I love it when the media actually does their job. Fortune Magazine investigated the whole “Fast and Furious” scandal. You know, the one where Republicans are accusing ATF of allowing guns to be sold to Mexican drug cartels, two of which guns were used to kill border patrol agent Brian Terry.
I knew something didn’t make sense when the same people who accuse the Democrats of trying to curtail second amendment rights were complaining because Obama didn’t arrest people for buying guns. But I didn’t realize how overblown and politicized this has become until now.
It turns out that the ATF was not purposely letting guns “walk” and end up in Mexico. The truth is that the gun laws are so weak in Arizona that there were no grounds for arresting the people that ATF knew were buying guns for the Mexican drug cartels. It simply isn’t illegal to purchase these guns and then either sell or give them to someone else. Indeed, the ATF has been criticized in the past for trying to arrest people for just this!
And the guns found at the scene of Brian Terry’s murder? The ATF had been notified of the purchase of those guns after the fact, and dutifully entered their serial numbers into their database. But they had never even seen the guns, nor had any chance to seize them. Nor could they have seized them if they had wanted to, since they were legally purchased.
There are many other parts of this controversy that are entirely made up.
But that’s politics.
Interestingly, even Jon Stewart’s humorous take on Fast and Furious gets it wrong: