A young Texan grew up wanting to be a lawman. He grew up big, 6′ 2″, strong as a longhorn and fast as a mustang. He could shoot a bottle cap tossed in the air at 40 paces. When he finally came of age he applied to where he had always dreamed of working, a West Texas Sheriff’s Department.
After a big mess of tests and interviews, the Chief Deputy finally called him into his office for the young man’s last interview.
The Chief Deputy says, “You’re a big strong kid and you can really shoot. So far your qualifications all look good. But we have what you call an ‘attitude suitability test’ that you must take before you can be accepted. We just don’t let anyone carry our badge, Son.”
Then, sliding a service pistol and a box of ammo across the desk, the Chief says, “Take this pistol and go out and shoot six illegal aliens, six ACLU lawyers, six Democrat Senators, six meth dealers, six Muslim extremists and a rabbit.”
“Why the rabbit?”
“Great attitude,” says the Chief Deputy. “When can you start?”
Again, I can’t take credit for this… but its sentiment sure resonates through me.]]>
Yeah, like we haven’t heard that before.
Back in 2005, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) initiated a program called Project Gunrunner. Project Gunrunner is also part of the Department’s broader Southwest Border Initiative, which seeks to reduce cross-border drug and firearms trafficking and the high level of violence associated with these activities on both sides of the border. ATF has determined that the Mexican cartels have become the leading gun trafficking organizations operating in the southwest U.S. (DUH) and is working in collaboration with other agencies and the Government of Mexico to expand the eTrace firearm tracing software system. eTrace is supposed to provide web based access to ATF’s Firearms Tracing System to allow law enforcement both domestically and internationally the ability to trace firearms encountered in connection with a criminal investigation to the first recorded purchaser – who may have innocently sold the gun years ago. eTrace supposedly allows law enforcement to access their trace results directly (name and address of first purchaser) and offers the ability to generate statistical reports to analyze their trace data to estimate firearms trafficking trends or patterns. Here’s where it gets interesting.
Project Gunrunner has a stated official objective to stop the sale and export of guns from the United States into Mexico in order to deny Mexican drug cartels the firearms considered “tools of the trade”. However, since February 2008 under Project Gunrunner, Operations “Fast and Furious”, “Too Hot to Handle”, “Wide Receiver” and others (all together satirically dubbed “Operation Gunwalker”), have done the opposite by ATF permitting and facilitating “straw purchase” firearm sales to traffickers, and allowing the guns to “walk” and be transported to Mexico. This has resulted in considerable controversy.
Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) initiated an investigation with a letter to ATF on 27 January 2011, and again on 31 January 2011. ATF responded through the Department of Justice by denying all allegations. Senator Grassley responded with specific documentation supporting the allegations in letters to U.S. Attorney General Holder on 9 Feb 2011 and again on 16 Feb 2011. ATF refused to answer specific questions in a formal briefing to Senator Grassley on 10 Feb 2011.
Indictments filed in federal court, documentation obtained by Senator Grassley, and statements of ATF agents obtained by Senator Grassley and CBS News, show that the ATF’s Phoenix Field Division allowed and facilitated the sale of over 2,500 firearms (AK-47 rifles, FN 5.7mm pistols, AK-47 pistols, and .50 caliber rifles) in “straw man purchases” destined for Mexico. According to ATF agents, Mexican officials were not notified, and ATF agents operating in Mexico were instructed not to alert Mexican authorities about the operation. Some ATF agents and supervisors strongly objected, and gun dealers (who were cooperating with ATF) protested the sales, but were asked by ATF to complete the transactions to elucidate the supply chain and gather intelligence. However, there are accusations that ATF was attempting to boost statistics to “prove” that American guns are arming the Mexican drug cartels and to further budget and power objectives.
Many of these same guns have now been recovered throughout Mexico, which is artificially inflating ATF’s eTrace statistics of U.S. origin guns seized in Mexico. One specific gun, recovered at the scene, is alleged to be the weapon used to murder Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian Terry on December 14, 2010.
