Fast and Furious (a rant)
Ok, so, most of you know I'm quite a firearms collector, as well as a 2nd Amendment supporter so I'm about ready to explode here.
Anyone, correct me if I'm wrong, but this is the way I see things.
The Obama adminstration (Holde et al) make the claim that Mexico has some of the most stringent gun controls in the north america but because the USA does not, mexican drug cartels are obtaining firearms from north of the border. This is put forth as a reason why the US need to reverse it's liberal firearm policies and abolish the 2nd amendment (in so many words) The guns rights crowd says "what liberal firearms policies?" It's already illegal for mexican nationals to purchase firearms in the US, it is already illegal for US citizens to purchase and transport firearms to mexico, it is already illegal for US citizens to purchase firearm in the US and transfer them to mexican nationals while on US soil...
we are led to believe that unscruplious US citizens are evading the laws in huge numbers, we are led to believe that unscruplious gun store owners are transfering firearms to "straw purchasers" or mexican nationals with out Law enforcement being able to catch them. Perhaps this is happening but it's more likely to be in the 10s of guns, then in the 1000s
Along comes Operation Fast and Furious. Ok, this sounds like some really good spy stuff, guns are going to be "tracked" to find the "king pins". Normally a low level criminal was pinched for an illegal purchase and was offered a plea deal to rat out the guys above them... the higher level guy was pinched for an offence and offered a plea deal to rat out the guys above him... and so on. In those instances the firearms were not allowed to "walk". That is the criminal was arrested and the firearm recovered before it was away from the investigation and survailance teams...
however in the Fast and Furious... the agents/gun store owners/law enforcement was ordered to "let the guns walk"... The guns were going to be "traced".
Ok, so there must be some really smart guys on this one... guys who
1. made the firearms almost inopperable and highly inaccurate... I.E. nearly useless. Anyone who has made a firearm accurate and reliable, knows how to make it inacurate and unreliable.
A. Drill the rifleing from the barrle from the muzzle to about half the bore. The weapon will fire, you will be lucky to put a bullet on a 10' wide target from 100m
B. for semi automatic weapons, install a heavier recoil spring... the weapon will stove pipe and jam about half the time. if you are really good, you can get it to stove pipe much more often.
C. shorten the fireing pin, the weapon hang fires or misfires.
I can go on and on with the numerous ways to phuck up a weapon.
and 2. installed some really small, really sexy, top secret satelite tracking transmitters that may use Pizeo-electric burst transmits every time the weapon is fired, or could be passively activated like an RID tag so that when the weapon passes by any RID reader it pings out saying "here I am". You know, really James Bond stuff, molded into the stock, or grips so that nobody knows it's there or how the crap it's being tracked.
because the last thing I would want is a fully operational firearm with no way of remotely locating it, to fall into the hands of criminals... hell one of them could use one to kill a border agent or something.
Come to find out that none of that was the case... Fully operational and non-trackable firearms were allowed to "walk" across the border with little or no criminal aprenhension of the "little guys".
Now I'm not one to jump to conclusions, I truely believe that no one in the adminstration is that STUPID... or would put US/Mexican law enforcement, as well as US/Mexican citizens at deadly risk for POLITICAL AGENDA ADVANCEMENT.
But looking at what was done, what other conclusions can be drawn? Either the Holder (or perhaps white house) resigme is SOOOO STUPID that they can't even task the CIA with making some "trackable" and nearly inopearble guns, or they are willing to put people at deadly risk to PUSH THEIR ANTI GUN AGENDA...
and here is the kicker, anyone hear that being said on CNN, or any of the major media outlets? How about the New York Times asking Obama or Holder at the next press conference? How about some straight forward questions as to HOW the guns were to be tracked, other then waiting for them to be use in a CRIME!!!
Frequently I find myself in a situation where the actions of others make no sense... why would you do that, IF, you wanted this result? I.E. why let untracable guns walk if you want to catch the king pins...
frequently I find that my assumption of the "results" is wrong. If you want catch king pins... those are not the actions to take...
if what you really want to do is find dead mexican civilians gunned down by firearms that can be "traced" back to the US... then those are the precise actions to be taken.
Finally, when are heads going to roll? This is what we should be impeaching politicians for... DIRECTLY VIOLATION OF THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL OATHS. I don't care that clinton got blown in the oval office, I'm a little upset that he lied about it...
... but this is a direct violation of a Constitutional oath. Not only is it ignored, it's not even in the news, not a constant drum beat until those responsible are properly disgraced and removed from positions of power and authority.
alright Rant over
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