CNN’s Special Investigation Unit reports ATF lost track of 1,400 guns!

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.

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  1. TomL on July 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Steve,I wonder how long it will take for them to get to this,

    A completely different gunwalking horror story. Anybody think that obama and holder are trying to curb our 2nd amendment rights?

  2. Tim-in-Alabama on July 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Forget the phony “gun show loophole.” We need to close the BATFE loophole that ACTUALLY led to hundreds of guns ending up in the hands of criminals.

  3. Law-AbidingCitizen on July 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Scandal number two! How many more “programs” are out there initiated by the Obama White House? The smoking gun (pun intended) is pointed directly at the president. How much longer is the lame-stream media going to carry water for the regime?
    In order to strip the citizens of the United States of their Second Amendment rights, the Obama regime has stooped to illegally arming criminal elements in other countries (and in the U.S.?) with stimulus money intended to help the economy!? Just to somehow “prove” to the American people that the Second Amendment doesn’t work. This sounds like the malfeasance of a dictator!!! Why are only a small number of Americans incensed by this? This is the hottest thing to hit the news. The media should be putting this story in their lead and keeping it there.
    I sure hope that Congress keeps investigating this unholy mess; the American people deserve better than this from their elected and appointed officials.

  4. Marilyn on July 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    When our Country is being run by Chiago Thugs, what do we expect.

  5. johnboy111 on July 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    where is sammeey 22

  6. ricbee on July 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    They’ll do anything to disarm us. But I got bad news for them even if they get this gun,I’ll soon be buying another one,they are on sale at the bodega on the corner.

  7. Shared Sacrifice on July 14, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I’ve got a conspiracy theory that’s off point right now… Just as the state is cutting corrections officers, the prison system decides to ban porn because it causes a, “Hostile Work Environment? Why right now? As if guards aren’t being assaulted with pathogen laden body fluids… Since when do the conjugal visit dems crack down on a potential voting bloc? When they want unhappy, testosterone charged prisoners and riots which can be used to justify more prison staff. And once there’s a riot, the dems will be mugging for the cameras as they throw money at the situation- never letting the crisis go to waste.

  8. Plainvillian on July 14, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Oh come on, they were able to track nearly 30%.? I can remember when that would be “close enough for government work.”? I suppose the next thing people will want is a balanced budget….. .

  9. Lynn on July 15, 2011 at 7:57 am

    And they don’t even hold Holder accountable?


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