Fast and Furious and journalist shills
In Foreign Policy, an article that places the blame for Operation Gunwalker on... the NRA. You see, they kept BATF from compiling dealer records that would be searchable by name, and blocked bills that would have registered all guns, so when President Obama told them to crack down on drug cartels, they only thing they could do was ... ship guns to drug cartels. Somehow I don't quite follow the logic.
The Issa hearings "were useless." He thinks it terrible that three relatives of the murdered Border Patrol agent were allowed to testify.
"There are roughly 100,000 licensed gun dealers in the United States. ... many are so-called "kitchen table" dealers who sell secondhand guns out of their businesses, homes, or even cars." Few who sell out of homes have survived the 1990s legislation that requires dealers to be zoned for business, and no dealer can sell out of a car.
"The U.S. government keeps track of everyone who owns a car or a house..." Really? I thought counties and States did that.
"And, preposterously, there is no federal law explicitly forbidding international gun-trafficking." Ever hear of Arms Control Act, as in up to ten years in prison for each offense? And I guess he didn't hear about the person who who got 30 years imprisonment for running guns to Mexico.
William Newell, who ran Gunwalker, is a "devoted, articulate lifetime civil servant," who might even have become head of ATF as a result of his brilliant gunwalking.
The agents who blew the whistle were "newly posted to Phoenix," and "had no idea of the scale of the gun-trafficking problem when they arrived in Arizona. They were used to interdiction and apparently were not properly read into the larger aims of Fast and Furious." Narrowminded novices, who didn't understand how letting guns flow to cartels would lead to busting cartel leaders. Nor can I. Nor does the author explain just why, other than a general suggestion that somehow it would happen. And it's curious that the head of the agency said that gunwalking astonished him, too.
The article sees it as regrettable that no one understands " that letting guns walk was precisely the point of Fast and Furious."