxycontin to known drug dealers or they would be shut down. Then imagine the DEA using the fact that more oxycontin was on the street (and hundreds of overdose deaths) as a pretext for making it harder for patients to get prescribed narcotics. This is essentially what happened with the ATF and Project Gunwalker

Stay tuned people. This is going to go ugly for these people. They were up to no good, and they are scared now. This desperation is going to make them make mistakes. Then maybe we will get to the truth…

More on the ATF scandal

Seems we have had some congressional hearings going on now on the ATF’s botched gun running scandal, and people are talking. And some of the things they are pointing out make one wonder what really was behind this supposed operation. Things like Agent Dodson’s comment that:

“We were mandated to let these guns go,” Dodson said. The program began in 2009 and abruptly ended shortly after Terry’s death Dec. 15. The weapon used to kill Terry has not been identified.

Make it clear that the ATF knew that they couldn’t track these weapons once they crossed the border – leaving the legitimacy of the claim this was a sting operation highly in doubt. And one has to wonder if they called the program quits, very soon after the death of agent Terry, because they realized this was going to come back to them eventually. But the revelation that to me is the most damning to the ATF and the other bureaucrats up the chain of command trying to defend this thing or deflect blame from themselves, is the following quote by Dodson:

Prior to joining the ATF in Phoenix, Dodson told the panel that he had “never been involved in or even heard of an operation in which law enforcement officers let guns walk.” “I cannot begin to think of how the risk of letting guns fall into the hands of known criminals could possibly advance any legitimate law enforcement interest.”

Precisely! The negative publicity if something like this happened to go south should have been enough to dissuade any career bureaucrat. And yet, they still pushed it on. One is left wondering why, when it is so obvious that once the weapons were in Mexico they couldn’t be gotten at anymore, did they allow something as unprecedented as this to go on? The defense that they were tracking the weapons to make arrests clearly doesn’t pass muster, in light of revelations like this:

“What we have here is a colossal failure of leadership,” said ATF agent Pete Forcelli, a supervisor in the Phoenix office. “We weren’t giving guns to people for killing bear, we were giving guns to people to kill other humans. This was a catastrophic disaster.”

There is no doubt that the ATF KNEW that these weapons would end up killing people in Mexico. The question then begs to be asked: what benefit would that provide anyone? How would increasing the casualties in the ongoing war in Mexico serve any purpose, and what could that purpose be?

Well that perspective and purpose becomes clear in light of that campaign of falsehoods that lay blame on the violence in Mexico to easy access of guns in the USattempt to re-institute an assault weapons ban by the DOJ.

At a minimum the DOJ was pursuing its attempt to reinstitute an assault weapons ban in parallel with an ATF operation that armed drug gangs in Mexico and helped escalate the number of deaths while laying blame at the feet of the US. I suspect there was quite a bit more to this story, and that none of it will work itself out well for the people involved.

That ATF sting operation: who was it really targeted at?

What am I talking about? Well, this story about a border patrol agent shot and killed by Mexican drug cartel members:

On the night of December 14, 2010, Agent Terry was on duty in the Rio Rico area of Southern Arizona about 15 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. He and three fellow BORTAC agents were summoned to Peck Canyon, one of the many rural pathways alongside Interstate 19 that are notorious as transport routes for smugglers of drugs, humans, and other contraband. Peck Canyon is also notorious as an area plagued by Mexican bandits known as “rip crews” who prey not only on the smugglers and illegal aliens, but also on hikers, ranchers, local police, and Border Patrol agents. Robbery, rape, and murder have become the bandits’ stock in trade. As in so many other areas along our southern border, the rip crews are usually heavily armed, with full-auto machine guns. These areas are assigned to BORTAC Units, a sort of Special Forces for the Border Patrol, composed of tough, highly trained, well-armed, expert marksmen who know the terrain. They are the only units deemed capable of handling both the harsh physical environment and the vicious desperados that populate it.

Something went terribly wrong on that night in Peck Canyon. Agent Brian Terry’s BORTAC Unit reportedly confronted at least five bandits in the darkened ravine. Agent Terry was shot in the back (some reports say pelvis). He shouted he couldn’t feel his legs, and later fell unconscious prior to being pronounced dead. One of the bandits was wounded and captured, along with three other members of the gang. A fifth suspect was apprehended later by Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriffs. It’s believed several other suspects, including the suspected murderer, escaped back into Mexico.

The murder of Agent Terry was a tragic blow to his family and friends, his fellow Border Patrol agents, and the entire border community. However, to the sorrow and anguish that is natural to a violent death of this sort has been added a sense of frustration, outrage, and suspicion, as a number of troubling discrepancies and changes in the official story of the shooting event have developed. The official veil of secrecy, denial, and stonewalling that has descended over the case has caused members of Brian Terry’s family, members of Congress, and federal whistle-blowers to cry “coverup.”

First, we had the cover ups and the denials. Then the accusations that it was guns, too easy to get in the US and then shipped to the cartels that were responsible for this horrible incident. Easy access to guns allowed the cartels in the Mexican wars to escalate their conflicts to the point they were now shooting American border patrol agents that got in the way of their operations. Of course, the whole thing was a reason that the anti 2nd Amendment crowd, and especially the ones in government, immediately began making calls to basically do away with our basic 2nd Amendment rights, to protect the innocent and prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again, of course.

Remember that this happens right around the time that big cases like District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago are not just going the way of the anti-gun leftists in power, but coming up at a crucial time they are in power, during a big crisis, when some of their elites tell us they wish they could juts act like the Chinese government does and do whatever they want, and, frightening to the anti-gun left, threatening to end their big battle in what they supposed was friendly courts to circumvent or deny us all our second Amendment rights. Say what you will, but I believe the left doesn’t want the citizenry armed for the same reason every totalitarian state from Nazi Germany to Fidel’s Cuba disarmed their citizen, and that’s to destroy the citizenry’s ability to fight back.

Anyway, the stories flood the airways after this border patrol agent’s death that it is easy access to guns in America, and like I already mentioned, in what looks almost like an orchestrated campaign, the verdict is that it is our own 2nd Amendment and easy access to guns is what are allowing the Mexican cartels to arm themselves and be so dangerous. Search for the stories, there are hundreds of news and blog posts making precisely this accusation and many others responding to them and pointing out that is highly unlikely to be the case with our current levels of control. These stories are so numerous I couldn’t pick out which one to include to do this accusation justice. You can do the leg work yourself. But let’s carry on. What’s the answer to the problem then according to our leaders and elite? Of course, that the ONLY way to stop the weapons from going to Mexico, is to deny American citizens their second Amendment.

Unfortunately for the people and the narrative, not everyone buys this bullshit, and especially the proposed and convenient solutions being offered, and thus, they start digging deeper: looking for clues and answers. They hit gold, and while the right was on this more than 6 months before, even the MSM finally admits that what we have is a gunrunning scandal uncovered at the ATF. It seems the ATF, which when caught decided to pretend they were running a “gun running sting operation”, to track where the guns went and how, was the primary source and the bulk supplier of those US guns the left kept telling us about were being used by the Mexican cartels. We are told we are going to get investigations! We find out top officials knew about what the ATF was doing with the guns, despite a lot off effort to hide that. These officials realizing how that this is going to blow up in their faces then resolve to fight back, and what we get is the agencies involved stalling the investigations: its now about the ATF and DOJ doing damage control.

It looks like the whole thing went south, and while some might just blame this on the ineptitude of these people, one thing stand out to those of us that expect this from the people that tell us that they will never let a crisis go by without taking advantage of it.

Beyond f-ing scary!