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When Is A Gun Store NOT A Gun Store?

GUN STORE

NOT the Glendale store!

Of course, there’s that store in Glendale, Arizona, (in)famous for allowing straw purchasers to buy quantities of guns for them to smuggle South-of-the-Border, at the behest of the federal government.

The end-recipients were cartels, who used them to murder their own people, and some Americans, and more recently (it’s been reported) some Europeans.

I’ve heard tales of stores who sell to private citizens, pretending they don’t know they are selling to straw buyers, who ultimately sell to unknown folks this side of the border.  As little attention is paid to smuggling into Mexico, it’s possible sales are to individuals (including Mexican police officers) who are simply flaunting U.S. and Mexican gun laws to try to protect themselves from the cartels!  And, being the capitalists they are, the gun dealers are looking the other way, knowing if they don’t do the sale, the store up the street will!

When outlining this post, another example came to my memory.  Not far from the now-defunct Royal Bookstore (as recounted in these pages), a small gun shop appeared.  The ubiquitous U-shaped glass display case, containing perhaps 40 handguns, and some long guns on the wall.

With a staff of eight or nine guys, all visibly armed!

SERIOUSLY – how can they afford to pay that many clerks?

I’d stopped by to check out their wares a couple of times, and the last time found them to be closed.  I then went to the nearby bookstore to see if they knew what had occurred.  It seems the gun store had been a front for a bookmaking operation!  This explains the large number of staff!

Hopefully, with Gunwalker (Fast & Furious) having made the front pages through the death of federal agents, legitimate gun stores have tightened up their procedures and are no longer allowing straw purchases!

Interestingly, the Glendale store remains in business!  :-0

 

GUNSWIMMER

Remember GUNWALKER aka Fast & Furious, wherein the U.S. Government facilitated the illegal sale of firearms to have them smuggled across the Mexican border?  The idea was they could then be tracked to the end users and arrests would be made?

And the FUBAR* result, where thousands of Mexicans were murdered, and a number of Americans also, including some federal law enforcement officers?

And the high-ranking BATFE officials played rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic with the folks involved, lest anyone actually see prison time for such heinous activity?

Remember how this is now old news?

Well, the adventure continues…

One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”
A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.
It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
*FUBAR – for the unfamiliar, Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition (a military epithet).  Some folks substitute another F-word for fouled.
h/t Brock Townsend

 

In The News

No, not the story you thought…

(Although my thoughts and prayers are with the dead, wounded and their families and friends in Oregon.)

Brian Terry

Associated Press

A jury has found two men guilty of murder in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death exposed the botched federal operation known as Fast and Furious.

The jury found Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza and Ivan Soto-Barraza guilty of all counts. Jurors had begun deliberations Wednesday afternoon, a week after the trial began in federal court in Tucson.

Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, and Soto-Barraza were part of a five-man crew that planned on robbing drug smugglers when they encountered Agent Brian Terry and three others on Dec. 14, 2010.

(Reports are they will receive life in prison…)

additionally, from Fox News

The killing led to intense political rhetoric as Republicans sought to hold the Obama administration accountable over the Fast and Furious operation. They conducted a series of inquiries into how the Justice Department allowed guns to end up in the hands of criminals.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt after he refused to divulge documents for a congressional investigation into the matter. Since then, the Justice Department has focused on arresting and trying all suspects involved.

About f’n time!
Now, what about the charges against Holder et al for complicity, conspiracy and obstruction?I’m not holding my breath…

Faster and Furiouser

Assailant in Garland, Texas, attack bought gun in 2010 under Fast and Furious operation

I wonder how many other attacks on U.S. soil are traceable to these transactions?

(Probably not too many, as difficult as it is to bring illegal stuff across the border…)

Sigh

h/t The Duck

BE AFRAID – BE VERY AFRAID

holderWord about the ‘Net (that bastion of information factual, don’t ya know!) is that there was a specific reason for criminal mastermind racist buffoon Attorney General Eric Holder to have recently retired.

NO, it’s not because of pending charges related to GUNWALKER, aka Fast & Furious.  Or his non-pursuit of federal charges against the New Black Panther folks inhibiting (White) people from casting their votes.  Or the massive Internet or cellular telephone surveillance he authorized against non-criminal U.S. citizens.  Or any other of the numerous felonies with which he should be charged and convicted.

It’s because The President sees a way to leave his mark on the Nation is when a conservative member of the U.S. Supreme Court retires, he’s going to appoint Eric Holder!!!

O…..M…..G!!!

Can you imagine?  I’ve been concerned about The President appointing someone of his ilk, but THIS guy?  Supreme Court appointments are for life.

