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Howard Nemerov


August 2, 2011 - 12:30 pm

Fast and Furious–the ATF’s program to stop American gun stores from declining to sell guns to Mexican drug cartel agents–has gained media attention. Rightfully so, since evidence mounts that this was the DOJ’s plan all along to create their mythical “river of guns” from America’s gun stores into Mexico.

But another corrupt government gun supplier deserves attention, too. Details are still emerging about cartel agents who took over the town of Columbus, New Mexico.

Blas “Woody” Gutierrez, 30, a former Columbus village trustee, pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Cruces to one count of conspiracy, three counts of making false statements in the acquisition of firearms and three counts of smuggling firearms from the United States.

Gutierrez admitted he organized the conspiracy, along with Columbus’s mayor Eddie Espinoza, police chief Angelo Vega, and 12 others.

After paying the police chief for “protection,” Gutierrez bought weapons, tactical gear and body armor, and smuggled the items to the Ciudad Juarez-based La Linea drug cartel…At least some of the trips were made using village vehicles, for which Gutierrez paid the former mayor…

They smuggled about 200 guns into Mexico. Gutierrez’s lawyer claims six of them were part of Fast and Furious, which leaves 194 that were Columbus government’s responsibility.

Promoting their anti-gun propaganda, Reuters wrote that three of the six were “cop killer” pistols. They’re likely referring to the gun used by Nidal Hasan to commit the Fort Hood massacre.

While it can shoot ammunition that penetrates Kevlar vests, anti-rights media always omit mentioning the civilian ban included in the same federal code that outlaws straw buyers. A police chief could buy this ammo, however, possibly making this smuggling operation deadlier than Fast and Furious.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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