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Project Gunwalker

As a novelist, if I were to write a thriller in which a federal law enforcement agency knowingly allowed and even encouraged thousands of American guns to cross the border to arm Mexican drug cartels, in an effort to pad their stats to push for more gun control laws, even though innocent Mexican citizens and a US Border Patrol agent were killed in the process, and afterward there would be a huge cover up that went all the way to the President…  I know some reviewers would say that my plot was silly, just some naive right-wing fantasy.

Yeah… You got me there.  Surely no federal agency would be that stupid. Surely nobody in Washington would arm brutal drug cartels just to push their own politics.

Nope.  That’s crazy talk.

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/a-journalist-s-guide-to-project-gunwalker

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/a-journalist-s-guide-to-project-gunwalker-part-two

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/a-journalist-s-guide-to-project-gunwalker-part-three

If you’ve not heard about this, that’s understandable, because even though it is bigger than Watergate, it has been getting zilch coverage outside of a few media outlets. Basically, the BATF knowingly allowed criminals to purchase guns in the US to transport over the border to arm Mexican drug cartels. Not one gun. Not a dozen guns. Thousands of guns.

And this is all occurring while gun dealers were calling up the BATF and saying “I got this guy here buying up all of our AR-15s, and he’s really shady, and we think he’s up to no good.” And the BATF responding with “Oh, it’s cool. We know all about him. Let the sale go through.” And then afterwards the BATF tries to hang these dealers for knowingly supplying weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

As a former gun dealer, let me assure you, when your ATF agent tells you to do something, you do it. Period. I had a good relationship with my inspector. I liked her. That said, I also knew that she had the authority to ruin my business with the stroke of a pen. Any actual wrongdoing or malfeasance on the dealer’s part is not necessary to shut you down.  So if the ATF tells you to let the suspicious guy buy the crate of AKs, you do it.

When this came to light, (when people started getting killed with these guns) the BATF said that it was all part of some big investigation/sting they were running to track the flow of guns. Only they never actually tracked the guns. Guns got sold. Guns got taken across the border. Done.  

Gee whiz, why would the BATF do something like that? Could it have anything to do with our Attorney General constantly talking about how the vast majority of crime guns in Mexico come from America, so all of their epic drug cartel warfare that is literally destroying the country, is somehow our fault, and thus we need to pass more gun laws?  Maybe. Especially when it turns out that the AG’s stats were totally bogus.

Yes. For my non-gunnie readers, those stats you still hear on the news are completely fabricated. The thing about 90% of Mexican crime guns coming from us? BS. And while they’re reporting this, they are usually showing video of stacks of brand new M4s, M203s, and 240Bs. Yes, those are built in America… and sold to the Mexican Army. Just a hint for you non-gun folks, you can’t buy those at your local gun show.

Let’s break this down. The drug cartels literally run Mexico. They are fighting over billions and billions of dollars. They are more powerful than the Mexican government. They engage in open warfare in the streets. It is not uncommon for them to slaughter each other and stack twenty plus severed heads in neat pyramids as a warning to their competitors. (I’ve worked with ICE and Border Patrol and I’ve seen pictures that would blow your mind) More people die violently in Mexico than in Afghanistan. The cartels buy military units. They kill politicians and judges. They have private jets. They have rocket launchers, surface to air missiles, and armored personnel carriers. The drug cartels have submarines.  

So do you really think that Fred’s Sporting Goods of South Texas is the root cause of Mexico’s drug fueled violence?  Friggin’ dur. Of course not. Trying to blame that on US gun owners is a desperate, stupid, ignorant attempt at scoring some political points to push their idiotic and demographically defeated agenda. Fingers crossed, Mexican crime guns were to be their next Columbine.

So along comes Project Gunwalker. Let’s pad some stats! Pass some laws! Budget increases for everyone!

