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Runnin' and Gunnin'
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 • Posted August 17, 2011

If you, like many Americans, breathe, you have no doubt heard about the gun running debacle held recently by the premier U.S. gun control organization, the BATF&E, which is government lingo for Idiots Who Can’t Find Their Ammo With Both Hands. In case you’re wondering why the letters don’t correspond, so is everyone else, but nobody has had the guts to ask yet.My editor at Texas Fish & Game magazine, Don Zaidle, asked me to do a news story about this fiasco when it first started, but so far I haven’t done one. The problem is that it’s not easy to get new information from people who belong to a government organization that’s so arrogant the employees don’t even tell each other the truth. It’s also not easy to get new information from people who have been so terrorized by that agency, and forced by that agency to commit heinous crimes, that they check with their lawyers before they tie their shoes. Thomas Jefferson once said to me, he said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.” Ol’ Tom was pretty sharp. And in case you’re wondering, America has the largest government in the world. Aren’t we special.Basically, just in case you’ve been living in a cardboard box on Jupiter for the past several months, the BATF&E had this operation going where they told gun dealers to knowingly and illegally sell guns to people who were supplying the arms for the bad guys in Mexico. Instead of then arresting these people, the BATF&E allowed them to take the guns south. And we’re not talking about ten or fifteen rifles, here. We’re talking about thousands.At least one of these guns later turned up at a shootout where an American law enforcement officer was killed. So, according to America’s litigious standards, if the transgressor in this case were the tobacco industry or a gun company instead of the BATF&E, they would have already been sued for billions of dollars. And they would have lost.Now, Eric Holder, our AG (government speak for Head Idiot In Charge Of The Other Idiots) ostensibly runs the BATF&E. So when this all happened, someone asked Holder, “Hey, Eric, why did you tell the Idiots in your chain of command to do such a monumentally stupid thing?” And Holder said, “Huh?” Holder claims either a) that he didn’t know what was going on, or b) that he didn’t think so many guns would be purchased illegally because the dealers weren’t offering green stamps. Or something.Holder’s stand will go down in history as ‘The Huh Defense.’ The problem is that if Holder really didn’t know what was going on he’s incompetent, and if he did he’s a criminal. Either way he doesn’t belong in charge of a kiddie train at Fiesta Texas, much less a large agency that plays with guns.All this comes on top of the recent claims of the Mexican government that their gun problem is our fault. I used the same argument with my parents when I was a kid. I claimed I hadn’t brushed my teeth because my brother had been in the bathroom too long. The difference is that my parents whipped my backside. The U.S., in contrast, agreed with Mexican officials.Our government also claimed that about 90 percent of the guns going into Mexico illegally were coming from the U.S. This turned out to be less than accurate, inasmuch as it was a baldfaced lie. Here are the facts:During a four year period, Mexico confiscated over 93,000 illegal guns. Of those, about 4,000 were thought to have come from the U.S. So the Serial numbers of those, and only those, were checked. Sure enough, about 3,600 of them, or about 90 percent of the checked guns, had come from the U.S. This was actually less than half a percent of the confiscated guns, but politicians don’t like to let facts get in the way of a good story.Not only that, but a lot of the guns not checked came from the U.S. - - government. Our leaders sold them to the Mexican military, which issued them to Mexican troops, who became unhappy and left the army, taking the guns with them when they joined the Mexican drug cartels, where they were paid more and treated better, and were fare more popular. So a lot of the guns our government is complaining about going to Mexico from the U.S. were sent there by the people complaining about them. This is known as ‘spin.’Mexico most definitely does have a gun problem. The problem is that Mexican citizens are denied the right to keep and bear arms. The way to solve the problem is to issue a military-style rifle and several magazines of ammo to each Mexican head of household, so those good people can defend themselves against the bad guys.No, I don’t expect that to happen. Once you give up rights, you rarely get them back.What I do expect is for Americans to be smart enough to refuse to accept the blame for Mexico’s gun problems, just because their brother was in the bathroom too long . . .Kendal Hemphill is an outdoor humor columnist and public speaker who has only carried guns into Mexico on a few occastions, and always brought them back. Write to him at PO Box 1600, Mason, Tx 76856 or

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