Another ATF weapon tied to a killing in Mexico

  • Article by: Richard A. Serrano , Tribune Washington Bureau
  • Updated: July 5, 2013 - 10:22 PM

New document detailing death of police chief suggests “Fast and Furious” weapons are in use deep inside country.

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Truckman182Jul. 5, 13 7:59 PM

Meanwhile Eric Holder lies to congress and committe perjury about Fast and Furious. Yet he is not held accountable by this ridiculously corrupt administration.

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serfdumbJul. 5, 13 8:13 PM

A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year. - Why do we keep calling these weapons lost? They were deliberately given and not tracked. Good thing these weapons were not in the hands of law abiding citizens, those killed would probably have been alive. Its not about gun control, its about control. Wake up and smell the coffee.

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just1oldgoatJul. 5, 13 8:19 PM

On June 28, 2012, a result of a dispute over the release of DOJ documents related to F&F, Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in contempt of Congress. Also that month, President Obama had invoked executive privilege for the first time in his presidency over the same documents. Now, a little over a year has passed, the story continues, and we are actually supposed to consider this story as "news"?

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russ999Jul. 5, 13 8:23 PM

"Meanwhile Eric Holder lies to congress and committe perjury about Fast and Furious. Yet he is not held accountable by this ridiculously corrupt administration"

do you have any evidence for that claim? No. The liar is you.

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russ999Jul. 5, 13 8:31 PM

There is no firearms trafficking statute, which would have allowed the ATF to build a swifter case that targeted the straw purchasers and their recruiters as a group. There is no comprehensive database of firearms purchases, which would have given the agents a much-needed real-time look at their suspects’ activities. In fact, the laws are so lax that the buyers didn’t even need to resort to a favored avenue for shady purchases: our totally unregulated gun shows, which require no background checks at all. (A sane country also would not have left the ATF to languish without a permanent head for fully six years).

The Republican-led House, acting in lockstep with the NRA, twisted the facts of the ill-fated gun trafficking investigation in Phoenix to complete almost every item on its political To Do list. It used the scandal to bludgeon and destabilize the ATF, the agency charged with enforcing the nation’s gun laws. It diverted attention from the ineffective gun laws that made the ATF’s job in Fast and Furious nearly impossible. And it emerged with a cherished talking point: that the gun laws on the books right now are more than adequate, and it’s only their enforcement that has flaws.

The effort by the NRA and its friends in Congress to stymie any discussion of our permissive guns laws during its Fast and Furious investigation was made plain by the lead sled dog, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who at multiple hearings openly silenced Democratic members from even asking questions about the strength of the laws or potential legislative solutions.

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bother12425Jul. 5, 1310:33 PM

Good thing the ATF didn't have any spare Blackhawk Helicopters or hellfire missiles to hand over the Mexican drug cartels.

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bother12425Jul. 5, 1310:35 PM

Maybe next month Obama, Holder and Nepolitano can send the Mexican Drug Lords a million rounds of ammo to go with those weapons.

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imperatorgJul. 5, 1310:55 PM

Whatever happened to "guns don't kill people, people kill people"? The NRA and their enablers in and out of congress think it is just peachy to allow anyone, regardless of violent inclination or mental instability, to buy any gun or guns they wish with zero restriction or regulation.. So now they are whining about who has a gun. If this had happened during a Bush administration they would be writing it off as a good faith mistake and chanting, "nothing to see here, move along". Self-serving hypocrites trying to score political points, nothing more.

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lickingladyJul. 5, 1310:58 PM

Way to go Eric Holder, Janet Nepolitano and Barack Obama!

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johnwisJul. 6, 13 6:27 AM

Many, including Eric Holder, have stated that the "Fast & Furious" program was started under Bush, and that it is a continuance of Bush's program. What they don't tell you, is that Bush's program, was stopped because it wasn't working, and all guns were recovered...(they had tracking devices installed in the guns)...and the risk to life was not worth it. The program under Holder...is a complete failure. and now they don't know where all of the guns are at. But as we have witnessed again...one has shown up.

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