This headline comes to us from the Washington Post. When the going gets tough, the tough let the bad guys smuggle thousands of guns into Mexico? Suffice it to say, I just threw up in my mouth a little. But there’s an interesting wrinkle. “The undercover operation’s goal, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich said in a [February 4] letter to Grassley, was ‘to dismantle the entire trafficking organization, not merely to arrest straw purchasers.’ Weich added: ‘The allegation – that ATF ‘sanctioned’ or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them into Mexico – is false.'” Whoa. Either Weich just threw himself on his sword, or it’s true . . .
Which gives new credibility to the theory that the system was corrupted by cash. Drug money started talking and the guns went walking.
Exhibit B: the WaPo’s revelation about the first event that pinged our Gunwalker radar: the arrest of Carter’s Country gunstore owner for selling weapons enabled by the ATF:
Defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin said the controversy has had an impact on the criminal investigation into one of his clients, Carter’s Country, a Houston area chain that had sold assault weapons to a gun-trafficking ring. DeGuerin said that Carter’s Country was told by the ATF to go ahead with sales of assault weapons and then report the serial numbers later to the ATF. Last week, a prosecutor called DeGuerin to say the investigation was being dropped.
At the time of the indictment, when Carter’s Country’s boss started talking about the ATF’s foreknowledge of illegal sales, I wondered why the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) would prosecute a gun dealer for doing something they told him to do.
The most logical explanation: the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. While I DO believe that the Project Gunrunner and Fast and Furious cover-up reaches all the way to the top, it’s possible that the Agents on the sharp end of all this straw purchasing misegos went rogue.
Just sayin’ . . .