From The Daily Caller and ABC News:

The Spanish language television news network Univision unleashed a bombshell investigative report on Operation Fast and Furious Sunday evening, finding that in January 2010 drug cartel hit men slaughtered students with weapons the United States government allowed to flow to them across the Mexican border.

“On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of high school and college students in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez,” according to a version of the Univision report in English, on the ABC News website.

“Near midnight, the assassins, later identified as hired guns for the Mexican cartel La Linea, broke into a one-story house and opened fire on a gathering of nearly 60 teenagers. Outside, lookouts gunned down a screaming neighbor and several students who had managed to escape. Fourteen young men and women were killed, and 12 more were wounded before the hit men finally fled.”

Citing a Mexican Army document it obtained and published, Univision reported that “

hree of the high caliber weapons fired that night in Villas de Salvarcar were linked to a gun tracing operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).”

That operation was Fast and Furious.

So, our guns were used to gun down 16 teenagers and wound 12 more.

If you are not familiar with Fast and Furious, and I don’t blame you if you are not, Fast and Furious is a gun tracing operation run by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), where nearly 2,000 guns went unaccounted for. According to Mexico’s former Attorney General, approximately 300 Mexicans have been killed by Fast and Furious guns. Nearly 2,000 high-powered weapons “walked” across the border to Mexico and were used by Mexican drug cartels that murdered hundreds of innocent people, including these teenagers. You may remember a gun from Fast and Furious was also used to kill U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

According to ABC News, “Univision News identified a total of 57 more previously unreported firearms that were bought by straw purchasers monitored by ATF during Operation Fast and Furious, and then recovered in Mexico in sites related to murders, kidnappings, and at least one other massacre.”

Although the mainstream media have tried their best to ignore Fast and Furious, Univision, which is no conservative place, feels a bit differently about it since it is Mexicans that are being brutally murdered with our guns.

Texas is involved in this as well. From ABC News:

Other firearms under ATF surveillance were permitted to leave the country from Texas, according to court documents and the exclusive testimony of Magdalena Avila Villalobos, the sister of an ICE agent who survived a confrontation with cartel hit men on a rural highway in Mexico on February 15, 2011. His fellow agent, Jaime Zapata, was killed during the attacks.

Earlier this year, Texas Senator John Cornyn had echoed Thomas’ assertions . Moreover, on September 25, Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley, the politicians behind the Fast and Furious congressional report released in July, sent a letter to the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, requesting an investigation into Avila’s and Zapata’s case.

Pres. Obama has falsely claimed that “Fast and Furious” began under the Bush administration. So, lets clear that up. Bush did have a gun walking program called, “Operation Wide Receiver” in 2006-2007, but that program wasn’t “Fast and Furious,” which started under Obama. The “Operation Wide Receiver” program didn’t lose track of 2000 guns, and it didn’t result in the murders of hundreds of Mexicans and an American Border Patrol Agent. Pres. Obama likes to blame Bush for just about everything, but this was an out and out lie.

Attorney General Eric Holder has always maintained he knew nothing about this operation. Writing about the report by the DOJ’s inspector general, Lachlan Markay writes:

While the report does not claim that Holder misled Congress, it does say that those affidavits suggested gunwalking took place. Holder says he read those affidavits, and that they suggested no such thing. If the inspector general is correct, both claims cannot be true–either Holder did not review the affidavits, or he was not truthful about their contents.

More and more truth and horror is leaking out about the nightmare that was “Fast and Furious.” If it takes a Mexican news organization to do, then so be it. Our media gave up on truth and investigative reporting long ago. After all, it took Univision to actually ask Pres. Obama tough questions for the first time.

KATHLEEN MCKINLEY, Guest Voice Columnist
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  • zephyr

    Of course it was horribly tragic. Sadly Mexico is no stranger to tragedy under the cartels. Given the way these cartels are awash in guns however, this assassination would likely have occurred had these particular weapons not existed. That said, it’s reasonable to investigate the botched operation to a reasonable degree – not to be confused with a witch hunt.

  • MommaHanna

    Did anyone make sure that the affadavits were in Mr. Holder’s native language?? Just sayin!

  • jdledell

    Kathleen – Fast & Furious as well as Operation Wide Receiver were poorly conceived programs by the ATF. The ATF is an agency which has outlived it’s usefulness and should be folded into the FBI.

    Your statement that the news media gave up on truth and investigative reporting a long time ago is ridiculous. Fast & Furious has been all over the news for months. Maybe they did not consider it to be as important and damaging to Obama as you would like, does not mean they ignored it.

  • The_Ohioan

    Ah, Kathleen, we could hardly not be cognizent of Fast and Furious, since the congressional Republicans have been trying to force the United State Attorney General into resignation with their version of “gun walking to Mexico”. But it is refreshing, as always, to hear your take on it.

    The only difference between OWR and F&F is the amount of weaponry gun walked to Mexico and one resulted in a border patrol officer being killed by that weaponry while the other didn’t, yet. Both were dubious and poorly executed operations out of the Tucson ATF bureau and both were responsible for many hundreds of weapons – some of which were used to kill Mexican citizens and possibly some American citizens – we don’t yet know where they all are and who has been injured or killed by them.

    If anyone cares, here is a somewhat more balanced (and fact filled) account.

  • cjjack

    Sadly Mexico is no stranger to tragedy under the cartels. Given the way these cartels are awash in guns however, this assassination would likely have occurred had these particular weapons not existed.

    A good point, Zephyr, but allow me to correct you. It isn’t that the assassination would “likely” have occurred. It would have, period. The not so subtle implication in all these attacks on Obama and Holder is that, if it were not for the botched gun-running, these terrible incidents would never have happened.

    Well I’m going to take a wild guess and say that Ms. McKinley has never been to Juarez, where this latest incident happened. I’m also going to guess that she’s never interacted with anyone from these cartels, and has certainly never been personally affected by their activity.

    I’ve been there, done that, and lost a friend to that world.

    When these people settle on killing someone, they don’t pause to look down and see where their weapon was manufactured.