elfronterizo.com.mx takes America to task for allowing its citizens to buy—SHOCK HORROR—a .50 caliber Barrett rifle. “Sometimes the price of the world’s deadliest weapon, capable of shooting down aircraft and advanced armor penetration can be a bargain: $4,000 in some cases. ‘Offer. Take your Barrett,’ reads the ad on the Internet, one of many that offer .50 caliber rifles to the general public in America. The announcement, issued by a gun shop in Virginia, takes the offer further. ‘No shipping charge,’ he promises. ‘Call Now.’ In that country the sale of the Barrett is provided to civilians, despite its purely military applications and high capacity for destruction, without having been able to apply federal law to restrict any marketing, Mexican incidents involving weapons such as this [alleged attack on a military helicopter] have lit red lights and the cases are stacked on the desks of several officials.” Yes, well . . .
First of all, the attack in question was something of a mystery. As in we don’t know where the flight originated (rumor has it Texas), who was in it (U.S. “contractors”?), whom they were they trying to monitor and who shot at them.
The ATF proclaimed the incident as a watershed of some sort; change the outcome of a battle, yada yada yada. The House Oversight Committee’s investigators inspected the damaged craft and included “the Mexican helicopter incident” in their report. Guess what?
The attack was linked to . . . wait for it . . . Operation Fast and Furious. Yup, the authorities cleaning up after the attack discovered that the rifle in question was an ATF-enabled Barrett .50 cal. Of which there were 34. [Click here for the Congressional Report, go to page 57.]
Secondly, “seepage” is the number one source of armament for the Mexican cartels. That’s the term for the tendency for U.S. sanctioned arms sales to the Mexican military and police to end up in the hands of the drug thugs. According to our sources, the Mexican government bought 55 Barrett .50’s, 50 Barrett 6.8’s and 10 Barrett .338’s. That’s in 2010 alone.
In truth, Mexican drug cartels are using weapons—fully automatic machine guns with grenade launchers and grenades to launch—that made their way through “official” channels. Ditto for the ammo. Any other intel is nothing more than disinformation designed to serve political ends. That is all.