Why is it that our government does not trust the American people with firearms, but they sold them to the Mexican drug cartel? I know that the ‘Fast and Furious’ operation was meant to be a sting, but it seems that it turned into a gun running scheme. At least 1400 of the 2000 weapons were lost. Well, make that 1399.
The Washington Post reports
A massive rifle found among a cache of weapons at Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Mexico came in to the country via the U.S.’ botched “Fast and Furious” program.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ran the serial numbers of eight of the weapons found in the house and discovered one of the two .50-caliber rifles kept there traced back to the ATF program.
Though these are the very weapons that the federal government and several states are seeking to keep out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, they sell them to known criminals. This is a slap in the face to Americans. It is as if they said, you cannot be trusted, while handing these weapons to the ones we fear.
Selling drug dealers arms this destructive is pure foolishness. Especially if we consider that it could have been used against our own DEA.
Fox News reports
A .50-caliber is a massive rifle that can stop a car or, as it was intended, take down a helicopter.
After the raid on Jan. 8 in the city of Los Mochis that killed five of his men and wounded one Mexican marine, officials found a number of weapons inside the house where Guzman was staying, including the rifle, officials said.
We also need to remember that there has yet to be any real answers on this fiasco. There was a lot of noise made about this from Congress but no answers.
Fox News continues
The operation became a major distraction for the Obama administration as Republicans in Congress conducted a series of inquiries into how the Justice Department allowed such an operation to happen.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt after he refused to divulge documents for a congressional investigation into the matter.
While a crusade to dismantle the Second Amendment is ongoing, there is little to no effort to recover the firearms lost across the border. American citizens fear the confiscation of their guns, the Mexican cartels continue to use ATF-supplied weapons in their criminal activity.
We may never know the extent of the damage this failed program has brought to our country. It is unlikely that some of the remaining weapons did not cross back into America. At least, this powerful rifle is now out of criminal hands.