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On one level, I see the logic in these kinds of gun control laws. It seems reasonable to assume that if vendors have to be more transparent in their reporting, it could be harder for criminal organizations to get their guns in bulk. After all, at a local and state level, law enforcement are also arguing that stricter penalties for individuals caught making straw purchases has helped reduce the underground trafficking of guns.
|victims of a Mexican drug cartel|
The problem, however, is that this program, "Operation Fast and Furious," failed to deliver. In fact, critics are arguing that this plan was more of a botched experiment than a smart tactical move. In addition to minimal intelligence gathered on higher-ups in cartels, the ATF also apparently lost tabs on many of these guns, and in a case that is equally tragic and embarrassing for the ATF, 2 of these firearms were eventually traced back to the murder of a border patrol agent.
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