ATF Death Watch 150: Double Standard in the Land of Enchantment

Representative Elijah Cummings makes me sick. The ranking minority member of the House Oversight Committee, charged with investigating the ATF’s Fast and Furious gun running, reckons the Committee should drop the whole thing because . . . Bush did it. Well, the ATF under Bush. I guess the fact that Bush’s ATF goons tried to follow the guns, whereas Obama’s jack-booted thugs intentionally allowed gun smugglers to walk thousands of firearms across the border, unaccompanied, doesn’t matter. Hey Cummings: tell that to the family of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the Marine gunned down by a cartel rip crew using ATF-enabled firearms . . .

Cummings constantly bitches about social justice. But the politician—who swore to uphold the United States Constitution before he took office—clearly doesn’t give a flying you-know-what about legal justice for the victims of Operation Fast and Furious. Or accountability for those who created and implemented the “Guns for Goons” enterprise.

How much hypocrisy can We The People stand? Let’s check in with the AP:

The [New Mexico gun] dealer who supplied a border town smuggling ring that shipped nearly 200 guns to Mexican drug cartels was handed a five-year prison sentence Thursday along with a stern lecture.

“It’s time to say ‘basta!, enough!,” federal judge Judge Robert Brack said to defendant Ian Garland.

“There is a war in Mexico and the war machine requires fuel,” the judge said. “This conspiracy was happy to supply that fuel. What made my decision was that in this terrible supply chain, that link was you.”

Gun dealer Ian Garland was the second of 14 people charged in the Columbus, N.M.-based conspiracy to be sentenced. All have pleaded guilty.

Other defendants include former Columbus Police Chief Angelo Vega, former Mayor Eddie Espinoza and former trustee Blas Gutierrez.

As this series has pointed out since the git-go, drug cartels get the majority of their weapons through “legitimate” (i.e. State Department approved) U.S. sales to the Mexican military and police. Also worth noting: not every gun that goes south of the border goes to criminals. The Mexican people are disarmed. They’re being raped, tortured, intimidated and murdered. Connect the dots.

That said, the cartels are a loose confederation of animals. In terms of firearms, they get what they get and they don’t get upset. (Unless they do and then someone’s in trouble.) More to the point, the United States is a nation of laws. Straw purchasing and gun smuggling is illegal. Politicians who accept bribes are criminals. Fair trial > sentence > jail > done.

So why the hell aren’t the people responsible for Fast and Furious, an ATF program that “walked” over 2000 gun store guns to vicious criminals, facing criminal charges? That’s it. That’s what I want to know.

Nathan Lichvarcik, the Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting the case, called Garland a “dirty gun dealer motivated by greed … the bottomless fountain of firearms for this conspiracy.”

For ten months in 2010, the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious was the bottomless fountain of firearms for drug thugs (not to mention the weapons channeled to Mexico via Operation Castaway and other similar efforts). Administrators, agents and the members of the Obama administration who knew about and/or approved the ATF’s black bag job should be brought to justice. Including, if applicable, the President of the United States.