It’s always humorous to hear our government talk about responsible gun ownership and keeping firearms out of the hands of bad guys. After all, this is the same government that is the largest arms dealer on the planet, and who frequently sells weapons to oppressive regimes. And let’s not forget the ATF, an organization that is supposed to be responsible for keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, but instead was caught selling guns to drug cartels during operation Fast and Furious.
Ostensibly, Fast and Furious was supposed to help combat Mexican drug cartels by allowing legal gun dealers to sell weapons to the cartels. By tracking those weapons, the authorities could map the trafficking networks of the cartels and use that information to make arrests. Instead, no useful intel was gained, few arrests were made, and thousands of weapons were attained by these criminals. Over 200 Mexicans (that we know of) and one border patrol agent have been killed by these guns, which continue to pop up in crime scenes from time to time.
Of course, Fast and Furious didn’t just walk a bunch of firearms into the hands of drug dealers. It put those weapons on the black market, which means that they could end up anywhere. And according to Judicial Watch, one of those guns may have been used by one of the terrorists involved in the Paris terror attacks.
A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.
The investigative follow up of the Paris weapon consisted of tracking a paper trail using a 4473 form, which documents a gun’s ownership history by, among other things, using serial numbers. The Phoenix gun owner that the weapon was traced back to was found to have at least two federal firearms violations—for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic—but no enforcement or prosecutorial action was taken against the individual. Instead, ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the gun owner’s identity was “kept quiet,” according to law enforcement sources involved with the case. “Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public,” a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch.
As you might expect, the ATF is denying claims that any of the firearms bought during the Fast and Furious operation were used in the Paris terror attacks. However, the way this unnamed gun sellers was treated, reeks of the same details found in the Fast and Furious scandal. Once again, the government proves to be a far greater threat to our safety than the gun owning public.
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