So far California Representative Darrell Issa’s won the narrative war on Fast and Furious.
The narrative? That the ATF was gun-walking weapons, that those weapons fell into the drug cartels’ hands, that those guns were involved in the murder of Border Agent Brian Terry, that the Justice Department wanted the program to use as a stealth method to crack down on gun ownership, and that AG Eric Holder is involved in a massive cover up.
Which might be true. Or not.
Because there’s another narrative: That Darrell Issa’s the one doing the cover up.
A new article in Fortune Magazine provides some interesting details (you can read the article here).
For example, the only actual gun-walking was done by the ATF agent who’s Issa’s star witness.
And we learn that the ATF agents were trying to arrest the straw buyers before the guns crossed the border.
And we learn what might be Issa’s cover up: He’s protecting Arizona gun laws.
According to the article, the Sinaloa drug cartel “had made Phoenix its gun supermarket and recruited young Americans as its designated shoppers or straw purchasers.”
Because of our lax gun laws, laws that allow for multiple purchases with no waiting periods, no permits. Oh, and our laws allows for resale of those guns, even on the spot.
Why’s that germane? According to the article, when the ATF agents brought their proof of straw buyers, the federal attorney’s nixed the prosecutions, saying that the legal grounds for prosecutions — courtesy of our gun laws — made success unlikely.
So Brian Terry was killed by guns purchased in Arizona by straw buyers — but not by guns provided by ATF — and those guns weren’t stopped from crossing the border because the likelihood of prosecution was dim.
If what Fortune Magazine reports is on the mark, what Issa’s doing is an injustice to the Terry family — he’s covering up the lax laws that led to the gun walking through his “Let’s hold Eric Holder in contempt” circus.
Maybe someone should investigate Issa. And how’s he covering up the role our lax gun laws have in the cartel violence, including the murder of Brian Terry.