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Monday, February 28, 2011

The BATF, letting guns in to Mexico?

For some time now, the anti-gun left and government officials, have been blaming a lot of the firearms violence in Mexico, on guns shows and firearms dealers in the SouthWest US. 
The hard truth is yes American firearms purchased illegally are being shipped to Mexico, the numbers have been claimed as high as 90% of the fire arms used in crimes in Mexico come from the USA. But that number is highly dubious, given that over 30,000 fire arms were captured by Mexico in 2008, and only 3480 could be traced back to the USA by the ATF.  Many of these firearms were fully automatic and select fire weapons, arms that are not legally sold in the USA, without a LOT of paper work and back round checks. Of these many are obviously from Mexico’s own military, sold by corrupt officials or stolen from armories. Russian,and Chinese full autos, Grenades, and medium machine guns have also been captured, none of these can be obtained in gun stores or gun shows here in the USA.

In t he last few weeks a few news organizations, and pro gun groups got wind of problems with a BATF operation called “Gunrunner”. The program was set up to track and stop the exportation of American arms into Mexico. That sounds noble enough, but reports have been surfacing that BATF agents, after being notified by gun dealers of questionable person attempting to buy large quantities of fire arms, compelled the dealers to complete the transactions. Was this a program to track the firearms? You would think so, but as more and more information on this program has come to light, the more it appears it was a political ploy to boostthe numbers of guns recorded by the ATF, going over the boarder, to the determent of dealers and gun owners.

Sources tell CBS News several gun shops wanted to stop the questionable sales, but ATF encouraged them to continue.

Jaime Avila was one of the suspicious buyers. ATF put him in its suspect database in January of 2010. For the next year, ATF watched as Avila and other suspects bought huge quantities of weapons supposedly for “personal use.” They included 575 AK-47 type semi-automatic rifles.

ATF managers allegedly made a controversial decision: allow most of the weapons on the streets. The idea, they said, was to gather intelligence and see where the guns ended up. Insiders say it’s a dangerous tactic called letting the guns, “walk.”

One agent called the strategy “insane.” Another said: “We were fully aware the guns would probably be moved across the border to drug cartels where they could be used to kill.”

On the phone, one Project Gunrunner source (who didn’t want to be identified) told us just how many guns flooded the black market under ATF’s watchful eye. “The numbers are over 2,500 on that case by the way. That’s how many guns were sold - including some 50-calibers they let walk.”

50-caliber weapons are fearsome. For months, ATF agents followed 50-caliber Barrett rifles and other guns believed headed for the Mexican border, but were ordered to let them go. One distraught agent was often overheard on ATF radios begging and pleading to be allowed to intercept transports. The answer: “Negative. Stand down.”

CBS News has been told at least 11 ATF agents and senior managers voiced fierce opposition to the strategy. “It got ugly...” said one. There was “screaming and yelling” says another. A third warned: “this is crazy, somebody is gonna to get killed.”

Some one did get killed.
Boarder Patrol agent Brian Terry, was killed by one of the very guns that the BATF agents let walk.

All this has motivated Sen. Charles Grassley to beginning a, investigationand he immediately hit a wall at the DOJ.
The BATF, it seems could not, or would not try to stop or intercept all these arms crossing over the border into Mexico, and one has to wonder why?

Posted by HARLEY on 02/28/11 at 07:06 PM in 2nd Amendment  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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