Holy smokes! Did you hear about this? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) had this program called Operation Fast and Furious that willfully allowed and encouraged otherwise illegal straw purchases to happen at gun stores in Arizona so the agents could track where the guns went and arrest the criminals.
Unfortunately, the BATFE agents who were monitoring the transactions were told to stop tracing the guns – some of them evil-looking black rifles – after the sale. Some ended up in Mexico after being found at crime scenes and one was even used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
From CNN – who quickly broke the news last night at 9:14 p.m. ET, long after most reporters call it quits for the day…
Federal agents can’t account for more than 1,400 guns after a widely criticized operation aimed at tracing the flow of weapons to Mexican drug gangs, sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN.
Of 2,020 guns involved in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives probe dubbed “Operation Fast and Furious,” 363 have been recovered in the United States and 227 have been recovered in Mexico. That leaves 1,430 guns unaccounted for, the sources said.
Of course, CBS News (to their credit) and a bunch of new-media blogs knew about this and started reporting on it more than five months ago.
Thanks for catching us up CNN!
Are they kidding? They practically avoid the story for months and all of a sudden they have their Special Investigations Unit write an article with no new information at all and – get this – bury the story in the Politics section of their website! What a professional embarrassment.
Well, I guess they had to join the fray at some point.