Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fast and Furious: coming to a school near you?

While the media and various members of the Left - and everyone else seduced by the myth that one more law will force mentally ill people to stop breaking the law - claim that military-style, semi-automatic weapons need to be outlawed (in reaction to the school shooting in Connecticut), we need to remember that the Obama administration has pretty much buried the crimes they committed in the Fast and Furious case.

For those of you who may have somehow missed this case - downplayed or not mentioned at all by most of the major media outlets - it is the facts concerning the sale of thousands (over 2000, by most counts) of semi-automatic rifles and pistols to members of the Mexican drug cartels. Gun shops here in America (Arizona and Texas, mostly, but also in other locations such as Atlanta) were _ordered_ to sell the weapons, in spite of the fact that the owners/operators of those gun stores reported to BATF that they believed the sales to be illegal.

In some cases, the firearms purchases were actually physically assisted by agents of the BATF - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (and Explosives, now as well). No attempt whatsoever was made to track these firearms into Mexico. The street-level agents who requested permission to do so were denied that permission by their supervisors, even when they stated unequivocally that it was improper not to do so.

Eric Holder, Obama's appointed U.S. Attorney General, who oversees the BATF, has done everything in his power to prevent the truth from being told about how this debacle was planned and carried out. He has prevented the release of the information, the documents, emails, and testimony which would indicate where this operation originated and who ran it. Obama put his oar in the water by stating that Executive Privilege applied - as it actually does not - to the information being sought from Holder by Congress. Although, if Obama was involved in ordering this operation, or in its continuance after it came to light, then perhaps Executive Privilege would apply to any documents pertaining to his involvement.

So, how does this all relate to my title? Well, recently, more weapons provided by our government to the drug cartels have shown up at crime scenes. A drug cartel shoot-out in Mexico where a Mexican "beauty queen" was also killed was recently publicized by Fox News. In a comment I made on another blog, I wondered how long it might be before one of these "Fast and Furious" firearms was discovered at the site of another school shooting.

While I certainly hope it never happens, considering the thousands of rifles and pistols - including .50 BMG rifles such as the Barrett semi-automatic sniper rifle - that were sold to the drug cartels, it may only be a matter of time.

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