And they would’ve gotten away with it too, until US citizens started getting murdered by guns that dealers never would’ve sold if they hadn’t been ordered to by the BATF.

Since this has come to light, the cockroaches have scurried for the shadows. Laws have been broken. Congressional hearings are being held, and the AG is stonewalling and lying.  At first we were supposed to believe that this was just limited to Arizona. Nope. It is much bigger. Just this week it came out that the Florida office was doing the same thing with Honduras. Honduras! Now other agencies were involved and their heads are all saying that they were answering to somebody else.

How high does this go? Well, it sure isn’t looking pretty for the President. This is bigger than Watergate. A crime was committed in Nixon’s administration and he tried to cover it up.  The same thing is happening here. But at least in Watergate, nobody got killed.

So where’s the outrage? Where’s the 24/7 media coverage about this travesty of justice?  Oh, I forgot, Nixon was a Republican.

Even if you are a huge supporter of gun control (and I really don’t know why you are reading this blog if you are) innocent people have been killed and our Justice Department is complicit in it. If you aren’t angry then there is something wrong with you.

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Dillis
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Dillis
5 years 4 months ago

I’m glad that you are blogging about this. This will definitely help get the word out.

Heidi
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5 years 4 months ago

I don’t have the background or savvy to research this information to find out if/to what extent it’s true, but you believe it is, and it’s awesome that you have the guts to say it so boldly.

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whatever
5 years 4 months ago

Codrea has done it for you. Read the links. It’s not rocket surgery.

Janir
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5 years 4 months ago

Me too! I’ve been trying to spread the word around knowing the MFM won’t say boo about Gunwalker.

Robert
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5 years 4 months ago

It’s worse than Watergate, and you know why? Because NO ONE DIED AT THE WATERGATE HOTEL!

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Mike
5 years 4 months ago
Comrade, your counter-revolutionary comments must be deleted and you must report yourself to the nearest re-education center immediately. It is well known that the masses possess False Consciousness, so they cling to outdated notions such as “liberty”, “God-given rights”, and “constitutionality”. Therefore, the masses cannot be allowed to own weapons. Until they adhere to Party Doctrine and follow the revolutionary path laid down by the Vanguard of the Proletariat, then the massess cannot be trusted with guns. Of course, once the Dictatorship of the Proletariat has been fully established, then the means of production will belong to the People, there… Read more »
RG
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RG
5 years 4 months ago

If Communists/socialists really talk like that, it’s no wonder I don’t take them seriously.

Alex
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Alex
5 years 4 months ago

That is excellent. Well written.

Doug Jeffreys
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Doug Jeffreys
5 years 4 months ago

The frustrating part is that although Obama and his administration absolutely will fall in the next election, that’s where it will end. When in fact They should all be charged, tried and convicted of treason and spend the rest of their lives in a Federal Prison!

hecate
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5 years 4 months ago

Federal prison? Mexico’s calling for extradition. Let ’em spend a few decades in a Mexican prison.

Speakertweaker
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5 years 4 months ago

Hecate, that would be physically impossible. Not a one of them would last decades in a Mexican prison.

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richard mcenroe
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5 years 4 months ago

There is no ‘absolutely’ in the next election. These people are determined to hang onto power because their only goal is to loot the corpse of this country. Everyone of us who is not working for a candidate to get a Democrat SOMEWHERE out of office is just another nail in America’s coffin. Don’t post, organize!

Dave
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Dave
5 years 4 months ago

It’s good to know about this disgrace and to spread the word but its even more important to take action. Call your rep in congress and demand action! Tell them to get on Rep Issa to get this done.

