‘Gunwalker’ Under Fire
Will the Justice Department be held to account for arming lethal Mexican cartels?
June 14, 2011 - 12:00 am
President Barack Obama has long pushed the 90 percent lie, a bit of fiction in which he claims that 90 percent of cartel weapons in Mexico originate in U.S. gun shops along the border.
The fact of the matter is that of the 100,000 weapons that had been recovered by Mexican authorities at that time, only 18,000 were determined to have been manufactured, sold, or imported from the United States, and of those 18,000, just 7,900 came from sales by licensed gun dealers. He was only fabricating the truth by 81 percent.
Now that we know that the ATF directed U.S. gun dealers to allow more than 2000 — and as maybe as many as 2,500 — of those 7,900 guns, it now seems that something approaching a third of the guns sold by dealers to the cartels were conveyed at the order of Barack Obama’s Justice Department. Not only was the president lying about the percentage of guns coming from the U.S. in order to drum up support for gun control measures, his executive branch agencies were responsible for padding the numbers almost another 50 percent.
In addition to the civilian guns, the U.S. government is indirectly responsible for many of the cartels’ heavy weapons as well, though there is no indication that the Justice Department or ATF had any hand in what appears to be greed, graft, corruption, and theft south of the border.
So what do we have before us?
We have a rogue federal agency in the ATF that has been rudderless, without a permanent director since 2006, and with little hope of getting one anytime soon. (The president chose to nominate Andrew Traver for the post; he was immediately blocked by Republicans because of his anti-gun views and association with the Joyce Foundation.) We have a Justice Department that intends to deeply encroach upon individual liberties, emulating by deed, if not name, the same sort of lawless power King George gave to the redcoats. And we have a president that promised the most “unprecedented level of openness” in government, who has the power and responsibility to order the ATF and DOJ to respond to Congressional requests for information and subpoenas, and who refuses to do so.
Our executive branch has armed narco-terrorists as violent as any of the jihadis we’ve faced in Iraq or Afghanistan, and they owe it to the nation to explain both how and why.