Old and busted: Gunwalker
New hotness: Gangwalker?
At Pajamas Media, Bob Owens stays on on the trail of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who, apparently in concert with the FBI, have gotten the White House in some serious hot water. Having already explored the disastrous experiment known as Operation Fast and Furious, we now learn that it may have a kissing cousin out in Indiana. From the Washington Examiner:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has acknowledged an Indiana dealer’s cooperation in conducting straw purchases at the direction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Exclusive documents obtained by Gun Rights Examiner show the dealer cooperated with ATF by selling guns to straw purchasers, and that bureau management later asserted these guns were being traced to crimes.
It’s a long, detailed report with chilling similarities to the original Gunwalker scandal. The federal government essentially provides cover for straw purchasers to take delivery of weapons without interference from state or local officials. The weapons then wind up at crime scenes, having been used for all manner of mayhem. The difference in this case is that, rather than heading out of the country to Mexican drug cartels, they go to American organized crime gangs. Retaliation against a whistle-blower follows in short order.
Bob Owens sees a pattern in the government incompetence.
There was never any mechanism within Fast and Furious to intercept the thousands of Gunwalker weapons once they left the gun shops, and the multi-agency team (DOJ, ATF, FBI, DEA, IRS, DHS) acted as nothing more or less than a shield to prevent straw purchasers and smugglers from being intercepted by local or state law enforcement.
The apparent purpose of the operation was to lend the thinnest veneer of truth to the 90-percent lie spread by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Hillary Clinton from the very beginning of the Obama administration. It makes sense only as a plot to manufacture evidence for the punitive gun control laws that Obama has championed his entire political career. Indeed, even after Gunwalker was exposed, the number of U.S. guns in Mexico, many of which were put there by the actions of the government itself, was still brazenly used as the excuse for ATF long gun reporting requirements currently being challenged in courts.
Likewise, what Codrea has dubbed as “Gangwalker” appears to be another attempt to provide guns to criminals in order to generate more gun crime and then more calls for gun control.
The biggest difference between the two operations at this early date only seems to be that Gangwalker is a purposeful attempt to create the deaths of American citizens in order to pursue the administration’s fanatical anti-gun agenda.
So was it just stunning stupidity and incompetence spread across multiple offices of two different agencies, or is there some hidden agenda at work. I’ll leave that speculation to the reader, but it’s certainly food for thought. The real loser in all of this – after those killed or injured in the ensuing criminal activity, of course – is the American gun owner and proponent of second amendment rights. But by exposing these operations before we see new gun control measures popping up in Congress we may be staunching the wound before it fully breaks open.