On previous occasions, we have mentioned the fact that
specific screw-ups by federal officials have placed guns in the hands of some
of America’s most notorious mass shooters.
If not for sloppy record-keeping and boneheaded mistakes by individual officials, the shooters in incidents in Charleston, S.C., at Virginia Tech, and in Sunderland Springs, Texas, would not have been permitted to purchase guns. There could be many, many similar cases where guns were used in crimes other than mass shootings. One could add to that body count the tragedy of Operation Fast and Furious. During the Obama era, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives knowingly encouraged gun dealers to sell thousands of guns to straw man buyers who were obviously supplying the Mexican cartels. [full article]