Fast and Furious II
The ATF, at the direction of the Justice Department and numerous high ranking officials, allowed known gun runners to purchase something like 2,000 weapons in violation of existing safeguards to prevent such actions, and then allowed these weapons to disappear into Mexico where they have been used in countless murders, executions and drug wars. The unstated purpose was likely to provide the Obama administration with a pretext for claiming US gun laws were fueling the drug wars south of the border. The main stream media abetted this by claiming some obscene percentage of guns traced came from US gun shops. This from a very narrow sampling of tens of thousands of thousands of seized guns. The media also ignored the fact that many South and Central American armies were more than willing to supply these weapons at a fraction of the cost and with none of the American paperwork as fully automatic weapons are among the most tightly regulated in the US.
The operation came to a screeching halt when at least two of the illegally obtained weapons were used to kill a US Border Agent during a firefight and it came to light that gun shop owners had reported the illegal purchases to authorities, but the ATF ordered agents to let the guns go into Mexico despite the pleas of ATF whistler blowers. There are Congressional hearings and all sorts of people are on the hotseat.
Now it comes to light that another 1,000 weapons were sold to the MS-13 gang in Honduras:
There are now reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Tampa Field Division, ran a gun-running investigation that was walking guns to Honduras using the techniques and tactics identical to Fast and Furious. 1,000 of those guns were sold to MS13 buyers.
Congress gave the ATF $29 million in 2009 including $10 million in stimulus money for "project gunrunner," the predecessor of "fast and furious." A year later it got $37 million more to expand gunrunner.
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