Fox News went in search of a Mexican politician who was properly outraged at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) for running guns from the U.S. into their territory. The news org worked their way down the list from president Felipe Calderon to Sen. Rene Arce Islas. Methinks Sen Islas has issues. “I obviously feel violated. I feel my country’s sovereignty was violated,” the pol protested. The U.S. government officials involved should be “tried in the United States and the Mexican government should also demand that they also be tried in Mexico since the incidents took place here. There should be trials in both places.” As if . . .
Click here for the LulzSec leaked document ATF Project Gunrunner Southwest Border Strategy Weapons of Choice. It’s a colorful catalogue of firearms the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (and Really Big Fires) deemed smuggle-worthy for the Mexican-bound straw purchasers green-lighted by President Obama. Or someone acting under his authority. We may someday know which. Click here for ATF Project Gunrunner Mexican Cartel Strategy. No surprises there, so click here for TTAG’s review of the pistol favored by upmarket narco-terrorists, Jihad-crazed Army Majors and wealthy, recoil-aversive American gun owners.
So sayeth President Obama during a photo op on his tour of South America. If irony be the food of love, Obama’s unintentionally hilarious remarks would make him a google-eyed gourmand. In other words, considering the ongoing ATF Gunwalker scandal, President Obama’s pledge to take guns away form South American cartels has got to have journalists sniggering into their iPads. Actually, no. Here’s how the AP followed-up on that knee-slapper . . .
The “Gunwalker” scandal started at cleanupatf.org. Well it actually started at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires), where someone had the bright idea to allow rifles to travel from the U.S. to Mexico. Or maybe even “walk” them into Mexico themselves. All so the ATF could justify federal funding and garner kudos by busting said smugglers. Eventually. But not before a Mexican drug gang used two ATF-enabled weapons to murder Brian Terry, an agent for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Hang on; two weapons? What are the odds? Either the ATF was extremely unlucky in this firearms fiasco or . . . they must be responsible for a large number of deadly weapons falling into the hands of criminals. Now that I’ve had a little time to poke around the site, I’ve discovered the possibility that there may be 3000 smoking guns . . .
Color me confused. Two days ago, the Obama Administration signaled its intent to trim the budget of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (and Really Big Fires) by $160 million. The first to go: the last to arrive. Project Gunrunner. For those of you who haven’t been following our coverage, that’s the ATF’s gun-running interdiction program mired in scandal, a travesty of justice that may have led to the murder of a U.S. Border and Customs agent. Good riddance to bad rubbish and not before time. Cut off the diseased limb. That kind of thing. Right? Only now the Washington Post reports that the Obama administration has suddenly reversed their decision. And the paper that broke the Watergate scandal is cheering the decision. Not to coin a phrase, but WTF is that all about? Check it out . . .
The Washington Post reports that the White House is looking to trim “nearly” $160 million from the ATF’s 2011 $1.25 billion tab. “That’s a 12.8 percent reduction . . . 3.6 percent below the current budget,” the WaPo reports. [Click here for the Department of Justice budget request.] That’s also roughly twice the amount of funding that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) expropriated from a Calderon-crazed Congress to fund Project Gunrunner. So, will the anti-gun smuggling op and its four new ATF field offices go the way of the ATF’s much vilified emergency -> temporary -> trial -> where-the-hell-did-we-put-that-thing long-gun registry? Well . . .
This summer, Mexican President Calderon blamed the Yeso New Mexico Hotel and Gun Shop [above] for arming Mexico’s drug cartels with eternally misnamed assault weapons. [Note: exaggerating for effect.] Despite a distinct lack of credible evidence that this was anything near the truth, Uncle Sugar authorized an extra $81.3 million for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) to create Project Gunrunner . . .
