By Rick Oltman, September 27, 2019
Obama Administration Attorney General Eric Holder’s “gunwalking” scheme, known as “Operation Fast and Furious,” has claimed another life, this time in Mexico.
After a shootout between rival gangs in Chihuahua, a little over 200 miles south of El Paso, Mexican law enforcement arrested nine people and seized 10 weapons on June 20. One of the weapons, a semi-automatic Romarm Cugir GP-WASR 10/63 rifle (a clone of the Russian AK-47 that shoots a 7.62 x 39mm bullet), was traced by its serial number to the unbelievable “Operation Fast and Furious” disaster conceived by Eric Holder. The rifle was purchased in December 2009 in Prescott, Arizona.
Sheryl Atkison reports that the buyer, Sean Steward, … eventually pled guilty to trafficking firearms while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was monitoring him under Operation Fast and Furious.
In one of the many raids on El Chapo’s hideouts prior to his arrest, a .50 caliber rifle from “Fast and Furious” was recovered.
Nobody is certain how many deaths have resulted from “Fast and Furious” guns placed in the hands of criminals, but it could be in the hundreds.
I.C.E. Special Agent Jaime Zapata was ambushed and murdered by the Mexican criminal group Los Zetas with a “Fast and Furious” gun in February 2011.
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed by a smuggler and illegal alien using a “Fast and Furious” AK-47 on December 14, 2010, while armed with a shotgun loaded with non-lethal beanbag rounds.
I was tipped off by friends, retired and active border patrol agents, within hours of Terry’s killing, and learned about the beanbag rounds.
While trying to confirm the beanbags, I was told about 16 hours after Terry was killed, that one of the guns recovered at the scene in Peck Canyon was, “… one of those guns that was smuggled into Mexico by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).”
“What … smuggled … what … what are you talking about … rogue ATF agents?” I stammered. It did not compute.
“Fast and Furious” wasn’t public knowledge at that time. I eventually found out what it was. It seemed as unbelievable as arming border patrol agents with beanbag rounds for a night operation against known violent drug thugs in one of the most dangerous areas on the entire southern border.
Only later did we learn about “Operation Fast and Furious,” in spite of attempts by the Obama Administration to conceal it.
This U.S. Federal Government-run fiasco (sorry to be redundant) supplied thousands of guns to the Mexican drug cartels, has resulted in many deaths, perhaps hundreds or even thousands, and nobody has ever been held accountable.
There seems to be a mania for investigations in the nation’s capital at the moment. I suggest we investigate “Operation Fast and Furious” and learn the whole sordid truth about it.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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