But as for me and my house ...
I believe that 'Fast and Furious' was designed and implemented to cause anti-gun sentiment by placing U.S. guns in the hands of criminals in foreign countries; and, when people were killed with those guns, international regulation of gun sales and ownership would be viewed as necessary.
Case in point: Maria Gamez, Mexican beauty queen, was among five people killed on November 23, 2012, in a shootout between drug traffickers and Mexican soldiers.
A semi-automatic pistol found near the scene has been traced to former ATF agent, George Gillett, Jr., who oversaw the Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation from October 2009 to April 2010. An AK-47, also found at the scene, was traced to Uriel Patino, a suspect in the Fast and Furious operation, and has been linked to the 2010 shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
In Operation Fast and Furious, nearly 2,000 weapons disappeared in 2009 and 2010. Gillett's supervision had been found "seriously deficient" in an inspector general report.
Gillett, previously the second in command at the Phoenix ATF office, offered to be a witness in the congressional probe of Operation Fast and Furious, which led to a U.S. House contempt vote in June, 2012, against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for refusing to provide subpoenaed documents. President Obama exerted executive privilege to protect Holder. Gillett has been reassigned to Washington.
Another supervisory agent, David Voth, once said that Fast and Furious was "the tip of the ATF spear" in U.S.-Mexico firearms trafficking.
ATF records reveal that at least two of the guns Gillett purchased while at the Phoenix ATF office, including the gun found at the Gamez murder, were purchased using the office address; and, a third purchase listed the address of a local shopping center. It is a felony offense to falsify a federal gun transaction record (Form 4473) yet Gillett has not been charged.
The ATF stated that Gillett's pistol, favored by Mexican drug cartels, was limited to military personnel and law enforcement until 2004. Gillett told CBS News that he owned the pistol, but that he had sold it for about $1,100 a year before to a U.S. citizen in Arizona. [Proof, please?]
U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug shut down a previous ATF operation in which Gillett had been involved, concerned with the agents' ability to track and control the guns. B. Todd Jones, Lillehaug's assistant at the time, is now Obama's interim ATF director. Jones has called Fast and Furious "unacceptable".
The family and friends of Brian Terry and Maria Gamez would agree! When will the people who instituted this operation be held responsible?
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