Skip to comments.Looking back on 2011 and its biggest stories, Pt. I (gun rights)
Posted on 12/27/2011 7:19:06 AM PST by marktwain
Wolf management, a proposed open carry ban, an Idaho grizzly bear shooting, the on-going Seattle gun ban lawsuit, a Washington State Patrol gun reporting flap; they all paled in comparison to the biggest story covered by this column and other Gun Rights Examiners during 2011: Operation Fast and Furious.
What began as an investigation into the slaying of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in the Arizona desert in December 2010 has turned into a national scandal with plenty of local interest that many have compared to Richard Nixons Watergate. The murder was linked to a gun trafficking sting mounted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorneys office in Phoenix and the fallout has been massive. United States Attorney Dennis Burke abruptly resigned in August as the Justice Department announced a shakeup at the ATF. It was so bad that then-acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson was compelled to meet in secret on July 4 with congressional investigators, as this column revealed.
The scandal infuriated major gun rights organizations and gun owners across the nation. Many have theorized this operation was either deliberately mounted, or at least exploited, by the Obama administration to push more firearms into Mexico that could be traced to United States sources in an effort to bolster administration gun control endeavors. Allegations about lax gun laws and gun trafficking exploded in the administrations collective face as it now appears the government, not rogue gun dealers or the so-called gun show loophole, was responsible for putting thousands of guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
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