And yet more from Maggies Notebook about Jaime Zapata’s murder at the hands of more guns…does anyone remember some time ago when Mexican officials were claiming that US guns were making their way into their country?
Here are a couple of links to stories…notice the bylines of 2009 dates:
“Most are, say US officials. But the NRA says the Obama administration is inflating the scope of the problem and threatens to undermine the Second Amendment.”
Without A “Trace”
“In a joint statement presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crimes and Drugs, ATF Assistant Director for Field Operations William Hoover and Anthony Placido, assistant administrator of intelligence with the Drug Enforcement Administration, clarified that the 90 percent figure is true of guns that were submitted and could be traced:
“Hoover and Placido, March 17, 2009: Firearms are routinely being transported from the U.S. into Mexico in violation of both U.S. and Mexican law. In fact, according to ATF’s National Tracing Center, 90 percent of the weapons that could be traced were determined to have originated from various sources within the U.S.”
Here from the same factcheck.org website byline date 2010:
“Newsweek also reported that the camp was run by the Zetas cartel, and the magazine said that U.S. law enforcement believed that all of the weapons had originally been purchased in the United States:
Newsweek, Declassified blog, May 17: The Mexican military has discovered a major training camp run by the notorious Zetas drug cartel and stocked with an arsenal of military weapons, including 140 semi automatic assault rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition—all of them believed to be purchased in the United States, U.S. law enforcement officials tell Declassified. The discovery last week of the training camp in the town of Higueras, just 70 miles south of the U.S. border in the state of Nuevo León, provides fresh evidence for Mexican President Felipe Calderón—due to meet with President Obama in Washington on Wednesday – to press his case that the U.S. government is failing to crack down on a massive flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.”
Please click on the link below to get Maggies’ full story.
“Two dead border agents – perhaps five guns involved in their deaths – all five illegally allowed to “walk” into the hands of Mexican drug cartels by the Department of Justice and the ATF. In the highly-publicized death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, thanks to Conservative bloggers, we know two guns were found at the scene and traced to the Fast and Furious cache of weapons. But we also heard there was a third gun, and an audio confirmed that report, but barely, nary a word about it since. Today I found a headline at KatyPundit and followed it to Grump Opinions reporting that a second gun has been traced to the murder of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata. A Texas man was both arrested and sentenced, and Zapata’s family didn’t have the courtesy of a notice. Understand that: the case was so far along that, at the time the Zapata family learned of a second gun, the arrest, conviction and sentencing of Manuel Barba had already already taken place. Obviously, no Victim Impact statement was given. While Congressman Darrell Issa has been dogging this in the House, some are thinking he is giving up on probing Eric Holder and Fast and Furious.