Here’s philly.com‘s take on the National Rifle Association’s fight to deep-six the ATF’s new, unconstitutional long gun registry: “Is the NRA really saying that it wants to defend Mexican drug cartels’ right to arm themselves with U.S.-made semiautomatic rifles?” It’s difficult to contemplate the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious—a program that actively armed Mexican drug cartels with U.S.-made semi-automatic rifles—and write a sentence like that. But this is what passes for critical thinking at the Enquirer. The left-leaning newspaper is so willfully ignorant it’s worth taking this anti-gun agitprop apart piece by piece. Let’s start with a few facts . . .
The rogue agency decided the best way to fight gun running to the cartels was to get into the cartel gun-running business. When US gun dealers notified the ATF of decidedly suspicious buyers – likely straw purchasers – they give them the Emily Litella routine, telling them ‘never mind.’ Which was par for the Fast and Furious course.
The only problem with their brilliant operation: people died. Both here and in Mexico. ICE and Border Patrol agents among them. To say nothing of hundreds of Mexicans. It undoubtedly makes it much more difficult to track straw purchasers with so much blood on your hands.
Now, the same agency that worked to hard to arm the narco-terrorists is doubling down by abrogating the law and the legislative process, requiring border state gun sellers to report multiple long arm sales. All in the name of stopping guns from getting to the narco-terrorists. It would be funny if it weren’t so horrifying.
The ATF’s strategy is aimed at so-called straw buyers who purchase weapons legally, then resell them to gun traffickers who supply drug lords south of the border.
Those would be the same straw buyers the ATF actively aided and abetted before their sordid scheme was exposed.
It makes perfect sense to ask the 8,500 gun dealers in the four border states covered by the directive to, in effect, serve as an early warning system for authorities.
Perfect sense if you disregard the inconvenient fact that it’s illegal. After all, the new ATF diktat is merely an end-around Congress and a violation of federal law. But extremism in the defense of gun control is no vice. At least as far as the Enquirer’s concerned.
Given the violent drug war still plaguing Mexico, it makes no sense to tie the ATF’s hands. That agency and Holder are already under scrutiny for botching an effort to track illegal guns in Mexico, likely resulting in the death of a Border Patrol agent. The NRA is making matters worse.
Hope the Enquirer editorial crew know a good chiropractor. Carrying that much water for the administration has to wear on you after a while.
All kidding aside, obtuseness of the magnitude shown in this editorial takes a special brand of chutzpah. The kind you need to twist hatred for the NRA with willful blindness regarding the ATF like a pretzel to fit the argument you’re trying to make. All in all, I’d rather not be in Philadelphia.
[Note: Tomorrow (Monday), TTAG will publish a major expose of the ATF’s gun running operation which will explain many of the mysteries and apparent contradictions surrounding the program.]