“Keeping American weapons from getting into the hands of Mexican gangs is the goal of a program called ‘Project Gunrunner.’ But critics say it’s doing exactly the opposite. CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports on what she found.” What she found? How’s that for taking credit for the unwavering efforts of the gun bloggers at The Examiner and The Sipsey Street Irregulars? Never mind. CBS has moved the ball forward. “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.” By the way? Well that confirms my earlier theory that the reason ATF-enabled guns ended-up in the hands of the killers of US. Customs and Border Protection agent Brian Terry is because there were so damn many of them. But wait! There’s more!
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.”
Sure enough, the weapons soon began surfacing at crime scenes in Mexico – dozens of them sources say – including shootouts with government officials.
One agent argued with a superior asking, “are you prepared to go to the funeral of a federal officer killed with one of these guns?” Another said every time there was a shooting near the border, “we would all hold our breath hoping it wasn’t one of ‘our’ guns.”
Until, of course, it was. As I said above, as can’t be said frequently enough, drug runners used two of the ATF-enabled guns to murder U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. And now for the cover-up . . .
In a letter, the Justice Department which oversees ATF says the agency has never knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to suspected gunrunners.
So . . . what? So the game’s afoot Watson. With a bit more prodding, the MSM will discover who knew what when, and told whom to STFU. This one’s got legs.