I am not a book reader. Since graduating high
school thirty-seven years ago, I might have read a half-dozen
books. I read a lot, but I seldom read books. I glean
information from magazines, newspapers, and the internet. I read
to gain knowledge. I never read just for the entertainment value
of doing so, but I do admire folks that read a lot. I wish I had
the spare time and the patience to do the same.
When I do actually read a book, it has to be
dealing with a topic that is very important to me, and that
brings me to the subject of the book reviewed here; "Guns
Across the Border, The Inside Story", written by my friend
Mike Detty. There
were two factors which led me to read this book. The first is
that I am very interested in the subject with which this book
deals; that being the crooked way in which the BATFE (hereafter
referred to as ATF) attempted to get a firearms ban passed in
the United States by illegally sending guns to Mexican drug
cartels. The second reason is that I know the author, and that
he was directly involved in this activity.
Mike Detty is not telling this story from an
observer's point of view. Mike Detty was a gun dealer based in
Tucson, Arizona, and he was willingly used by the ATF. The
Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is the US Federal gun police.
They, among other duties, oversee the licensing of firearms
dealers in the US.
This book outlines in detail Mike's
involvement in allowing the transfer of hundreds of
semi-automatic weapons to straw purchasers who were buying the
weapons to smuggle them into Mexico. The ATF agents involved
lied to Mike, telling him that the weapons would be allowed into
Mexico, where they would then be tracked by the Mexican police,
for the purpose of taking down the drug cartels who were using
these weapons in Mexico.
The real reason that the guns were sent to
Mexico was to get passed a weapons ban in the US. This Project
Gunrunner program was titled "Wide Receiver", and it
was the predecessor to the infamous "Fast and Furious"
gunrunning program, which came to national attention when one of
our US Border Patrolmen was killed with one of the weapons that
our government allowed to be smuggled to the drug cartels in
Mexico. After CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson broke the story on
national television, she started digging deeper, finding that
the Project Gunrunner program was a lot deeper than just the
"Fast and Furious" debacle.
These two gun-smuggling programs, among
others, instituted by our own government agency, are only known
to us because we had a good officer murdered, and because Mike
Detty kept meticulous records and audio tapes of his
conversations with the ATF agents and the gun runners involved.
In my informed opinion, if Mike had not kept this proof and
guarded it closely, he would be dead today, at the hands of our
government agents, as it was never intended that the American
people learn of our government's illegal activities to subvert
and to repeal our Constitutional right to own and use guns. With
a total disregard for the lives lost at the hands of criminals,
the ATF allowed and encouraged gun dealers to assist gun runners
with the purchase of weapons to be used in crimes against our
Mexican neighbors and US citizens.
In this book, Mike Detty gives details about
the conversations between himself, the gun runners, and the ATF
agents involved, as well as the later conversations with US
Federal prosecutors. The conversations are detailed, and very
revealing, while giving the reader a clear understanding of the
depths at which some of our government officials are willing to
reach in order to achieve their intended purpose of subverting
"Guns Across the Border" is
available in book stores, or online from Amazon.com, and is also
available online for Kindle devices. While I seldom recommend a
book for anyone to read, I highly recommend this book to anyone
who is interested in learning the facts behind our government's
dirty dealings, lies, and betrayal in operations "Wide
Receiver" and in "Fast & Furious", and to
anyone who wishes to preserve our right to keep and bear arms.
HERE to order Mike Detty's book "Guns Across the
Border" ($18.27 as of May 7th, 2014).
HERE to order the Kindle edition of "Guns Across the
Border" ($12.99 as of May 7th, 2014).
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