There are lots of signs that the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal was actually designed to provoke a public outcry for more gun control laws in the U.S.
For instance, what credible program to track guns into Mexico could possibly work without some sort of tracking devices in the guns, or without the knowledge of the Mexican government to actively follow the guns in Mexico? This factor alone gives the lie to the stated purpose of the program – because it simply would not work, as implemented.
They’re not that stupid. This program had another purpose.
So, right on cue, here are the liberals and Democrats wanting tougher gun laws in the United States.
By the way, the earlier similar program, Operation Wide Receiver, under the Bush administration did use tracking devices on at least some of the guns, and operated with cooperation of the Mexican government. Even so, a dozen guns made it across the border due to the Mexican police failing to intercept the guns, and the program was shut down. A total of 200 guns were in this program, and only a dozen got into the wild; not that this is acceptable, but at least they shut it down at that point. Under the Bush administration, at least they were responsible enough to shut it down when it didn’t work.
The current “Fast and Furious”, on Eric Holder’s (and Obama’s) watch, was conducted with over 2000 weapons, of which at least 1400 are still in criminal hands. No tracking devices, no knowledge by Mexican officials, no way to track the weapons once they were in Mexico. Hard to see how that was a good idea, and now at least several hundred Mexican citizens are dead, and a border patrol officer, and who knows how many other American citizens.
Many are dead as a direct result of this government program. It is likely that many more will die before it’s over, due to the 1400 or so guns that are still in the wild.
if “Fast and Furious” was implemented as an attempt to manipulate public perception of guns, then these gun control activists are some really ruthless, evil people.
If not, the very best you can say about Eric Holder and the chain of people under him is that they were criminally negligent.
In either case, those responsible should go to jail.
Addendum 11/8/2011: According to the headline, Eric Holder will try to use “Fast and Furious” to call for tighter gun control, in his testimony to Congress. This is another indication that gun control in the USA is the actual goal of this program. As a strategy, it might have worked, except for all those dead bodies laying around and had not the fact became known that it was the BATF, not American civilians, doing the gun-running.
These liberal activists apparently don’t care how many people have to die in order to implement their agendas. They intended for this to happen – they just didn’t figure on the BATF getting caught.