Anyone remember that the leaked memo from ATF central asking their agents to generate “positive publicity?” You know; in the wake of the Gunwalker Scandal, in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stands accused of allowing thousands of guns to flow unimpeded from American gun stores to Mexican drug cartels? It looks like the entire friggin’ Agency has heeded that call. At the same time. In the same place. “Special agent Kimberly Riddell, public information officer for the ATF, told The Star Press that 70 ATF agents, investigators and support personnel were at the [Parker City Ludco gun] shop, with assistance from the Indiana State Police .. .
The gun shop, located on west Washington Street, was taped off by police, and more than 20 cars were on the scene, where officials were removing guns from the shop, placing them in boxes and then loading the boxes onto moving vans.
So who’s paying for all those agents to travel to Indiana, how many members of the press were “invited” and what, pray tell, was the problem?
Ludco Gun Shop owner Fred Ludington was arrested this morning on federal charges.
Ludington was charged with selling firearms to felons and non-Indiana residents.
What’s the bet that this bust is down to entrapment or technical violations? Besides, 70 agents? And . . . anyone see any irony here?