ed: So that they could then turn around and ban those same citizens from owning guns? No? Read on! It’s brilliant!
Report: More than 1,000 weapons unaccounted for in Fast and Furious
posted at 1:40 pm on July 26, 2011 by Tina Korbe
All along, critics have argued Operation Fast and Furious was a reckless operation because officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should have known they would never be able to keep track of the weapons they allowed to be sold to straw buyers, those who legally purchase guns and illegally sell them to a third party.
A congressional report out today validates and quantifies that criticism. The report shows federal agents running the disastrous program can’t account for more than 1,000 firearms bought by suspected smugglers. The WSJ reports:
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Scandal: Rather than a botched attempt to catch criminals, was the ATF program actually an attempt to advance gun-control efforts by an administration that has blamed Mexican violence on easy access to U.S. weapons?
If “Operation Fast and Furious” was merely a botched attempt at law enforcement, why was a supervisor of the operation, David Voth, “jovial, if not, not giddy but just delighted about” marked guns showing up at crime scenes in Mexico, as career Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent John Dodson told Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee?
Perhaps because all was going as planned until it was learned that two of the AK-47s recovered at the scene of the fatal shooting of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December were bought in ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious. That wasn’t supposed to happen.
“Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals — this was the plan,” Dodson testified to the panel. “It was so mandated.”
ATF agent Olindo James Casa said that “on several occasions I personally requested to interdict or seize firearms, but I was always ordered to stand down and not to seize the firearms.”
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