As we reported previously, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently hit up Uncle Sam for $81.3 million to fund Project Gunrunner. That’s the program the ATF created to stem the mythical (if politically correct) “iron river” of illegal guns flowing from the U.S. to Mexican drug cartels. I repeat: $81.3 million. This year. On top of the agency’s “normal” $1 billion plus annual budget. So far, so bad. The Office of Inspector General had a look and tore the ATF a new one, excoriating Project Gunrunner for its ineffectiveness and inefficiency. That was then (last month). This is now. And now the ATF is crowing about nabbing five—count ‘em five—gun runners. And indicting four others. Here’s the list . . .
The gun control crowd constantly crow about guns purchased by friends of felons for gun crimes. In fact, the Department of Justice reckons that only 8.5 percent of traced crime guns are the result of “straw purchases.” As we like to say in these parts, you can round it down to zero. I repeat: the vast majority of guns used in crime are black market weapons. And yet the press give straw purchases a hugely disproportionate amount of publicity . . .
It’s a new year! Your luck has to improve, right? Sure, the odds may be against you, but what will it cost you to throw your hat in the ring? [Thanks, as always, to Aaron Spuler at The Weapon Blog]
- Taurus Model 85
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Added to this list: January 8, 2014
- Sig Sauer SP2022 Desert
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Added to this list: January 7, 2014
- Springfield Armory XDM 3.8 9mm
Deadline: January 10, 2014
Added to this list: December 3, 2013
Aurora, Colorado Police Chief Dan Oates has confirmed reports that investigators in the Batman Massacre found a 100-round drum-style rifle magazine at the scene of the crime. Even before the discovery, Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-N.J.) office announced plans to reintroduce legislation restricting rifle magazine capacity. “If reports are correct and a high-capacity gun magazine was used to commit these awful murders, Senator Lautenberg will absolutely renew his effort to limit the availability of this dangerous firearm attachment,” Lautenberg’s PR guy told The Huffington Post. “Lautenberg, one of the most vocal gun control advocates in the Senate, introduced a bill to limit high-capacity magazines following the shooting of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords . . . The bill went nowhere.” With a bit of luck, this one will follow it. Still, watch this space.
“Both the N.R.A. and the smaller but more strident Gun Owners of America have made Thursday’s House contempt vote crucial to their ratings of House lawmakers,” the New York Times opines. “The N.R.A. is pressing to win Democratic votes, said Wayne LaPierre, the group’s chief executive, and White House officials and House Democratic leaders concede that a handful of Democrats are likely to vote for the contempt resolution.” Their problem being? “That may be more a testament to the enduring power of the gun lobby than to the bipartisan belief that Mr. Holder and the Obama administration have stonewalled Congress over the gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.” Maybe. But probably not. And here’s the funny (ironic/moronic) thing . . .
The Editorial Board of The Washington Post must be using a special dictionary. All the dictionarys to which I have access define the term “worked” as succeeded or accomplished, but the WPEB (yes, I’m too lazy to keep writing The Editorial Board of The Washington Post, sue me) headlines their piece on the repeal of Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month-(unless-you-are-a-special-person-) law Repealing A Gun Law that Worked . . .
The Lynchburg News & Advance asks in an editorial “Will debate on guns be one-sided?” The debate they are referring to of course is the gun-control debate. They use the recent killing of a VA Tech cop to resurrect the specter of the massacre and ask if gun laws have been fixed since then. By fixed, of course, they don’t mean recognizing the natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right of students and staff to own and carry the weapon(s) of their choice. Instead, they’re asking, “have laws reducing the flow of guns and the number of guns floating around the state been tightened since then?” They then answer their own question…
According to NRA jefe Wayne LaPierre, “The guys with the guns make the rules.” What if everyone has a gun? In Wayne’s world, that’s the way it should be. Wayne and his acolytes reckon America’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is the foundation of our individual liberty and peaceful democracy. In other words, our “checks and balances” system of government depends on mutually assured destruction between the people and their government. Be that as it may, Wayne missed a trick: the guys with the guns and the ammo make the rules . . .