"Can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same FfL and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks Mark R. Chait Assistant Director Field Operations."
The ATF went statistic-shopping in support of a proposed rule to limit the freedoms of firearm owners and dealers. Operation Fast and Furious was an effort to create a law enforcement problem so that government could expand its enforcement operations without actual organic crimes to fight. This involved the government deliberately seeding areas near the US border with firearms that they intended to track after sales. These straw man deals went bad when the USG promptly failed to track their inventory of 1,700 firearms. Losing just one would get a 2nd LT tossed from the USMC.
The government weapons began turning up at murder scenes that resulted from gunplay between rival international narcotics gangs. Allegedly, at least two USBP agents and 150 Mexican Citizens have turned up dead after being drive-by body-pierced by Operation Fast and Furious firearms. In fairness, even some ATF agents have become angry that .50 caliber Barrett Rifles have been sold into Mexico and lost by USG employees and have gone to the media with accounts of it all.
The government is attempting to restrict 2nd Amendment Rights using artificially generated data. It’s the law enforcement agency version of the infamous Hockey Stick Curve. Based on the fake but accurate data, gleaned from losing .50 caliber sniper rifles in drug-infested border towns, the DoJ has authored a letter. This missive regrettably failed to include any resignations by its senior staff.
“The international expansion and increased violence of transnational criminal networks pose a significant threat to the United States. Federal, state and foreign law enforcement agencies have determined that certain types of semi-automatic rifles – greater than .22 caliber and with the ability to accept a detachable magazine – are highly sought after by dangerous drug trafficking organizations and frequently recovered at violent crime scenes near the Southwest Border.....These targeted information requests will occur in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas to help confront the problem of illegal gun trafficking into Mexico and along the Southwest Border.”
God bless Amerika! If I look at that document closely enough, I detect the faint watermark of a “Mission Accomplished” Banner. The DoJ has officially declared victory in Operation Fast and Furious. Now everyone’s $100 bills will come encrusted with several ppm less cocaine residue! I love it when my tax dollars are so hard at work.
In order to make things run as smoothly as possible, the DoJ has worked to clear up ambiguities before people testify in Congressional hearings. They've worked out those ambiguities by leaking classified documents to witnesses prior to these people being questioned. Senator Grassley and Congressman Issa have sent the DoJ a letter. It explains to America's leading law enforcement agency why witness-tampering is a bad thing.
We have recently learned that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF) has afforded potential witnesses for the Committees’ investigation into Operation Fast and Furious access to a shared drive on its computer system replete with pertinent investigative documents, including official ATF emails.....Allowing witnesses access to such documents could taint their testimony by allowing them to tailor their responses to what they think the Committees already know. Additionally, witnesses who gain access to documents they have not previously seen could alter their recollection of events.
We give the government our tax monies to help prevent crime. They use it pursue political vendettas against gun owners based on fantasy data. Then, when forced to give an accounting of this, they witness-tamper. Department of "Just-Us" indeed!
People know that any sort of a government shutdown resulting from a failure to raise the debt ceiling would hurt quite badly. They know just kicking it up a couple of trillion more will allow the USG to keep on doing exactly what it is currently doing. The 53% of the people who follow this stuff, and know they’ll get hammered by a government shutdown, want that shutdown explicitly because of what the government is doing.
I’ll speculate here, but without much fear of being wrong. Using the debt ceiling to shut our government down is a last and desperate way for an exploited and badly misgoverned populace to make the whole nightmare stop. The people in charge had better change things fast. The ones who pay the bills and make it all work are growing increasingly furious.