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In a statement depicting the fact that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) still doesn't get it, the latest revelations concerning murders by firearms the U.S. government deliberately placed into the hands of Mexican drug cartels is referred to by the agency as "mistakes."

Just before Christmas a gun that was part of the scandal-ridden "Operation Fast and Furious" program turned up at a murder scene in Mexico. A shootout had ensued between Mexican law enforcement and drug cartel members. Five people wound up dead in the aftermath.

Law enforcement traced one of the guns used in the melee to the Fast and Furious operation. The gun was bought at the Lone Wolf gun store in the United States, a dealer that had cooperated with the ATF in selling illegal firearms to straw purchasers who then walked the guns across the border into Mexico, placing them directly into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

In a statement to Fox News the ATF claimed,

"ATF has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation and at the attorney general's direction we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated. And we acknowledge that, regrettably, firearms related to the Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes."

Reacting to the ATF statement, Karl Denninger of The Market Ticker was livid:

So we have a gun that was knowingly allowed to be illegally purchased by agents of the BATFE, who knowingly allowed a sale to proceed that was prohibited.

That firearm now has turned up at a shootout where multiple people died. In other words, it is now inextricably linked to five murders.

And what does ATF say?

"ATF has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation and at the attorney general's direction we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated," ATF said in a statement.

Those were not "mistakes", they were felonies.

If you or I knowingly transfer a firearm to a prohibited person and then that gun is used in a crime you have committed not only the crime of intentionally trafficking in the gun to a prohibited person but you can be charged as an accessory before the fact for the crime itself.

Denninger then goes right for the jugular, asking who in the ATF has been indicted for felony gun transfers, And who has been indicted as an accessory before the fact to any of the multiple crimes and murders that have been committed with Fast and Furious guns?

The answer is nobody. And that includes the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed with one of the guns the ATF place into the hands of Mexican criminals.

That only stands to reason, however. According to the ATF itself, these are but "mistakes" and not murders.

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