Darrell Issa’s Fast and Frivolous - Page 2
Perhaps hundreds of thousands of guns may have been purchased in the United States and smuggled into Mexico. The Mayors identified 19,000 from three years of records. In the years prior to that, ATF was prevented by Congress from revealing the numbers. In 2011, US Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer told Congress that of 94,000 guns recovered from Mexican cartels, 70% – some 64,000 – came from the US.
The problem is so bad that Congress budgets the ATF $37.5 million annually to stop it. The other option, of course would be to say “guns don’t kill people” and do nothing.
There is no evidence that a bait gun was used to kill Agent Brian Terry. Guns from the bait gun program were found at the scene and could have been used. But anyone who says bait guns were used to kill the agent is lying. If we’re speculating, one could just as easily speculate that these guns were on their way to Mexico. As planned.
Even if one of these guns was used in the shootout, the importance of that is largely symbolic. Darrell Issa has made the claim that without bait guns drug dealers would not have had access to this sort of “high quality” weapon. But drug dealers have unlimited money and unlimited access to any weapon for sale to American straw buyers, including every kind of military-style weapon. The most popular guns are new AR-15 and AK-47 spec. weapons. You can find either one in any gun store in any of the Border States.
The House Oversight Committee isn’t investigating Agent Brian Terry’s death
Despite frequently invoking the slain agent’s name when the cameras are rolling, Issa and the House Republicans are not investigating the death of Brian Terry. No recent activities of the committee have focused on this event.Continued on the next page