ATF’s negligence and their obsession with pursuing their anti-gun political agenda cost the life of an American law enforcement officer. The details of the scandal are straight forward:
To top it off, this comes while ATF press releases continue to spread the flat-out lie that over 80% of all the guns used in Mexico’s drug war come from the United States. And now, officials all the way up to the Obama White House are denying any knowledge of an operation that would have clearly needed high-level approval.
I don’t believe for a second that a project such as this one didn’t have to be signed off by the White House, do you?
The ATF has repeatedly ignored Congressional requests for documentation of their operation. It has even come to the point where ATF leaders are being subpoenaed by Congressional committees.
And yet, they continue to flaunt their obvious contempt for the rule of law… unless it’s their “rules” and their distorted “laws”, of course.
Had enough yet?
I urge you to contact Speaker of the House John Boehner directly at
Office of the Speaker
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-0600
Fax: (202) 225-5117
and demand he hold ATF accountable for their actions.
Of course, this is just One Man’s View. YMMV, and we welcome your comments.]]>
I quote the Constitution of the United States:
Article IV, Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence [emphasis added].
I don’t believe anybody can deny the Federal Government has failed miserably in their obligation to protect the states from invasion (i.e., illegal immigration) and domestic violence (i.e., the kidnappings, murders and other violence associated with the drug cartels in and around the Arizona/Mexican border). Depending on your source, there are between 10-12 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States… perhaps even more. That represents approximately 3.25% of the nation’s total population. It is estimated that 1 in 7 (that’s 14.28% for the arithmetically challenged) AZ residents are there illegally. If that doesn’t qualify as an invasion, I don’t know what does.
It amazes me how, when the State of Arizona takes action to attempt to succeed where the Federal Government has repeatedly failed, by essentially mirroring Federal Law, so many in this country raise such a stink about what might happen. Does anybody really think the Arizona Dept. of Public Safety or local law enforcement is going to go out of their way to harass people just because they happen to be Hispanic? Approximately 30% of AZ’s population is of Hispanic origin. Do you really think they have time to go after all 1.8 million persons of Hispanic origin in the state?
Puhleeeze! To state that going after the perpetrators of these crimes is racial profiling is absurd. It’s an unfortunate fact that the majority drug running, kidnapping and illegal immigration happening in Arizona is done by Hispanics. It is what it is. I don’t recall ever hearing anybody claiming the Border Patrol’s patrolling the southern border looking for illegal immigrants (who are mostly Hispanic) is racial profiling, do you?
It is important to remember why the law was enacted: The Feds aren’t getting the job done. For Representative to Congress Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) to call for industries from manufacturing to tourism to boycott his own state is ludicrous… especially in these tough economic times. “There has to be an embarrassment sanction, that’s part of it,” said Grijalva. “And there as to be an economic sanction. That’s part of it.” Remember, this is from a guy who, as a representative to Congress, is partially responsible for the problem! The citizens of AZ should remember this idiot’s comments in November, and toss him out of office.
The new AZ law states:
20 B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT [emphasis added] MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY
21 OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS
22 STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS
23 UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE,
24 WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE
25 PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
26 PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).
34 J. THIS SECTION SHALL BE IMPLEMENTED IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH
35 FEDERAL LAWS REGULATING IMMIGRATION, PROTECTING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF ALL
36 PERSONS AND RESPECTING THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF UNITED STATES
It should be clear to any reasonable person that the intent of the AZ law is to conform to existing Federal Law, and to ensure nobody’s rights are violated. The political grandstanding of people like Senator Lindsey Graham is a joke. U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder’s statement that “the new law could be abused by authorities, and that the Justice Department and Homeland Security would be gearing up for an official review of the law to see how it measures up against the U.S. constitution” goes past absurdity into the realm of ridiculous. If DoJ and DHS would get off their fat asses and do their jobs, AZ wouldn’t have had to do what they did. Who gives a Tinker’s Damn about what could happen. A lot of things could happen: You could be hit by a truck today. I could be struck by lightning. I rest my case on that topic.
We need to give the citizens of the State of Arizona the benefit of the doubt, and let them see if they be successful where the Feds have failed.
Of course, this is just One Man’s View. Your comments are, as always, most welcome.]]>