Yesterday’s announcement that the anti-gun Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence was merging with Americans for Responsible Solutions, the organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly, would be good news if the groups would focus their attention on an Obama administration scandal that is still costing lives.
Fox News reported yesterday that one of three rifles used in an attack that killed three police officers in the Mexican community of Valle de Zaragoza last July 27 was traced to Operation Fast and Furious. That was the scheme hatched by agents and officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Phoenix that allowed some 2,000 guns to be “walked” into the hands of drug cartel criminals.
It came to a screeching halt in December 2010 after the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. A Fast and Furious gun was recovered at the scene of the gun battle that resulted in Terry’s death.
If the new combo gun control group, which now includes anti-gunners in the legal community, really wanted to do some good, they might pursue action against those responsible for the gun trafficking sting fiasco. According to USA Today, “As of January, according to the Justice Department letter, 885 firearms purchased by targets of the ATF operation have been recovered. Of that number, 415 were found in the U.S. and 470 ‘appear to have been recovered in Mexico.’”
That leaves maybe 1,000-1,200 guns involved in the operation still floating around out there somewhere. If Barack Obama is looking for a “legacy” as he winds down his presidency, many in the firearms community think this would be appropriate. The mayhem lingering from this operation could go on for years.
USA Today said the Giffords group and the Law Center hope to expand their activities. The story quoted Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center, who said, “our legal experts will have a much larger platform to help bring key policies like universal background checks to more states.”
But Jared Lee Loughner, the Tucson man who shot Giffords and several others, killing six, had passed a background check. That fact is rarely mentioned in stories about the Giffords shooting, same as it is rarely mentioned in stories about other notorious killers including Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard attacker, and Elliot Rodger, the Santa Barbara spree killer, along with Vester Lee Flanagan, who gunned down a Virginia news crew on live television last year.
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