I realize Wisconsin and the ME are on the front page, but I don't recall any thread about gun control recently. I may have missed it, but this was sent to me the 2nd time, so thought it worthy of discussion and comment.
The ATF has a very political agenda in mind, and that is to take away your gun rights---even if it means allowing gun sales to criminals so they can present "evidence" to the administration that the Second Amendment should be restricted or abolished!
On December 14, 2010, Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian Terry was shot as he tried to capture heavily armed "bandits" targeting illegal immigrants trying to get across the border near Rio Rico, Arizona. He died the next morning.
It was a tragic incident that occurs frequently on our southern border, made all the more tragic because THE SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE THAT WAS USED TO KILL AGENT TERRY WAS BOUGHT BY A CRIMINAL AND SMUGGLED INTO MEXICO UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS (ATF).
"The gun used to kill Agent Brian Terry has been sourced, not to Mexico, but to a gun store in Phoenix that was actually part---and cooperating---with a federal investigation into arms trafficking. However, U.S. agents did not stop the sale or the transfer of that gun to the cartels that killed Terry." - William Lajeunesse, Fox News broadcast (February 22, 2011).
Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) is now demanding answers on ATF's "Project Gunrunner." Hundreds of guns were allowed to be purchased along the border by alleged straw buyers, while ATF conducted its investigation and DID NOTHING. The ATF looked the other way while these guns slipped into Mexico into the hands of drug cartels, and then they blamed gun laws in the United States for the transactions.
Anti-gun activists, led by the Obama administration, are doing all they can to make the connection between law-abiding citizens and deranged criminals---even standing by while known drug dealers purchase guns on our soil and take them back to Mexico... and then use them to take the lives of our brave border agents!
The ATF is under threat of a 13% budget cut. They claim cuts will hurt their efforts to prevent firearms trafficking on the Mexican border---but the death of Agent Terry exposed how corrupt and inadequate this initiative has been.
What lengths will the ATF go to in order to keep their funding?
James Cavanaugh, a retired ATF official says losing 13% of their budget "would really handicap the ATF. It's a small agency and it's a lean machine. With ATF, it would be an amputation."
ATF's own agents say that sometime in late 2009 or early 2010, the Phoenix office of ATF began to implement a policy of "walking" semi-automatic rifles south of the border. One agent says, "The agency was not only looking the other way but actually facilitating trafficking, threatening and punishing agents who voiced objections, covering up trace information, the truth about the gun that killed BPA Terry, what I.C.E. knew, it goes on and on."
The accusations against ATF and DOJ officials include:
1. They intentionally allowed perhaps as many as 3,000 firearms to "walk" across the U.S. border into Mexico.
2. They instructed U.S. gun dealers to proceed with questionable and illegal sales of firearms to suspected gunrunners.
3. They intentionally withheld information about U.S.-sanctioned gun smuggling from the Mexican government.
4. One of the guns ATF allowed or helped to be smuggled into Mexico was involved in the death of CBP Agent Brian Terry.
For two years, we've been hearing from Holder and others in the Obama administration about a so-called 'iron pipeline' of American guns across the border, and federal officials have been working to strip you of your rights.
Wouldn't it be ironic to learn that while the Obama administration was blaming our gun rights for the drug war violence in Mexico, its own gun sting operation was a major source of illicit firearms?
Obama nominated anti-gun zealot Andrew Traver to head up the ATF prior to Congressional recess last year, and reappointed him in the 112th Congress---but the Senate Judiciary Committee has yet to hold hearings. Rumors are that this Gunrunner issue is causing problems, because the ATF doesn't want questions about this case to come up.
What does the ATF not want us to know?
This is a cover-up at the highest levels of our government. To make matters worse, Homeland "Security" has ordered the Border Patrol agents to use Bean Bag Guns first prior to resorting to using firearms. The nine armed Mexicans (against two agents) had AK-47's, the same gun used by the Viet Cong in Vietnam. As it's been said many times since the Border Patrol agent's killing....an AK-47 firearm beats a bean bag gun everytime! Janet Napolitano should be fired! The killed agent fired his bean bag gun. The Mexicans fired their AK-47's.
If you believe in the right to own a gun, please forward this to everyone on your mailing list. There is just too much corruption in government and various bureaucracies, but Homeland Security has proven it's worthless policies again.