The ATF said that they never intentionally let guns be trafficked across the border into Mexico. They had simply encouraged gun dealers in Arizona to sell as many guns as possible to questionable people tied to Mexican drug cartels. They were just trying to see where the guns ended up, so that they could take down the drug cartels, which are still alive and well today.
If they hadn’t strongly encouraged so many guns to be trafficked to Mexico, then Obama wouldn’t have been able to blame all of Mexico’s gun violence on America:
“We understand that the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico for which so many Mexicans have suffered is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States. We also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States. …I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common sense reforms to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people that can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do. …We’ll keep increasing the pressure on gun traffickers who bring illegal guns into Mexico. We’ll keep putting these criminals where they belong, behind bars.”
I think he meant to say, “We’ll keep increasing the pressure on gun dealers to sell large amounts of weaponry to those tied to drug cartels in Mexico to justify gun control measures here.” But, then again, he was never good at the whole truth thing.
The ATF may have halted their gun-running operation officially and issued their canned apology, but Mexico is still reaping the benefits of the Department of Justice “cracking down” on illegal guns…by giving foreign criminals guns. Not sure how that was going to help, but somewhere along the line, they lost track of all the guns they had helped traffic across the border. And they continue to turn up at crime scenes in Mexico:
“Three more weapons from Fast and Furious have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico…as the toll from the controversial federal operation grows. …[A]ll three guns are WASR-10 762-caliber Romanian rifles. Two were purchased by Fast and Furious suspect Uriel Patino in May and July of 2010. Sean Steward, who was convicted on gun charges in July 2012, purchased a third. The rifles were traced yesterday to the Lone Wolf gun shop in Glendale, Arizona.”
It’s estimated that there are about 1,400 more guns out there somewhere on the streets and completely unaccounted for. And they can all be tied back to the Fast and Furious scandal that no one in the Obama administration knows anything about, except that they didn’t intentionally do anything wrong.