American Guns in Mexico

Monday 18 April 2011 - Filed under Dumbassery + Firearms + War on Drugs

Part of the reason why Holder, our Attorney General, suggested that we consider a renewal of the assault weapons ban was because of the supposed number of assault weapons sold in border states that were making it south in to the hands of cartels to be used against border agents and other law enforcement officials. It turns out, however, that many of those assault rifles were in Mexican hands because we were facilitating the sale of these guns to those who were known to be bringing these guns south.

The unidentified gun shop owner, whose identity has been redacted in the e-mails, repeatedly expresses concerns about selling firearms to Gunrunner suspects, and ultimately, in a June 17, 2010 e-mail to Voth, notes: “Tuesday night I watched a segment of a Fox News report about firearms and the border. The segment, if the information is correct, is disturbing to me. When you…and I met on May 13th I shared my concerns with you guys that I wanted to make sure that none of the firearms that were sold per our conversation with you and various ATF agents could or would ever end up south of the border or in the hands of the bad guys. I guess I am looking for a bit of reassurance that the guns are not getting south or in the wrong hands…I want to help ATF with its investigation but not at the risk of agents safety because I have some very close friends that are US Border Patrol agents in southern AZ as well as my concern for all the agents safety that protect our country…”

“Incredibly,” Grassley writes, “the FFL sent this email six months before guns from the same ATF operation were found at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry‟s murder. So, not only were the ATF agents who later blew the whistle predicting that this operation would end in tragedy, so were the gun dealers—even as ATF urged them to make the sales.”

Stay honest, federal government. Stay honest.

2011-04-18  »  madlibertarianguy