Tag: ATF

Operation Fast and Furious: The Forgotten History of the ATF’s Notorious Gunwalking Scandal

 

The ATF isn’t all bad. In fact, they had a policy of letting illegal gun purchases go between 2006 and 2011. It ended up getting U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry killed on December 14, 2010, and let Mexican criminals get enough guns that they were found at over 150 crime scenes were Mexican citizens were either killed or maimed. And some of the guns were used in the November 2015 terrorist attack in Paris at the Bataclan. But other than that, it turned out just fine.

(In case you’re not picking up on it, we’re laying on the sarcasm very thick right now.)

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It’s unlikely that there is a single federal alphabet organization less popular among the readership of this website than the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. These are the people who gave us both the Siege at Ruby Ridge and the Siege of Waco. What’s more, they may well be engaged in an entirely unconstitutional […]

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Siege at Ruby Ridge: The Forgotten History of the ATF Shootout That Started a Militia Movement

 

The Siege at Ruby Ridge is often considered a pivotal date in American history. The shootout between Randy Weaver and his family and federal agents on August 21, 1992, is one that kicked off the Constitutional Militia Movement and left America with a deep distrust of its leadership – in particular then-President George H.W. Bush and eventual President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno.

The short version is this: Randy Weaver and his wife Vicki moved with their four kids to the Idaho Panhandle, near the Canadian border, to escape what they thought was an increasingly corrupt world. The Weavers held racial separatist beliefs but were not involved in any violent activity or rhetoric. They were peaceful Christians who simply wanted to be left alone.

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On this episode of the Resistance Library Podcast Sam invites gun rights advocate and journalist, David Codrea, to the show. David Codrea is that rarest of creatures in the 21st century — a skilled and principled investigative journalist, willing to overturn stones to find the truth underneath. It was his strong journalistic chops that made […]

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Our Chief Historian Sam Jacobs had the fortunate opportunity to speak with author and former ATF agent, Vincent Cefalu. For those of you that might not know — Vincent Cefalu is best known as the primary whistleblower who exposed Operation Fast and Furious and Project Gunrunner to the American public. Cefalu is a curious figure, […]

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Operation Fast and Furious: The Forgotten History of the ATF’s Notorious Gunwalking Scandal

 

The ATF isn’t all bad. In fact, they had a policy of letting illegal gun purchases go between 2006 and 2011. It ended up getting US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry killed on December 14, 2010, and let Mexican criminals get enough guns that they were found at over 150 crime scenes where Mexican citizens were either killed or maimed. And some of the guns were used in the November 2015 terrorist attack in Paris at the Bataclan. But other than that, it turned out just fine.

(In case you’re not picking up on it, we’re laying on the sarcasm very thick right now.)

You probably know what was officially called “Project Gunrunner” as “Operation Fast and Furious.” Started under George W. Bush, this ATF policy audaciously grew under President Obama and became indicative of the perceived attack on American gun owners by both policymakers and their friends in the establishment media.

ATF’s Big Money Scandal

 

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Yesterday the New York Times reported that agents from the Bristol, VA office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives had a secret off-the-books bank account. In theory, it was to investigate tobacco smuggling. (The cigarette tax in New York is $4.35 per pack, and NYC slaps on another $1.50. The cigarette tax in Virginia is 30¢ per pack. So smuggling is a big business.)

Instead this secret account was used for … other things. They include paying credit card bills, donations to schools, a trip to Vegas, and 21 grand to rent a 16-person suite at Bristol Motor Speedway for a NASCAR race. Oh, and they used fake shipping documents to conceal the whole thing.

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I’m accustomed to being isolated politically. When I lived in San Francisco, for example, I was not only president of the Bay Area Republicans Club but I was also the member. Other places I’ve lived – Wheaton, Illinois, Boulder and Denver, Colorado, Herne, Germany and Long Beach, California have only reinforced to me the truth […]

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Mark the day. It may never happen again, but it is time to make some common cause with the left. The Center for American Progress wants to scrap the ATF. Of course the Center wants merely to see the ATF merge with the FBI. In truth, that won’t solve the problems. The ATF should be […]

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While recounting a guided tour of the Jack Daniel’s distillery on my way back from the airport, I was surprised when my dad referenced the ATF in relation to “sin” taxes. Half the price of a bottle of whiskey is taxes. Half the price of a carton of cigarettes is taxes. Handguns, bullets, and even […]

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From the NSSF: “ATF to Not Move Forward with 5.56 M855 Ban At This Time” This is welcome news. I suspect that the ATF received heavy political pressure from even the Democrats on this one, as many Dem senators and reps have come to realize that firearms actually enjoy rather bipartisan support. It also helps […]

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