Was "Fast and Furious" a plot to push new gun control laws?

Forcing gun dealers to make sales that they didn't want to make. Not tracing the guns so that the policy would be of any crime stopping value. It is hard to think of any possible legitimate benefit that would come from this program. Democrats have yet to offer any legitimate explanation. Indeed, they haven't really tried. Now comes this from CBS:

Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

ATF officials didn't intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called "Demand Letter 3". That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or "long guns." Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information. . . .



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There can be no other explanation for releasing over TWO THOUSAND guns than the desire to jury rig the statistics concerning US guns ending up in Mexico. Any sting or trace could have been accomplished with a couple of dozen firearms. To get to the bottom of this scandal you need only to follow the ideology to whre it leads you.

12/08/2011 5:13 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

The answer to your question Dr. Lott, would be a resounding yes in my opinion. I do believe that I did make mention of this possibility in an earlier post here, but I'm not 100% sure.

If Agent Brian Terry had not perished as a result of this illegal undertaking by BATFE, we would have seen new gun control laws. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

12/09/2011 1:27 PM  
Blogger Chas said...

That's exactly what it was, and 300 people are dead. Isn't homicidal incompetence on a mass scale illegal, or at least a civil liability?
Anti-gunners go into a tizzy over a legitimate gun owner keeping a gun handy, but Obama sending thousands of guns directly to criminals is the most insignificant thing for them.
Corzine didn't know where the money went, Obama didn't know where the guns went. When does mere responsibility become legally liable responsibility? "Never" is not a satisfactory answer when billions of dollars and hundreds of lives have been lost. Accountability has to mean more than just saying "sorry" and moving on. Barack should be bunking with his pal Blago.

12/09/2011 6:28 PM  

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