[Video] Another “Fast and Furious” Gun Turns Up in Mexican Shootout, This Time at a Resort
The bigger story here might be that CNN is actually covering Fast and Furious and being somewhat critical of the ATF.
Anyway, another gun that was allowed to be trafficked to Mexican drug cartels has turned up at the scene of a shooting, this time at a popular resort.
The shootout took place between suspected cartel gunmen and Mexican authorities in the resort Puerto Peñasco, just over the Arizona border.
According to CNN,
Guns recovered at such scenes are routinely checked with the ATF’s tracing lab to try to determine their origin. At least one AK-47 style firearm was found, and U.S. investigators identified it as one that was allowed to be sold to suspected traffickers as part of Fast and Furious, according to the U.S. official.
The ATF, in a statement, said: “ATF has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation and at the attorney general’s direction we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated. And we acknowledge that, regrettably, firearms related to the Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes.”
During operation Fast and Furious, ATF agents allowed nearly 2,000 firearms to be illegally smuggled into Mexico with the hopes of tracing them to the drug cartels there. However, most of the guns have not been located and they regularly turn up in cartel involved shooting incidents. The guns have been used by the cartel to kill both Mexican civilians and authorities as well as at least one American border patrol agent.
Attorney General Eric Holder has regularly fought Congressional investigations into the operation and President Obama even executed his Executive Privilege on several documents to prevent members of Congress from seeing them.