Documents: ATF Used “Fast and Furious” to Make the Case for Gun Regulations.

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Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

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.

On Jan. 4, 2011, as ATF prepared a press conference to announce arrests in Fast and Furious, Newell saw it as “(A)nother time to address Multiple Sale on Long Guns issue.” And a day after the press conference, Chait emailed Newell: “Bill–well done yesterday… (I)n light of our request for Demand letter 3, this case could be a strong supporting factor if we can determine how many multiple sales of long guns occurred during the course of this case.”

Source: Sharyl Attkisson for CBS.

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  • Jman

    How desperate do they have to be? Doing crap like this and getting caught is just plain stupid! We are a country on edge and our government better take notice because look what happend when they tried to outlaw booze. It will be 100 times worse taking away or restricting someones right to protect themselves and their loved ones. I can’t speak for everyone but as soon as you see nato tanks with flags flown from another country rolling down our streets it would have been to late for civil war. Then again, if you keep trying this crap and regulate our rights even further then just maybe the millions, I mean millions of gun owners will band together and fight off all injustice. Just Saying….

  • D. Hodges

    Well I have said it before and i will say it again our government is corrupt. I have got to the point that if I want some type of restricted weapon I gonna have it and i don’t give adamn what Uncle Sam has to say.

  • EGS

    Makes me want to buy five rifles for spite.