...mandate was to stop gun traffickers in Arizona, the state ranked by the gun-control advocacy group Legal Community Against Violence as having the nation's "weakest gun violence prevention laws." No federal statute outlaws firearms trafficking, so agents must build cases using a patchwork of often toothless laws. For six years, due to Beltway politics, the bureau has gone without permanent leadership, neutered in its fight for funding and authority.The rogue agent went on to accuse ATF of something that was patently false, of a program that didn't exist.
...an ATF agent named John Dodson, whom Voth had supervised, made startling allegations on the .Get this; there are "853 gun dealers in Phoenix alone, the seven-agent Fast and Furious team never stood a chance." But there was no Fast and Furious plan, just lose gun laws in Arizona, that created 853 gun dealers in Phoenix. Martin Bashir:
Fortune Magazine: Irony abounds when it comes to the Fast and Furious scandal. But the ultimate irony is this: Republicans who support the National Rifle Association and its attempts to weaken gun laws are lambasting ATF agents for not seizing weapons—ones that, in this case, prosecutors deemed to be legal.