A reported 60 rifles were recovered from criminals in El Paso. That makes it our business to know more details on what's being called "gun-walking" on the U.S.-Mexico border.
There has been a "Fast and Furious" operation run by the U.S. government. Are there others?
We back Texas Sen. John Cornyn in his efforts to obtain more information for the public. So far it appears he is being stonewalled.
Cornyn said Attorney General Eric Holder has not responded to a letter he sent in August. " ... Reluctance to address allegations of additional 'gun-walking' schemes in my state raises serious questions, and Texans deserve a full accounting of the department's role in this matter," Cornyn said in a statement.
At question: Is there anything to allegations that there are U.S. government-backed "gun-walking" programs in Texas?
"Gun-walking" is a program intended to stop the flow of weapons from the U.S. into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. What's known is the U.S. government allowed some 2,000 guns to be be purchased by suspected arms traffickers on behalf of Mexican drug cartels.
It was a sting operation. The idea was to trace the guns, thus hone in on the cartels.
By June, some of those guns had been linked, using an electronic tracing program, to more than 170 crime scenes. Reports are that some 1,400 of those weapons have not been recovered.
One of the weapons was used to kill ICE Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico. His partner, El Pasoan Victor Avila, was wounded. The
weapon was traced as having been trafficked from Laredo into Mexico.Cornyn wants to know if the murder weapon in that case was part of the "gun-walking" operation.
U.S. citizens deserve to know what's going on. El Pasoans deserve to know what has been going on right here.
EL PASO TIMES