|Made in the USA? Weapons confisticated from the |
murderous Oficina de Envigado. (Foto: El Espectador)
It's the second time that weapons from the controversial Fast and Furious weapons tracing program have turned up in Colombia. And, undoubtedly, the news will provide more ammunition for Republican critics of the Obama administration.
But the criticism misses the forest for the trees.
Yes, this project went very wrong when U.S. officials lost control of the weapons. However, the goal was extremely important: to find out how drug cartels and other criminal networks illegal obtain weapons sold in the U.S. and then use them to wreak havoc south of the Rio Grande.
|A Colombian policeman, allegedly murdered |
by the Oficina de Envigado. (Foto: La Vanguardia)
The weapons found a month ago on the property of the Envigado's commander included 13 pistols, 9 submachine guns and 56 rifles, according to El Tiempo, altho the article doesn't make clear how many of those came from the States. But those are probably only a sample of the firepower smuggled here from the U.S.
|Guns for sale without background checks |
at a US gun show.
|A piece of graffiti in Bogotá plays a |
tic tac toe game with rifles and
bulls-eyes and concludes that '
Everybody knows where most of these weapons go, and who uses them: vicious criminals like the Oficina de Envigado. But the U.S. political system is too intimidated by fanatical gun rights lobbies such as the National Rifle Association to do anything about it.
It's a continent-wide tragedy which appears to be expanding fast and furiously.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours