Wow, this massive turd sandwich is all over the news for the BATFE to all take a bite on...
Condensed version of the story..somebody in the BATFE thought it would be a good idea to let some guns be bought up here illegally and then make it to Mexico to see where they ended up...kind of like getting a barium enema to see what's not working...whether its good news or bad news you are still taking it in the ass...Customs Agent Brian Terry was killed by one of these guns..some heads are going to roll.
Given, on some level this is a sound intelligence gathering method in some cases. Like letting some counterfeit bills circulate so you can trace how they are being moved and used...but AK rifles? Come on..those things should have been seized as soon as they were moved across the border. Putting one gun in the hands of the bad hombres down there is inexcusable...but THOUSANDS?!?!?. What type of intel do you get from that? Cartel bad guys shoot people? It would be like as a cop going to some gang banger on the East side here and laying a pistol in front him when he's standing in front of a liquor store...you are already 99% sure of the outcome..but lets be sure, right?
The one guy that they talk about in the story was part of a string of purchases allowed by the BATFE that accounted in 575 AK sales, most paid for in cash...what the hell was he thinking? Did he actually think that he was buying all of this stuff for "personal use" and nobody was noticing?...but then again, I like my criminals nice and stupid like that. I am tossed up about how I feel about the shop owners...apparently they notified the BATFE about the sales but were told to allow them...I wonder if I was put in that spot if I might not "just say no" instead of going through with it for my consciences sake.
What I still don't get with all this Mexican guns stuff is why are they coming here to get them? If Mexico is indeed as corrupt as everyone says why don't they just traffic them up from the South from countries like Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama...all of those countries have got to have massive amounts of surplus weapons from the past 30 years of strife down there just waiting for a buyer...and most of them would be the good ol' "authentic" style with rock-n-roll on the selector instead of just semi.
I guess when the Mexican El Presidente was here to get his official apology from our El Presidente and got to say his 2 pesos to Congress about how bad and evil American guns in his country were, he was on the right track..only it was our own government and not citizens helping to facilitate it in this case.
2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)