CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson has been leading the charge in the old guard media where Operation Fast and Furious is concerned. She recently uncovered some documents that showed members of the federal government intneded to use the mayhem created in Mexico by the program they were running to enact gun control laws in America:
In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the “big fish.” But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called “gunwalking,” and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3”. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.
On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:
“Bill – can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.”
The idea that the federal government wanted to implement gun control measures based on the evidence that American guns were being used to commit crimes in Mexico has been posited by conservative bloggers, talk show hosts and politicians for a while, but this is the first time actual evidence of the intent has been produced.
It’s not hard to believe people above ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait had similar, if not grander, ideas.