Associated Press - August 20, 2009 7:45 PM ETGreat job, ATF! Contrary to what the internet paranoids think, BATFE does not just sit around trying to fabricate cases against law-abiding citizens just to bolster their arrest stats. No, they really spend much of their time investigating violent crimes linked to gun trafficking and cutting off the supply of guns to the real bad guys.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A Starr County woman who bought 25 guns, at least 1 of which was recovered at the scene of a shootout in Cancun, Mexico, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.
Mireya Rivera Juarez, 44, of Roma, bought military-style assault rifles and pistols at various stores in South Texas in 2007 and 2008 that she would later exchange for money with a man she only knew as "El Mano." Federal investigators have been going after so-called "straw buyers" to rein in the traffic of guns to Mexico's drug cartels.
U.S. District Judge Randy Crane said Thursday he could not believe that Rivera was unaware that the shady gun buys were illegal and likely fueling Mexico's drug war.
In this case, just one of many like it that they're routinely making, a criminal had put at least twenty five guns into the hands of other criminals, and while one of those guns wound up in Mexico, we really have no idea where the others went or will end up. Maybe they'll end up in the hands of other drug cartel assassins or maybe they'll be used to shoot at American law enforcement officers of even average American citizens in our border towns. We really have no way of knowing.
That aside, with the shortage of fine firearms in America today thanks to the Obamaniacs who are trying to keep you and me from buying them, the last thing that I want to see is shipments of our nice guns going out of the country.
So since I try to give credit where it's due, I wanted to applaud the hard-working investigators and special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). I know that you guys are hated by a lot of the nut fringe out there because you are charged with enforcing the gun laws that Congress passes, but this proud American gun owner and his dog know that many of you are as pro-gun and pro-freedom as anyone and that your focus is really on the hard-core criminal element, not us law-abiding gun owners. Kudos, and keep up the good work.