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Fast and Furious: Never Waste a Crisis

John on December 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Sharyl Attkisson is back with another Fast and Furious revelation:

In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the “big fish.” But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called “gunwalking,” and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3″. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.”

Ace thinks this is an after-the-fact attempt to capitalize on their own disaster. I agree. I just can’t buy that this entire program was an attempt to gin up a reason to regulate guns. It’s far more likely this was an attempt to trace guns which was allowed to careen out of control. Indeed that’s what the emails seem to indicate:

ATF’s group supervisor on Fast and Furious David Voth assures the gun dealer there’s nothing to worry about. “We (ATF) are continually monitoring these suspects using a variety of investigative techniques which I cannot go into detail.”

Except they weren’t really monitoring the guns going across the border, they were just noting where they turned up after arrests or crimes. So at some point, with no sense of shame, they realized their own mess could be used to help push for more gun regulations.

It’s just another example of something we’ve seen a lot from this administration, i.e. push for more loans to unqualified borrowers and when the bubble bursts blame it all on deregulation. Push for entitlement programs and then, when the economy staggers under the debt burden, claim the solution is even more socialism! Progressives are masters at capitalizing on crises, even those of their own making.

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