The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’s (ATF) troubles have been getting worse by the minute. We’ve heard a lot of outrage stateside due to the death of a border patrol agent but not much has been said about the death toll caused by Fast and Furious in Mexico. Well it seems a great deal of firepower ended up in one of the worst cartel’s hands:
Reporting from Washington— High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF’s Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars.
In all, 100 assault weapons acquired under Fast and Furious were transported 350 miles from Phoenix to El Paso, making that West Texas city a central hub for gun traffickers. Forty of the weapons made it across the border and into the arsenal of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, a feared cartel leader in Ciudad Juarez, according to federal court records and trace documents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
In the U.S., intelligence officials consider the Sinaloa cartel the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world. Weekly reports from U.S. intelligence authorities to the Justice Department in the summer of 2010, at the height of Fast and Furious, warned about the proliferation of guns reaching the Sinaloa cartel.
Arming one of the most powerful cartels in Mexico? That’s top notch work only a government could properly pull off. I’m sure those living in Mexico and in American cities on the American-Mexican border and pretty stoked about the fact the United States government has been slipping weapons to powerful criminal organizations. Perhaps the ATF was simply jealous of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) record of arming violent criminals and wanted in on the action.
If anybody from the ATF is reading this post please note that I’d be more than happy to take some firearms off of your hands. Unlike the current people you’ve been giving firearms to I have no history of violence and am an overall nice person (so other people say). Heck I’ve passed the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Criminal Instant Background Check System (NICS) many times. I believe I’d be a far better candidate to receive those firearms than those murdering thugs who’ve been specializing in terrorizing the poor unarmed citizens of Mexico.