American guns are helping Mexican drug cartels kill Mexicans , this is the worst part of the Failing War on Drugs that America has exported to Mexico.
Faster , you should be Furious. American Tax dollars , gun smuggling and Mexican Cartels . To the right, the story has been an election-year blessing, a roiling melange of: (1) gun righteousness; (2) antipathy toward Holder, and; (3) fear and loathing of Mexico and Mexicans. Fast and Furious was begun in 2009, under the Obama administration. This program allowed the firearms to go across the border without any surveillance whatsoever. Law enforcement did not re-establish any tracking of these weapons until they were found at murder scenes. The Bush era program only lost track of a handful of firearms when it was shut down, but Fast and Furious provided 1700 high powered firearms to Mexican drug cartels. You could say that the program was WORSE THAN BUSH. (You could say that about a lot of things with this administration.) Here is how it all began :
Two years ago, Mexican President Calderon told a Joint Session of Congress that the drug cartels in his country were exploiting weak American gun laws to amass their arsenals; indeed, he said the escalation of Mexican drug violence "coincides with the lifting of the assault weapons ban in 2004." President Calderon told the Congress of his understanding that the purpose of the Second Amendment "is to guarantee good American citizens the ability to defend themselves and their Nation." "But believe me," he added, "many of these guns are not going to honest American hands."Since his address, it has become even clearer that Mexican crime guns are originating in American gun shops. Last month, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released its most recent data showing that, in the last five years, more than 68,000 crime guns were recovered in Mexico and traced back to the United States. The guns that "walked" across the border under the "Fast and Furious" operation constitute less than 3% of those guns. Where is Speaker Boehner's concern about the other 97%?
On this weekend’s broadcast of the syndicated public affairs program “Inside Washington,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer took on his co-panelists, NPR’s Nina Totenberg and fellow Washington Post columnist Colby King.
Both Totenberg and King, who happen to be liberal detractors of House oversight Chairman Darrell Issa’s investigation into Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department’s handling of the Fast and Furious scandal, suggested that the whole situation was nothing more than an effort by an ambitious Issa to go fishing for dirt on the Obama administration. On Friday’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, panelists debated the relevance of the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal and the competence of Attorney General Eric Holder.Maher assumed much of his audience was unaware of the details about the scandal, so he gave them a refresher before unloading his own opinion.“[House oversight committee Chairman] Darrell Issa says this is a giant scandal,” Maher said. “I’ve heard on Fox News this week it’s worse than Watergate because 200 Mexicans have died. First of all, let me just say Republicans don’t care about dead Mexicans, A. And B — I think those 200 dead Mexicans would be dead even if we hadn’t sold them guns. They would have gotten the guns somewhere else. So is it really a scandal?”
On his radio show yesterday, Schultz finally caught up with the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal that's been brewing for 18 months since the murder of border agent Brian Terry.The flood of tens of thousands of weapons underscores complaints from Mexico that the U.S. is responsible for arming the drug cartels plaguing its southern neighbor. Six years of violence between warring cartels have killed more than 47,000 people in Mexico.