I'm curious what everyone thinks of this, or if you've even heard of it.
Admittedly I'm part of the US gun culture, and thus I remember about a year ago there was a strange push by some parts of the government to try to claim US gun-ownership as responsible for the then-rapidly-escalating Mexican drug war, whereas most of you probably did not hear, or if you did, didn't pay it much mind.
The media ran with it at the time, claiming most weapons used were of US origin, and trying to use dubious statistics to back it up. Naturally, things like Mexican army soldiers deserting with their weapons (such as Los Zetas) and Chinese arms sales through Guatemala were more likely, but the insistence on US gun laws and US arms crossing the border seemed strange and contrived.
Now, a year and change later, it has come to surface, though only passingly been reported on by the mainstream media, that the US BATFE had been intentionally both allowing straw-purchasers to obtain weapons to smuggle, and even going so far as to give guns to smugglers who then transported them across the border.
Obviously, this not only now looks like they were trying to intentionally create the statistics as they announced them, but should also cause some horror that the government agents were spending US tax dollars giving away said hardware AND letting it fall into use by people who would (and did!) use it both domestically and abroad with no clear plan as to how it would function as an actual sting operation.
Following the death of a border patrol agent, a whistleblower brought the whole thing to light, and now there's congressional inquiries and subpoenas being thrown around, to the point it looks like an entire branch of the US government might be dismantled/absorbed as a result of the fallout, and even the US Attorney General has been involved- both as a subpoena'ed witness, and then over possible perjury in his testimony.
Naturally, as I said, I'm politically a Right To Keep And Bear Arms styled spectator, but I'm curious how other viewpoints regard this debacle. As I see it the US government did something at least as controversial as Iran Contra, horrendously irresponsibly, for almost no justification, and with tremendous and obvious consequences. It should be a scandal exceeding watergate, yet it seems to me like it's getting very little attention and eliciting none of the uproar it should. After all, at Watergate nobody died.