NPR on Operation Gunwalker
Right here. Two interesting aspects:
"Current and former federal officials say their hands are tied because of weak U.S. gun laws. Possessing a gun isn't a crime, unlike, say, possessing cocaine. And, in order to bring a prosecution, the government must demonstrate a straw purchaser had bad intentions."
No, they have to demonstrate he was a straw purchaser. He was buying a gun for someone else, and checked the box on the 4473 that asks if you are buying the gun for someone else as "no."
"Issa and ATF whistleblowers who protested to no avail with their supervisors in Arizona say the number of Fast and Furious guns still unaccounted for could top 1,000. But authorities are telling Congress the numbers could be far lower. Documents obtained by NPR and provided to lawmakers suggest that 568 weapons tied to Fast and Furious have been located: 372 in the U.S. and 196 more in Mexico."
I'd expected NPR at least to do simple math. The number of guns allowed to walk has been reported as 1,700 or 2,500. Subtract 568 from those and you get 1,132 to 1,932, neither of which is "far lower" than a thousand.
Part of the cover-up offensive directed by Obama. Another reason NPR should not get any taxpayer money, whether from the fed or state(s) trough.
Posted by: Harry Schell at June 25, 2011 01:52 PM
I can't remember exactly where I read it, but I believe that some judge had determined that for it to be an illegal straw purchase, the recipient had to be a prohibet person.
Posted by: jdberger at June 26, 2011 12:54 AM
NPR desperately wants not to do the math right, since that would make the Obama administration look bad and contradict one of their fundamental principles: Big government is good and doesn't do bad things.
Posted by: PhilaBOR at June 29, 2011 04:08 PM