The current system that stops criminals from buying guns in the u.s. is rather simple. After filling out a form 4473, and passing a criminal background check, your allowed to purchase any firearm you like. A form of valid state i.d. is also necessary. If a firearms dealer is suspicious of a sale or buyer, they inform BATF while performing the background check. The Media likes to paint a picture where anyone can go to a gun show and purchase a rifle or handgun, while it is clearly not the case, and many dealers are painted as sleazy, wiling to let anyone purchase a gun as long as they have cash. This is simply not the truth, and very far from it.
Project Gun-runner was a operation cooked up by BATF. The idea was simple, with the help of gun sellers along the border, they would target suspected gun smugglers. The Reality is tragic. Gun sellers did there part, tipping off BATF to multiple suspicious sales, men coming in with bags of cash, looking for hundreds of assault weapons and pistols. When Dealers called authoritys to report the situation, they were told, agianst there objections, to let the purchases happen. The BATF knowingly allowed, and encouraged, the large sale of firearms to mexican drug cartels. The reasoning? They figured they would follow the guns, across the border and into mexico, to quickly find the heads of cartels and smuggling operations. They feared the weapons would show up in gun violence, and they did. First in Mexico, in raids performed by the mexican authoritys and shoot outs with police forces. The ultimate fear was some of the guns would end up causing harm to federal agents. Many Agents in the BATF reported there concerns, often upon deaf ears. Higher-ups would have none of it, there was a propaganda war to rage.
Then the "unthinkable" happened. Border agent Brian Terry was shot in a altercation with cartels along the border. The weapons used by the thugs? A couple of AK-47's that BATF had "let walk" across the border. Around 2500 weapons were allowed into the hands of cartels, all while the BATF watched them, every step of the way. I sure hope they have a case by this point. This is a outrage, not only to the people of Mexico, but to the people of the United States. BATF DO YOUR JOB PLEASE. I want heads to roll for this, they are doing the opposite of what we pay them to do, and why? Who in the Hierarchy of the ATF has the balls to let this shit happen, and the balls to admit to it. Didn't think so, it's all politics, and who ever is at fault needs to be put down. But why? That is what i want to know.
CRAZY CONSPIRACY THEORY TIME
Seeing as no one has come forward to explain the situation, i'm going to give you my crazy idea as to why anyone would allow this kind of thing. Gun control, it sure makes re-instating the assault weapons ban easier if american guns are killing Mexican and american agents. Well, that is until the people find out the truth. gun owners and dealers knew the truth, no firearms dealer could sleep tight at night if they knowingly sold to guns that would be used to harm people, esp. by a cartel. So, when it was realized that cartels were using weapons stolen from Mexico's broke down military, and police forces who are not only widely corrupt, but scared for there lives. The BATF just decided to let it happen. Helps the dems re-instate the ban if we MAKE it happen right? That way the american people are that much more willing to accept the inevitable nato-backed complete firearms removal act, and there are no real weapons for them to defend themselves with. An American is dead,which could have been prevented, and that is unacceptable