Re: “House action deserving of contempt” (letter, 7-1).
Operation “Fast and Furious” allowed over 2,000 firearms to cross the border into Mexico. Border Agent Brian Terry was killed as a direct result of this gross negligence. The government officials who are responsible for this failed ATF program have not only Terry’s blood on their hands but also that of all the Mexican citizens killed with these weapons.
This is not a political ploy, Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about his involvement and knowledge of “Fast and Furious.”
Kent resident Benedict C. Ladera was recently sentenced to a year in federal prison for selling just one pistol to Canadian citizen Demetry Smirnov. This illegal firearm transaction resulted in the death of Chicago resident Jitka Vesel. At Ladera’s sentencing, U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik said his actions were “reckless” at best.
I would say that letting over 2,000 firearms cross over the Mexican border into the hands of murderous drug cartels is exponentially worse than “reckless.” The government officials who approved the “Fast and Furious” scandal and in turn lied about their involvement should be held criminally responsible.
The family of Brian Terry deserves the same level of justice as the surviving family members of Jitka Vesel.