Makes me pray for Leon Panetta or Bernie Sanders.

h/t Boyd & Donna

Just In Time For The Election!

(OKAY, the election AFTER that!)

Now that we’re focused on BENGHAZI, and keeping (the do-nothing and dangerous) Senator Secretary of State Bill Clinton’s wife-in-name-only from becoming President, remember…

No one fired over Fast and Furious

According to the ATF Director, no one was fired over Fast and Furious.

An Inspector General investigating the matter also found that allowing one employee to take accumulated leave prior to retirement while working full time for private company violated ATF policy… but no mention was made of any punishment for the violation.

The Justice Department is still withholding documents:

Though the failed operation has been out of the news for some time, Congress is still pressing the Justice Department to release documents on the matter. In a bipartisan vote in 2012, 17 Democrats joined House Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. President Barack Obama even invoked executive privilege in the course of the investigation. The matter is being fought in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Take a close look at that. The House held Holder, still the sitting Attorney General, in contempt of Congress in 2012. The matter was taken to court around the same time. It is now 2014, two years later. Holder has announced retirement plans. An election approaches. And the Justice Department is still withholding documents.

I have no doubt that Obama will manage to destroy anything incriminating on his way out of office, and none of the criminals in his administration will be brought to justice.

Dave Hardy has a transcript of selected remarks, and points us to a summary of actions taken to silence whistleblowers.  (c/o Say Uncle)

And, of course, there’s what’s-her-name having been FIRED from the Watergate Committee due to being self-serving and lacking ethics.  And Whitewater, Vince Foster, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

But it’s important to elect a WOMAN because they all think alike and…George Bush!

Remember, they are all part of the same team whose goal it is to fundamentally transform the United States into something NOT Constitutional.  And they have had successes.

I know, I’m largely preaching to the choir, here.

“I’m Shocked. Shocked!” Yet Again

ATF tries to block Fast and Furious whistle-blower from publishing book

By William La Jeunesse

The ATF agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious has been denied permission to write a book on the botched anti-gun trafficking sting “because it would have a negative impact on morale,” according to the very agency responsible for the scandal.

After first trying to stop the operation internally, ATF Agent John Dodson went to Congress and eventually the media following the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010. Two guns found at the murder scene were sold through the ATF operation.

Cue Captain Renault!

shocked

Fortunately, a later line in the Fox News article helped.

Dodson says “The Unarmed Truth” will come out in January, with or without the ATF’s permission.

Of course, you should go read the whole article here.

A Fast & Furious Opinion

My good friend Dave (says he’s ‘the mechanic’, not ‘the genius’ as I call him) sent me a link this morning alleging a different path explaining the Gunwalker/Fast & Furious stuff.

I told him I’d read it when I had the chance, but initially noticed it was via CNN, a notorious supporter of the President and his Attorney General, so I suspected a slightly slanted view.

Then, I read the article.  Then I went to the GBBL and noticed other bloggers were becoming aware of the article essay opinion piece

An example of another blogger’s interpretation, i.e. his opinion:

Don’t be so nosy

This editorial actually ran on the CNN website yesterday.
Swear to God, they published it.
It’s about the “Fast And Furious” debacle, the one where the government sent thousands of guns across the Rio Grande to prove that American guns were crossing the Rio Grande.  Then a couple of Federal Agents got shot with them.

I didn’t edit any of this.  Here’s the kicker:

By allowing guns to infiltrate Mexico’s drug cartel, we thought we could trace them up the ladder to the leaders. Take off the head and the body dies. As for the innocent people who lost their lives? Collateral damage. That’s the uncomfortable backstory to this scandal. And there are likely other operations like it in our nation’s history that we don’t even have a clue about.

And maybe it’s better for us not to be so nosy, not to know everything because, to paraphrase the famous line from the movie “A Few Good Men,” many of us won’t be able to handle the truth.

Yes.  Yes.  Yes. 
Go back to watching “Dancing With The Stars”.  Take some happy pills.  Don’t be “so nosy”.
(Drink some Kool Aid – Guffaw)

You probably couldn’t handle the truth: We’re trying to continue the War On Drugs, maintain the Drug Lords’ monopoly, plus prove that you really shouldn’t be allowed to keep those pistols in your house. 

Don’t be so nosy. 

Nothing to see here.  Move along, people, move along. (emphasis Guffaw)

Go to the GBBL and see how similar reactions are erupting elsewhere.  Or don’t be so nosy.  Your choice. – Guffaw

h/t  Dave, The Whited Sepulchre

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