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5 years 4 months ago
I’ve been following this since congress started investigating and it’s a mess. cnsnews.com has been giving a lot of coverage and blogs like thetruthaboutguns.com have been scouring the web for info related to it. I hope that it falls on the shoulders of those responsible. They’ve already tried to pin it on a fall-guy twice. More than Eric Holder is lying, the White House won’t even answer questions related to it, and BATFE is trying to blame it on the FBI and as many other federal organizations as possible. This lack of accountability is so very responsible. In my opinion… Read more »
Patrick Richardson
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5 years 4 months ago

It gets better, at least one ATF Agent thinks Melson is just covering his own butt: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/gunwalker-whistleblower-atf-director-horribly-irresponsible/

Not only that but congress bloody well knew about the program and Obama signed funding for it into law in 2009:
http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/07/07/someone-in-congress-knew-about-gunrunner-and-obama-signed-funding-for-it-into-law/

Free-range Oyster
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Free-range Oyster
5 years 4 months ago

Regarding the funding, Bob Owens pointed out that Gunrunner != Fast & Furious. http://confederateyankee.mu.nu/archives/318531.php Don’t let them confound the issue!

Christof
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5 years 4 months ago
It is amazing to me how little media is covering this. among the very, very few news items you’ll find from mainstream sources doing a basic search on google news is: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20070896-10391695.html It is disturbing to me that this is coming down hard on party lines in Congress. To me, it is seeming that the Executive branch under the current …leader is attempting to circumscribe and reduce the balancing powers of other branches and levels (states) of government. This is beyond massive lincoln/roosevelt federalism. I would like to point out that the MSM as it is now is a different… Read more »
Rob Crawford
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Rob Crawford
5 years 4 months ago

The FCC and media ownership has nothing to do with this not being covered. If it were a Republican president, it would be covered.

Heck, Bush couldn’t even have legitimate military operations without the press publishing it everywhere, and the same reporters NOT reporting this made up the entire case against Scooter Libby while not reporting who actually told them.

Christof
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5 years 4 months ago
I think that the reason “if it were a Republican” would matter is because the rules and ownerships *have* changed. You seem to be saying that if this were the early 70s, it would be covered up, deliberately, by the media. A media that, at the time, was more independent, with reporters having more freedom to really tear into stories and investigative projects. I’m not claiming, at all, that the current media situation is in any way not a badness thing. – but I’m contrasting the media of the time of Larry’s original Nixon side remark with current MSM. And… Read more »
Christof
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5 years 4 months ago
well, here’s a modifiable letter for yall: what I wrote to Reid and Heller’s offices. Dear Senator I’m a resident out here in rural Nevada, and a veteran. I’m very concerned with the information coming out about the GunWalker events. There is much we don’t know, but we can state that selling firearms so that they could be used in crimes as a means of intelligence gathering is very disturbing. The agencies involved appeared to be *counting* on innocent deaths or the commission of homicidal crimes. Please think that through. CBS News is further reporting: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20070896-10391695.html that the Executive branch… Read more »
James
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James
5 years 4 months ago

Nicely done, sir!

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Doug Jeffreys
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Doug Jeffreys
5 years 4 months ago

Thank you Mr. Harper. I believe I will be sending a version of that letter to my representatives.

Christof
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5 years 4 months ago

more is better! I’ll be emailing at the state level with questions about how this relates to our State’s position, and what level of oversight and command authority the ATF should have in reference to forcing dealers to sell firearms.

mattmayner
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5 years 4 months ago

I’m shocked I tell you that an AG would do something like this to further his agenda. No wait. I’m not.

James
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James
5 years 4 months ago

Mr. Correia, thank you for writing about this. I suspect I’m not the only one who asked you to do so, and your post has more than met my expectations. Thank you for being an advocate.

I’d like to urge everyone to send a letter similar to Mr. Harper’s to your representatives.

You can go to http://www.house.gov/ and enter your ZIP code in the upper right corner to get an email link to your Congressman, and at http://www.senate.gov/ there’s a pull down in the upper right corner to get a web contact form for your Senators.

Speakertweaker
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5 years 4 months ago

You know, it was reported throughout the gun blogosphere not long after Giffords’ shooting that The Enlightened one was looking at some gun law stuff “under the radar.”

