In case you were wondering why U.S. Customs and Border Protection didn’t cause more of a fuss when Mexicans used a gun “enabled” by the ATF to shoot and kill Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, we now have an answer: they have their own scandal to cover-up. “Border Patrol agents shot beanbags at a group of suspected bandits before the men returned fire during a confrontation in a remote canyon, killing agent Brian Terry with a single gunshot, records show,”azstarnet.comreports . . .
The documents say the group of illegal border entrants refused commands to drop their weapons after agents confronted them at about 11:15 p.m. Two agents fired beanbags at the migrants, who responded with gunfire. Two agents returned fire, one with a long gun and one with a pistol, but Terry was mortally wounded in the gunfight. Border Patrol officials declined to answer questions about protocol for use of force, citing the ongoing investigation.
Beanbag rounds? FYI via wikipedia.org:
The bean bag round consists of a small fabric “pillow” filled with #9 lead shot weighing about an ounce and a half. It is fired from a normal 12 gauge shotgun. When fired, the bag is expelled at around 70–90 metres/second (230–300 feet/second); it spreads out in flight and distributes its impact over about 6 cm² of the target. It is designed to deliver a blow that will cause minimum long-term trauma and no penetration but will result in a muscle spasm or other reaction to briefly render a violent suspect immobile. The shotgun round is inaccurate over about 6 metres and has a maximum range of around 20 metres. Changes to the bean bag round since its inception in the early 1970s have included a velocity reduction from 120 to 90 metres/second (400 to 300 feet/second) as well as a shift from the square shape to a more rounded sock shaped projectile.
Agent Terry’s brother makes the obvious connection: “Your government is telling you to use beanbags, but you are selling guns back to the Mexicans,” Kent Terry said. “There’s a lot of questions that they haven’t answered.”
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