U.S. Customs Agent Brian Terry was murdered by armed men near the Arizona-Mexico border last December. He was yet another person killed on a border that President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have deemed “safe.” Obama showed some especially infuriating gall when he recently claimed that the border fence is “mostly complete.”
The president says a lot of things that are less than factual, and he is ignorant when it comes to many of the issues facing our border states. It would behoove him to get into some knowledge, because the “Gunwalker” scandal will need to be explained, sooner rather than later.
In the fall of 2009, the Department of Justice (DOJ) developed a risky new strategy to combat gun trafficking along the Southwest Border. The new strategy directed federal law enforcement to shift its focus away from seizing firearms from criminals as soon as possible— and to focus instead on identifying members of trafficking networks. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) implemented that strategy using a reckless investigative technique that street agents call “gunwalking.” ATF’s Phoenix Field Division began allowing suspects to walk away with illegally purchased guns. The purpose was to wait and watch, in the hope that law enforcement could identify other members of a trafficking network and build a large, complex conspiracy case.
Does anyone want to guess how this policy turned out? If you said, “disastrously,” go to the head of the class.
Fast and Furious let 2500 firearms “walk.” 1600 are still unaccounted for. The claim is 70% of 29,284 arms confiscated in Mexico were traced to the US. That’s 20,499 firearms, 12% of them with the knowledge of the U.S. government?
Fox News put the number of guns at 17%, or 4,978 of the 29,284. Factcheck.org says Fox is off, and the figure is double. So the number of known U.S. firearms is between 5 and 10 thousand.
Gunwalker then possibly contributed 25-50% of the arms to flow from the U.S. into Mexico. This with the knowledge of high ranking officials in the WH, DoJ, DHS and BATF. At the same time these stories about all the U.S. firearms were in the media, the same individuals who had knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious were decrying lax gun laws in the U.S. (LINK)
The weapon used to kill Agent Terry came from Gunwalker, and now the Obama administration is scrambling for cover. Maybe now they’ll address the border situation, but I doubt it. Check out the rest of the facts and figures at the link above. JCM did yeoman’s work tracking it all down.
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