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While most mainstream media outlets have refused to report on this, newly uncovered emails show that one of the aims, if not the chief aim, of Operation Fast and Furious was to forward an anti-gun agenda.
Operation Fast and Furious was a failed sting operation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. If you don’t know what Fast and Furious is, blame the media and its reluctance to cover complicated stories that paint Democrats and other leftists in a bad light. Apparently, old-fashioned hard-hitting journalism is not worth the effort unless it taints a conservative.
Because of this, most people will never know there might actually be something more nefarious to the scheme than just a poorly planned and executed sting operation. In fact, it might not even have been a sting operation at all but rather a veiled attempt to further restrict the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
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The ATF, in 2009 and 2010, encouraged gun dealers to sell more than 2,000 guns, mostly AK-47s and .50-caliber rifles, to smugglers. The idea, ostensibly, was to catch the “big fish” and to stem the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.
This plan was so colossally stupid that even a government bureaucrat should have recognized it as such.
After the guns were sold, ATF supervisors ordered field agents not to stop the smugglers at the border. Of the more than 2,000 guns sold, only a small fraction have been recovered, usually at the scene of a violent crime.
The guns the ATF allowed to be delivered to Mexican drug cartels have been used in hundreds of violent crimes and more than 200 murders, including the Dec. 14 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
It then took U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who oversees the ATF, 10 months to apologize to the Terry family for the death of the agent. Also, the Feb. 15 killing of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata might have been related to the operation as well.
Holder, when questioned by Congress, lied about what he knew and when he knew it. Emails uncovered in October show this. President Barack Obama’s only reaction has been to point to President George W. Bush’s administration and saying they did it too. Earlier this month, at the behest of the Obama administration, a federal judge sealed the records concerning Terry’s death.
What is the president trying to hide?
The truth, of course.
For several years, ATF officials have pushed for more gun control, called Demand Letter 3. Demand Letter 3 requires some 8,500 firearms dealers to report to the ATF if they sell two or more long guns to a single person within five business days.
On April 25, 2011, ATF announced plans to implement Demand Letter 3. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is suing the ATF to stop the new rules because the regulation is an illegal attempt to enforce a law Congress never passed.
The newly uncovered emails show that some ATF officials were using the sales of guns to these gunrunners and Mexican cartels as an excuse to implement Demand Letter 3.
Basically, ATF officials urged gun dealers to illegally sell weapons to gunrunners and then ordered their agents to illegally allow the guns to cross the Mexican border where they could no longer be tracked. The weapons then were used in the murders of more than 200 people, so far, including at least one, possibly two, U.S. law enforcement agents.
ATF officials and Holder then lied about the operation while, at the same time, made the claim that the large number of weapons being sold in the United States and smuggled to Mexico requires new gun controls. Now the Obama administration is sealing the records.
Meanwhile, these ATF officials and Holder, who told Congress on Thursday the guns would be turning up at crime scenes along the border for years to come, still have jobs instead of jail cells.
Knowing the weapons could not be tracked once they crossed the border, the only possible goal of the ATF was to generate an excuse to violate a right specifically enumerated in the Constitution, the right to keep and bear arms.
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