If you're someone named Sylvia Longmire writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune last week, there's no update. In fact, there's no such thing as Operation Gunrunner, Gunwalker, Fast and Furious or any other such unseemly thing. Like, what are you talking about?
Here is a public challenge to both the National Rifle Association and the Obama administration. I challenge you to prove that either of you has any idea what you’re talking about when it comes to southbound weapons trafficking to Mexico.(italics, ours)
The issue at hand is not whether guns sold in the United States are making their way into Mexican cartel hands; that’s indisputable. It’s trying to figure out exactly how many of those guns come from the U.S. and how many come from elsewhere.
The Obama administration has stated publicly that the United States bears much of the responsibility for the flow of firearms into Mexico and has pledged to work harder to stop it. The NRA is diametrically opposed. It has millions of members and represents gun owners’ right to bear arms, regardless of the caliber. They believe there are too many gun laws already and that the government only wants to take guns away from law-abiding citizens.
And on she goes without a single solitary reference to the deadly and illegal scheme carried out by the ATF to allow guns to be sold in the U.S. and then fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
It's jaw-dropping, really. What more needs to be said about the deplorable state of journalism in this country than someone can pen an op-ed piece in a major daily of a city that sets on the U.S.-Mexico border about the flow of guns across that border without a single mention of a gun-smuggling operation carried out by the U.S. government and which the head of that government agency will be testifying about next month?
P.S. Such was our incredulousness, we had to read the article 3 separate times to make sure we hadn't missed any word on Gunrunner/Fast and Furious. It has to be in here, right? This is the sort of stuff that makes our blood boil.