In fact, according to a Fortune Magazine article, the Mexican government estimates that 2,000 weapons a day come into its country from the U.S.
And Arizona is a primary candy store for these cartels. According to the ATF, “By 2009 the Sinaloa drug cartel had made Phoenix its gun supermarket and recruited young Americans as its designated shoppers or straw purchasers... (the ATF began investigating) a group of buyers, some not even old enough to buy beer, whose members were plunking down as much as $20,000 in cash to purchase up to 20 semiautomatics at a time, and then delivering the weapons to others.”
Some would want us to believe that the scandalous gun-walking plan of Fast and Furious is what we should be outraged about. We should be: It was an ill-conceived plan that seems to involve far too many people who should’ve known better. We know that at least one of those guns was used in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
But it would be naïve — or disingenuous — to believe that the only guns crossing the border are those walked as a result of the ATF.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It's the Lax Gun Laws in Arizona, Of Course
from an op-ed by Mike McClellan in the East Valley Tribune