“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will hold a roundtable discussion Thursday, April 26, to discuss firearms trace data from the Government of Mexico,” an ATF Public Affairs Division press release advises.
“The trace information discussed will cover firearms recovered by law enforcement and military officials at crime scenes in Mexico for calendar years 2007-2011 and submitted to ATF for tracing,” the release states. “This information will be available to the public on the ATF website following the roundtable.”
“ATF will not discuss any other firearms recoveries in Mexico which have not been submitted for tracing or any investigations,” the statement qualifies.
While credentialed “Authorized Journalists” who have been spiking the “Gunwalker” story from Day One will be predominant among attendees, there will also be some honest brokers on the inside, and this correspondent has passed along some questions that I hesitate to reveal before the meeting takes place at 2:30 pm Eastern time, about 15 minutes from the time this column is being posted.
As this will be a “pen-and-pad” event only, with no recording devices allowed, we will, unfortunately, not be able to hear any sputtering if those questions are asked. What we will no doubt hear the loudest after the fact will be a parroting of talking points and responses to softball questions, all geared to make the case that the biggest problem Mexico faces in re arming cartels is the private ownership of guns in the U.S.
- ATF will hold ‘roundtable discussion’ about Mexican gun traces
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’ (most current volume) for a complete list with links of independent investigative reporting and commentary done to date by Sipsey Street Irregulars and Gun Rights Examiner. Note to newcomers to this story: “Project Gunrunner” is the name ATF assigned to its Southwest Border Initiative to interdict gun smuggling to Mexico. “Project Gunwalker” is the name I assigned to the scandal after allegations by agents that monitored guns were allowed to fall into criminal hands on both sides of the border through a surveillance process termed “walking” surfaced.
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