For when it absolutely, positively HAS to be clusterfucked beyond all recognition™. (H/t Sir George).
“Project Gunrunner” deployed new teams of agents to the southwest border. The idea: to stop the flow of weapons from the US to Mexico’s drug cartels.
And how did they plan to “stop” the flow of weapons?
In late 2009, ATF was alerted to suspicious buys at seven gun shops in the Phoenix area. Suspicious because the buyers paid cash, sometimes brought in paper bags. And they purchased classic “weapons of choice” used by Mexican drug traffickers – semi-automatic versions of military type rifles and pistols.
Sources tell CBS News several gun shops wanted to stop the questionable sales, but ATF encouraged them to continue.
That’s right. They were going to “stop” them by encouraging them to continue. Much like how expanding availability and quality of care is going to bring health care prices down, how spending more is going to decrease the deficit and how raising taxes is going to lower unemployment.
It’s some sort of strange, Federal Math™ that we can’t quite figure out how works. The only thing we do know is that it doesn’t work in the dimension that we inhabit.
ATF managers allegedly made a controversial decision: allow most of the weapons on the streets. The idea, they said, was to gather intelligence and see where the guns ended up. Insiders say it’s a dangerous tactic called letting the guns, “walk.”
In the end, they had about 2,500 guns “walking around”, including some .50 cals, which sounds more like a “stampede” to us than a “walk.”
CBS News has been told at least 11 ATF agents and senior managers voiced fierce opposition to the strategy. “It got ugly…” said one. There was “screaming and yelling” says another. A third warned: “this is crazy, somebody is gonna to get killed.”
Yeah, well… It’s all fun and games and Federal “strategery” until somebody kills a Border Patrol Agent.
Then, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered. The serial numbers on the two assault rifles found at the scene matched two rifles ATF watched Jaime Avila buy in Phoenix nearly a year before.
More importantly: Let him buy. Actually, insisted that he be allowed to buy.
Maybe it’s time we introduced some legislation to stop the ATF Gun Running Loophole?™ We mean, if it saves a single life, right? Its continued existence has already cost plenty.
In a letter, the Justice Department which oversees ATF says the agency has never knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to suspected gunrunners.
Yeah. Tell that to Agent Terry’s parents, why don’t you? You disgusting, incompetent, overpaid, underworked, mentally deficient, cockpuffing cuntmuffins.