Under the radar.

Let that one sink in for a bit. Wasn’t Project Gunwalker supposed to be under the radar?

tweaker

mamapajamas
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5 years 4 months ago

I remember that, too, ST. I’ve been wondering just what it was that Dear Leader was talking about at the time.

Could it have been Gunwalker/Fast and Furious? Inquiring minds want to know!

Larry
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5 years 4 months ago

On a related note, you can get the Gunwalker T shirts here:
http://ncguns.blogspot.com/2011/07/who-wants-gunwalker-t-shirt.html

Larry
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5 years 4 months ago

Added note, free shirts will go to David Codrea, Mike Vanderboegh and Rep. Issa if there are enough sold.

BrianC
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5 years 4 months ago

It’s good you’re covering this with a more diverse readership than the gun blogs. It’s rant and rave time over there, but it is preaching to the choir. We’ve been ranting since the 90% stats came out. Who knew it would turn into this?

Unistat76
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Unistat76
5 years 4 months ago

I would like to say something. Every time the facts of this horrible debacle are recited, we should include this name:

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

He was brave, dedicated, and honorable. Everything the bureaucrats that came up with this nightmare “sting” operation are not. It was his death that caused the initial BATFE agent to report this fiasco. His parents should be invited to testify in the hearings so everyone can hear the awful cost of “Operation Fast and Furious.”

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Alex
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Alex
5 years 4 months ago

He.

As it happens I am in favor of harsher gun control laws (though this possibly just comes from being a Brit, with a mandatory five year sentence for unlicensed possession).

Sorry – but guns make killing just a little too easy for me to be comfortable with.

Hard to know what the wankers were thinking. My prayers are with the families.

SirBrass
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SirBrass
5 years 4 months ago

Exactly, guns make killing criminals who are already well armed a little easier to defend oneself and one’s family. Because, you know, criminals don’t give a rat’s behind about the laws, though us law-abiding citizens (who are not criminals), do.

Kristopher
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Kristopher
5 years 4 months ago

How has all that victim disarmament crap helped with your country’s violence rate, Alex?

Oh yes … Britain is the most violent country in Europe. A place where honest citizens go to jail for owning a pistol, and criminals who get hurt while assaulting honest people can file police complaints against their victims.

What country has the lowest violent crime rate? Oh yes, it’s Switzerland, that place where everyone keeps a fully automatic assault rifle at home, and where schoolchildren compete on shooting teams.

Alex
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Alex
5 years 4 months ago
Quite well thank you, at least as far as the intentional murder rate is concerned http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate Incidentally a source for the violent crime rate figures http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1196941/The-violent-country-Europe-Britain-worse-South-Africa-U-S.html I direct your attention to paragraph 18 (the one by the top of the slightly smug looking photo of Alan Johnson), r.e the definition that U.K. law enforcement uses for violent crime. Note a paragraph below the number of murders recorded for 2007 : 921. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/homicide/homtrnd.cfm In 2005 there were around 11,000 (presumably) unjustifiable homicides, using all types of guns (mostly handguns at 8,000). The US population is… Read more »
Jake
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5 years 4 months ago
Alex said: given the choice I would take a knife over a gun any day (faced with the prospect of being brutally stabbed I’m pretty sure I could outrun almost anyone, short of a professional athlete So what about those of us who couldn’t? What about someone like Kurt Hoffman? What about my dad, who can’t run very far or fast (if at all)? If you want to take your chances that you can run faster and farther than the thug or group of thugs that want to hurt you, you are free to do so. Just don’t force everyone… Read more »
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Geodkyt
5 years 4 months ago
Alex — The US violent crime rate was higher than the UK’s, even when the gun laws in the UK were looser than in the US. (Shocking, but true. Yes, at one point, British gun laws were LOOSER than US law, on average.) Likewise, when US and UK gun laws were equal, i.e., nonexistant. US violence rates for individual communities were higher than equivalent communities in Canada, when Canada had looser gun laws than the US. (Same basic demographics, population size, income distribution, etc. — often we’re talking about continguous communities where, pre-9/11, it was, “Walk across the street, and… Read more »
Doc Merlin
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Doc Merlin
5 years 4 months ago

Its even worse than you say, some of those criminals were using FBI money.

