ATF “Gunwalker” Scandal Simmers as Plot Thickens

Before the Safeway Massacre hit the headlines, TTAG was hot on the trail of a scandal involving agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires). Rumors were swirling that ATF agents walked guns into Mexico to hype the agency-justifying “iron river” of assault rifles flowing from Bob’s Gun Shop to Los Zetas drug cartel. Worse still, we’d heard noises that one of the guns may have been used to kill Border Agent Terry. Our radar is on. Meanwhile, a contact forwarded me a link to a bizarre story from Houston’s chron.com involving the ATF—or not the ATF—that indicates that something VERY fishy’s going on around the Brazos.

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Cop Upbraids Obama for Failing to Honor Fallen LEOs

Dear Mr. President,

I appreciate that today at the White House, you spent a few moments of silence for those killed in Tuscon. It was meaningful and undoubtedly appreciated by all who were at the shooting. I also appreciate that you are indicating that you will attend memorials or services in Tuscon. I believe that would be appropriate.

But in 2009 and 2010, during a week of remembrance, you couldn’t even attend a moment of silence for peace officers who have been killed or also murdered doing their jobs. Just a few blocks away from the White House. Minutes by motorcade.

I would suggest that for 2011, also make a public display of a few moments of silence for those killed and murdered for simply doing their job. Would that be too much to ask? Seems that would be a teachable moment as well.

I look forward to seeing you at Police Week 2011 in Washington D.C. Especially on one night of that week. Or, in lieu of that, you and your lovely wife standing on the lawn at the White House having a very public moment of silence for those peace officers killed.

Respectfully,

Officer Morris
A veteran peace officer
[via glocktalk.com]

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Baum Blasts Ballistic Bullies

As we talk about a new ban on large-capacity magazines, let’s consider the history. Back during the 1994-2004 “assault weapons ban,” Congress never banned large-capacity magazines. It banned their manufacture and import. If you had one, you were as free as can be to use it and even sell it. Between the time Congress passed the law and the day the law went into effect — and even during the debate over it — manufacturers cranked them out by the gazillion to get them grandfathered in. It’s entirely possible that the “ban” put more large-capacity magazines on the street than would have been there without the ban.

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Question of the Day: Is Obama Packing Heat? Should He?

Given Senator Obama enthusiasm for gun control, President Obama’s silence on the subject is a bit odd. Our man Albright ascribes Obama’s reticence to political savvy: the Prez realizes that taking on the NRA (i.e. gun owners) would put his party on a hiding to nowhere. And yet this is the same President who rammed a hugely unpopular health care bill through Congress. The same Commander-in-Chief who re-nominated Andrew Traver for head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires), when every gun rights advocate in the country is up in arms (though not literally) at the choice. I have another theory on Obama’s gun control side-stepping routine (which may or may not be in force at tonight’s memorial service for Jared Loughner’s victims). First this, from nytimes.com . . .

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Bullet Maker D Dupleks Presents: Self-Defense Ammo for Kids

Bullet maker D Dupleks builds some pretty wild expanding ammo. They’re unveiling new products for 20/70 and 410 calibers at the SHOT show. The company already makes the DUPO 7 Short Magnum for the 410-caliber Taurus Judge. “DUPO 7 steel slug expands at the first moment of impact when it hits material which consists water. Slug forepart opens till maximum, forms strong shape, which creates a powerful shockwave. When steel reaches breach point six regular splinters together with slugs main body creates 7 wound channels.” It should be interesting to see how they improve on that. Meanwhile, in the animation above, D Dupleks reckons homeowners can be judge, jury and executioner.

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