By Claudia Anderson,
Vice President Madison County Republican Club
Very little media attention has been given to something that has become a huge scandal. This Operation Gun Walker a/k/a “Fast and Furious,” needs much attention by everyone and all media.
Early this year, it was disclosed that the ATF and Obama Justice Department had been selling 2,500 assault rifles to Mexican drug connections in the United States to be “walked” across the Mexican border. The theory being that the American government would then be able to track the guns via their serial numbers and paint a picture of drug cartel activity, by where the guns showed up. However, it seems that somewhere between 1,200 and 1,300 of the weapons are now unaccounted for and perhaps some of the greatest tracking “success” has come where weapons connected with more than 200 murders were linked to Operation Gun Walker guns.
Very recently, U.S. Border Patrol Agents found an arsenal of weapons including assault rifles and explosives inside the U.S. border and according to the Wall Street Journal, June 08, 2011, regarding another incident, “An arsenal found in Mexico included at least five assault rifles that U.S authorities trace to a federal operation gone badly awry, according to government documents. The discovery appears to confirm, for the first time, fears cited by Republican lawmakers that a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation called Fast and Furious failed to stop guns from ending up with drug gangs in Mexico.”
In March, President Barack Obama acknowledged that the plan was flawed and it could be that a serious mistake was made, in which case, someone will be held accountable.
Sen. Charles Grassley, Iowa Republican, called for an independent investigation into the operation and called for “heads to roll” and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the operation “looks an awful lot like Iran-Contra,” the scandal that put a shadow over Ronald Reagan’s presidency, during congressional hearings he chaired. John Casa, an agent at the ATF’s Phoenix Field office called the program “a colossal failure of leadership.”
Now the idea is to use the government authorized illegal gun sales as evidence that our constitution authorized bearing of arms needs more regulations. . Yes, MORE REGULATIONS ARE NEEDED ON THE ATF AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!
There must be accountability for those individuals and agencies who ordered and approved the illegal sale and trafficking of these weapons that continue to flood back into the US and are responsible for so many deaths, one of which is that of Brian Terry of the Border Patrol’s elite Tactical Unit known as BORTAC. According to family and coworkers, Brian was an amazing young man, strong, courageous and incredibly patriotic with a nick name of “Superman”. This fine young man was murdered while on duty days before Christmas 2010 at a distance of 18 miles inside our border with the assistance of “THE FAST AND FURIOUS GUN WALKER”.
The REPUBLICAN CLUB of Madison CountyWill meet at noon Monday, October 10, at Shelby’s RestaurantWe welcome all to join us.
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