Fury at ATF Over Mexican Gun Sting

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hearings this week are investigating a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms program to sell guns to individuals buying on behalf of Mexican drug cartels. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson discusses how the "Fast and Furious" sting operation went awry.


Carrie Johnson

Comments [13]

Jeff from Hoboken

"chris from brooklyn
Semi-automatic weapons from USA are easily modified to fully automatic."

False! Anyone who claims this knows nothing about guns!

In no-way-shape-or-form- is this true! It is extremely difficult to change a gun from semi-auto to full-auto. It requires modifying the whole gun, finding totally different components and ofter drilling and re-shaping the guns receiver. It is extremely illegal. Therefor, it very difficult to find the parts and almost no one with the skills would be willing to do it!

Jul. 28 2011 11:40 AM
Alfredo from Hartford


I think this would be a great topic for a show. Focusing not just on this operation, but the ATF as a whole. It's not really talked about. No director for 5 yrs, shrinking personnel, shrinking funding. I don't know why it's not just merged into the FBI as a special task force; then the director of the task force would be appointed by the FBI director, which could not be politicized by the NRA.

Jul. 28 2011 11:35 AM
Jeff from Hoboken

Ugh, it's such a shame that PBS is now part of the delivery of one sided Left news! It's so hard to find a source of news that is not tainted with agenda!

Jul. 28 2011 11:34 AM
Brian from Hoboken

This was certainly a botched operation but the ATF has to try something. This is a huge problem that only gets worse as places like Arizona loosen gun laws. Obama has done nothing to strengthen gun control laws.
Caller Oscar is irrational. He probably thinks the government is coming for his guns in unmarked black helicopters.

Jul. 28 2011 11:31 AM
Sebastian from UWS

Thanks for politely cutting Oscar off. He simply wasn't able to deal with facts.

Jul. 28 2011 11:31 AM
chris from brooklyn

Semi-automatic weapons from USA are easily modified to fully automatic.

Jul. 28 2011 11:30 AM
Jeff from Hoboken

The label "Assault weapon" is simply a style/look. It has nothing to do with how a gun works. They are no different then a hunting gun...Think Honda Civic with fancy rims and tinted windows.

Jul. 28 2011 11:26 AM
TC from LI

So if ATF hadn't run this program, how many of these guns would have been sold anyway? How would the entire situation be different had the ATF not been involved at all?

Jul. 28 2011 11:23 AM
Jeffrey from NYC

It seems to me that the straw buyers would have bought guns with or without the ATF.

Jul. 28 2011 11:20 AM
Alfredo from Hartford

The ATF has shrunk by 2000 pp over the last decade and reduction in funding, EVEN AFTER 9/11 b/c the NRA doesn't want them taking guns. You can't run effective operations w/an interim leader and when you're understaffed and underfunded. Please ask her if she knows anything about the NRA effectively blocking the nomination of the director of the ATF by lobbying the committee chair in the senate --don't remember his name.

Jul. 28 2011 11:20 AM
Nick from in my office

This is a little weird. I have been writing a crime novel for a few years and one of my sub plots involves a federal government gun sting that goes bad. The facts of the current fiasco beats the heck out of my fiction!

Jul. 28 2011 11:19 AM

One more tornado of insanity.

Jul. 28 2011 11:17 AM
gary from queens

NPR committed very little resources to the ATF scandal, compared to the investigations of other news organizations and even bloggers.

Why choose a correspondent from NPR to tell the story? A news organisation that's been in the tank for this administration?

Brian, I thought you told Juan Williams how little relationship your show has to NPR.

Jul. 28 2011 10:04 AM

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