Well, the other shoe has dropped. We've known for several months that the Obama administration was turning a blind eye to — and even encouraged — suspected gun smugglers who were purchasing firearms from gun stores in the southwest.
But now we know the rest of the story: Your tax money was probably being used to buy many of those guns that were later sent to Mexico.
That's what two congressional leaders recently wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, and it represents the latest revelation in the growing "Fast and Furious" scandal that was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF).
Fast and Furious was a program that was born in 2009, allegedly to help track gun smugglers back to the Mexican drug cartels. But the reality is that few, if any, of these top-level leaders have been busted, while the smuggled guns have been funneled into the hands of drug gangs all along the border, resulting in hundreds of deaths (and the murders of two U.S. law-enforcement agents). '
And, not only were your hard-earned dollars being used to purchase these guns, the main gun smugglers that ATF was investigating "were already known to other agencies and may even have been paid as informants," congressional leaders said in their letter to Holder.
According to sources inside the Justice Department, the ATF spent millions of dollars tracking a chief gun smuggler — known as "Mr. Big" — before discovering that he was in fact on the feds' payroll (funded, again, by your tax dollars).
But why? That's the recurring question. Why would the Obama administration — that is filled with anti-gun cronies — knowingly approve the sales of firearms to bad guys? Why would they knowingly put thousands of guns "into the wrong hands," when they've spent years advocating gun control laws to supposedly get guns "out of the wrong hands."
Given that the ATF refused to work with Mexican authorities (when it came to tracking these guns) and frequently lost track of the firearms after they moved south of the border, it does not seem that bringing down drug kingpins was the real goal of Fast and Furious.
The better explanation is that the Obama administration was using the influx of guns into Mexico — and the resulting violence — to clamor for more gun control here at home.
As stated by one press report this past April, "The Obama administration, according to ATF agents who blew the whistle on the illegal plot, intended to use statistics concerning U.S. guns in Mexico to call for more stringent gun control."
That is outrageous, and it means that the top cop at the Justice Department, Eric Holder, needs to go.
Fast and Furious occurred under his watch. And we know that information about departmental corruption went right up to his office suite.
Eric Holder was either deeply involved or grossly negligent about this horrendous scandal that has left hundreds of people dead.
Holder must resign.
Erich Pratt is the director of communications for Gun Owners of America, a national gun lobby with over 300,000 members.