Gunwalker goes “legal” … again
posted at 7:45 pm on December 9, 2011 by Jazz Shaw
Despite the frequent and vociferous denials from the Attorney General, it’s difficult to see how much further the Gunwalker saga goes before the dominoes begin to fall. Bob Owens continues his relentless investigative coverage of the story at PJ media this week with what – by now – probably won’t come as much of a surprise. Supposedly “legal” sales of weapons going into Mexico have skyrocketed in the last few years.
Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News has posted a bombshell article detailing how the Obama administration has greatly increased gun sales to the Mexican military. But further investigation into Attkisson’s discovery points toward the padding of a gun-control statistic — one frequently mentioned by the Obama administration — as the motive behind the increased sales.
One weapon — an AR-15-type semi-automatic rifle — tells the story. In 2006, this same kind of rifle — tracked by serial number — is legally sold by a U.S. manufacturer to the Mexican military.
Three years later — it’s found in a criminal stash in a region wracked by Mexican drug cartel violence.
That prompted a “sensitive” cable, uncovered by WikiLeaks, dated June 4, 2009, in which the U.S. State Department asked Mexico “how the AR-15″ — meant only for the military or police — was “diverted” into criminal hands.
And, more importantly, where the other rifles from the same shipment went: “Please account for the current location of the 1,030 AR-15 type rifles,” reads the cable.
There’s no response in the record.
The problem of weapons legally sold to Mexico — then diverted to violent cartels — is becoming more urgent. That’s because the U.S. has quietly authorized a massive escalation in the number of guns sold to Mexico through “direct commercial sales.” It’s a way foreign countries can acquire firearms faster and with less disclosure than going through the Pentagon.
This actually puts the number of guns “walked” to shame, and it numbers in the thousands. And where they show up leads to a bloody trail unfit for media consumption, apparently. But still, Democrat defenders of Obama’s reelection hopes insist that there is some sort of partisan witch hunt going on to take down Holder. (Trust me… I deal with this on a daily basis on Twitter every time the subject of gunwalker comes up.)
This may be the biggest untold story of the Obama administration at this point. Sadly, like some of his predecessors, it may not show up in the history books in any detail until your grandchildren read about it.