Wednesday, June 22, 2011

So. Why "Gunwalker"/"Fast and Furious"

Bob Owens has been on this since Day One and he gets it.

It now appears that high-ranking officials in the Obama administration may be writing the end of their careers and risking a life behind bars by arguing about the technical definition of “walking” firearms. “Gunwalker” now involves the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); its parent agency, the Department of Justice (DOJ); the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and the White House itself.

Yup. There were emails suggesting that BATF/Justice was 'coordinating' the activity in line with White House policy.

[Early on], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder began to craft the meme that Mexican drug cartel violence was rooted in what they view as lax American gun laws. By February 4, we were hearing the infamous “90 percent lie,” the administration’s false accusation that 90 percent of the guns used in cartel crime could be traced to U.S. gun shops...

A "lie"? From ideologues to whom a few dead bodies are useful for agit-prop? Say it isn't so!

Well, it IS so. Note the large difference between 'total confiscated weapons' and 'weapons sent to the US for trace' for openers:

Mexico has more than 300,000 confiscated weapons locked in vaults. Mexico has asked the U.S. government to trace just a small fraction of those, including just 11,000 in 2007-2008, of which a little more than half — close to 6,000 — were successfully traced. This means roughly 5,000 of the 11,000 submitted could not be traced at all. Of those 6,000 guns that could be traced, 5,114 were traced to the U.S.

Here's the important part:

It is unknown how many of those traced weapons were purchased in U.S. gun shops, how many were stolen, and how many were Mexican military weapons sold to cartels by deserting Mexican soldiers.


Eric Holder tipped the administration’s hand just a little more than a month into Obama’s term, using cartel violence as an excuse to push for reinstatement of the failed Clinton-era “assault weapons” ban...

That plan went exactly nowhere in Congress, which had learned in '94 that "gun control" exterminates (D) politicians, not guns.

By April, the administration began shifting resources to the border states as part of a “federal blitz,” and announced to great fanfare that they were going to step up efforts to stop gun and drug trafficking across the border — portraying American gun dealers as a key part of the problem.

Holder and Napolitano, not to mention BATF cowboys up and down the line, are in this up to their lying necks. Couldn't happen to a better bunch.

And you'll have to read the linked article to find out what Article III, Section 3, of the US Constitution says--but it's worth reading.

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