Garaballo
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Garaballo
5 years 4 months ago
Larry, just a FYI, while there are many, many weapons the frakkers get from the cops/military, those are nothing compared to the kind of firepower they get from places further down south, they get RPG’s from Venezuela, 40mms from Guatemala and M249s from Colombia and other HE weapons from South Korea, most of the time, supplied by the same drug lords that pass along the dope, if they have freaking drug submarines ain’t it tough to think they may also get firearms submarines? Otherwise, if it was a fubar situation, you would see the cartels running around with MK19s, G3s,… Read more »
Christof
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5 years 4 months ago
I think people tend to oversimplify their view. Like this: The cartels are well managed organizations with employees, unified heirarchies, and benefits. This just isn’t the way it seems to work. Granted – I’m basing my view on other organizations of similar type. To be sure, core jefa A is getting RPGs, APCs and suchlike from here and there- and plenty of US military weaponry. But “street jefe B” on the border paying up the chain for the right to move mules and control immigration isn’t getting that. It’s sink or swim on his own, so he’s walking guns across… Read more »
Alex
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Alex
5 years 4 months ago

@Jake Might I suggest a less lethal alternative

http://gizmodo.com/5820184/7-tools-to-show-muggers-whos-boss-that-would-be-you/gallery/5

Guns are designed for one purpose. Killing. It’s hard really to think of any other tools designed to cause only death which are legal anywhere. There are better alternatives for self defense, ones which are less likely to lead to a death on either side

Jake
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5 years 4 months ago

@Alex: My response got just a bit long, so I’ve posted it at my blog rather than hijacking the comments here. We are getting a little off topic, anyway.

Christof
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5 years 4 months ago
I will comment here, and on Jake’s blog. I live in rural nevada. I’m a bit of a gun nut (and I make knives, I can tell you that there’s some stuff out there you wouldn’t want to face!) But let’s look at what I carry, what’s readily accessible, and why. First up is the .44 special revolver. Loaded with 1 snake shot and 4 flat points. Then there’s a 20ga slug bore with bukshot, and after that an assortment of others. But the first two are key here. What am I walking around armed for? Well, 80% is coyotes.… Read more »
Geodkyt
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Geodkyt
5 years 4 months ago
Alex — With the exception of the tire thumper and flashlight, ALL of those tools require more skill to use adequately against an UNARMED aggressor than a simple handgun. (Yes, even the Kubaton and “Tactical Pen”.) The tire thumper requires strength, so Granny is SOL when 275 lbs “Littleboy” decides he wants her pension check. The tire thumper is harder to carry unobtrusively than a simple handgun. The flahslight is harder to carry ready for use than a simple handgun. The Taser, handheld stun gun, and pepper spray are both harder to carry unobtrusively, they are also harder to carry… Read more »
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joe
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joe
5 years 4 months ago

http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/07/14/navarrette.guns.border/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Try this very special article from CNN. I’m sure this one will make even more sense.

Christof
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5 years 4 months ago
Hey, larry. I did get a response from Senator Reid, but not yet from Senator Heller. “Dear Mr. Harper: Thank you for contacting me in regards to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). I appreciate hearing from you. As you mentioned in your letter, in 2005 the ATF launched the pilot project “Project Gunrunner” in Laredo, TX, to help combat firearms trafficking from the United States to Mexico. In 2006, ATF expanded this program to assist their broader Southwest Border Initiative, which aimed to reduce drug and firearms trafficking and the widespread violence associated with organized crime… Read more »
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