We’ve heard plenty about the ‘seepage’ of arms from the Mexican army and police forces into criminal hands, but we’re not quite so used to it happening here at home. When twenty-six AK-74 rifles and one Dragunov sniper rifle went missing from a U.S. Army storage depot at Fort Irwin, California, however, Army officials knew just who to call: the ATFE.
After all, no other Federal agency has more experience with losing rifles than the ATFE, which spent years deliberately losing track of thousands of rifles, most of which were ultimately delivered to Mexican drug cartels and used to murder civilians, police, and two U.S. law enforcement agents (so far).
The ATFE is pursuing this Army case vigorously, and has already made several arrests related to the 27 missing rifles. This investigative diligence stands in stark contrast to their Schultzian (I know nothink!) investigation of more than two thousand missing rifles, now in the hands of hands of Mexican drug gangs.
The Moral Of The Story? Lose 27 rifles, and all Hell lets out for lunch. Lose more than two thousand, and it’s just another year on the job for the ATFE.
Details at cnn.com.