Confirmed: “Fast and Furious” Designed to Make the Case for Gun Regulations

Posted by on Dec 07, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Barack Obama

Oh, just some crazy conspiracy , huh?

Uh, no, and there should not only be resignations from the Justice Department and ATF, but from the White House.

Just imagine if they got away with this? Well, they actually still might, since most of Obama’s butt-boy media won’t touch this scandal.

Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the “big fish.” But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called “gunwalking,” and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3”. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.

On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:

“Bill – can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.”

On Jan. 4, 2011, as ATF prepared a press conference to announce arrests in Fast and Furious, Newell saw it as “(A)nother time to address Multiple Sale on Long Guns issue.” And a day after the press conference, Chait emailed Newell: “Bill–well done yesterday… (I)n light of our request for Demand letter 3, this case could be a strong supporting factor if we can determine how many multiple sales of long guns occurred during the course of this case.”

This revelation angers gun rights advocates. Larry Keane, a spokesman for National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group, calls the discussion of Fast and Furious to argue for Demand Letter 3 “disappointing and ironic.” Keane says it’s “deeply troubling” if sales made by gun dealers “voluntarily cooperating with ATF’s flawed ‘Operation Fast & Furious’ were going to be used by some individuals within ATF to justify imposing a multiple sales reporting requirement for rifles.”

Read the rest. Sharyl Attkisson deserves a Pulitzer Prize for her work, but she’ll never get it.

You know why.

Via John E.

3 Responses to “Confirmed: “Fast and Furious” Designed to Make the Case for Gun Regulations”

  1. Finbar on 7/07/11 at 3:47 pm

    When will we start punishing corrupt bureaucrats for their blatant contempt for the Constitution?

  2. Hanz on 7/07/11 at 4:22 pm

    “Oh, just some crazy conspiracy , huh?”

    Well no, it’s the pretty obvious point.
    Phoenix sells thousands of guns to the Mexican cartlels. If that’s okay then STFU. It it’s not, then you want tighter regulations on gun sales. Oh, unless you think there’s currently the exact right amount and it’s just a coincidence there’s a bloodier war next door than the one in Afghanistan.

    Have we found the secret memo yet that explains how 10s of 1000s of people all got killed with the same gun that killed this 1 border agent?

    What about the memo that explains how Obama and Holder forced the Bush administration to run the same program out of the same Phoenix ATF office?

    How about the one that explains who forced Phoenix to sell military hardware to al Qaeda in the 1990s? Damn, I guess if NewsMax doesn’t get that document we’ll never be able to figure out what the problem is. Hmmm tough one.

  3. Lightwave on 7/07/11 at 4:45 pm

    That’s the sound of the F&F bombshell taking out Obamee’s re-election chances.

    At this point the Republicans in the House have no choice but to publicly demand that Obamee resigns, or that articles of impeachment will be introduced for obstruction of justice, perjury, and violations of his oath to the U.S. Constitution.