While the horrific shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., last week has much of the nation clamoring for a renewed “conversation” on guns and their place in American society, we’re reminded today of another rash of gun deaths which it seems no one is willing to talk about. CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson remains one of the few in the media who is following the story and today reports that another death has been linked to the Obama administration’s botched Fast and Furious gun walking operation.
— Sharyl Attkisson?️♂️ (@SharylAttkisson) December 18, 2012
The latest known recovery is a Romanian AK-47-type WASR-10 rifle. It was picked up at a crime scene Nov. 23 in Ciudad Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico. That’s the same area and weekend of the shootout involving [beauty queen Maria Susana] Flores Gamez’s death. A trace report shows the rifle was purchased by Uriel Patino, the Fast and Furious suspect who allegedly bought more than 700 weapons while under ATF’s watch. Records show Patino bought the rifle and nine other semi-automatic rifles at an Arizona gun shop March 16, 2010.
Hundreds of deaths have been attributed to the Fast and Furious program, including Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed two years ago. With the discovery of the rifle at the site of the shootout which killed Flores Gamez, the body count continues to rise. It’s long past time for that conversation, but Attorney General Eric Holder isn’t talking.
— Robin (@NiteOwl223) December 18, 2012
Speaking of a lack of gun control… http://t.co/WIvSFobd
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) December 18, 2012
— Sandy (@SandMazzee) December 18, 2012
So gun control is a much more crucial and immediate issue than the fiscal cliff? Then let's talk about #FastandFurious – it's about guns
— Kim Sommer (@kasommer) December 18, 2012
How many more guns Mr. Holder? How many? ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Found At Site Where Mexican Beauty Queen Killed http://t.co/9hpOgzsw
— Aaron Olsen (@AaronDOlsen) December 18, 2012
So the guys that gave away these guns should get to regulate them? http://t.co/SOC1D8Xz … uhuh…
— Wayne Polatkan (@WNixalo) December 18, 2012
— Doug Rink (@TalkSouthRadio) December 18, 2012
@SharylAttkisson Thank you for your continuing work on Fast and Furious. It is much appreciated.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) December 17, 2012