How the US gave guns to Mexican cartels
‘It’s like the underwear gnomes,” my ATF colleague Lee Casa told me one time as we recounted the latest bizarre goings-on in Phoenix.
“What?” I asked.
“You ever watch ‘South Park’? There’s this episode where all the boys get their underwear stolen by these underwear gnomes. They track them down to get it back and one of them asks why they are stealing everyone’s underwear. The gnomes break out this PowerPoint and reveal their master plan: Phase One: Collect underpants . . . Phase Two: ? . . . Phase Three: Profit.”
“We’re doing the same thing,” he explained. “We know Phase One is ‘Walk guns’ and Phase Three is ‘Take down a big cartel!’ ”
Both of us were laughing now; a more fitting and appropriate allegory could never be found. Casa concluded, “Just nobody can figure out what the f–k Phase Two is!”
Aside from the fact that I think Gunrunner’s real purpose was an attempt on the part of the Obama administration to sandbag both 2A and immigration politics, if you want to believe that Gunrunner had any law enforcement utility, I think they were thinking that this was going to be the modern equivalent of nailing Al Capone and thereby squelching is outfit on Capone’s failure to pay import tariffs. IOW, catch cartel members on some process gun/weapon crime, then get ’em into Club Fed, then all the humpty dumpties will have a great fall off the wall.
It’s as if we actually think that catching Capone on a tax technicality is what ended the Sicilian Mafia. When what really ended the Sicilian Mafia is what ends almost all mob/clan violence: The repudiation of cousin marriage and tight endogamy, and the institution of outbreeding, which Sicilians both back in Sicily and their American diaspora didn’t do until shockingly recently. Not recently in terms of my lifetime, but in terms relative to when white/European peoples in general did so.
Meanwhile, back at el rancho, Mexican drug/gang violence is just typical racial behavior, not a result of generations on end of kissing cousins. Mexican drug gangs are the modern day equivalent of Indian tribes, (because they’re fundamentally the same Indo people). Mexican cartels fighting over drug distribution routes is just about the same as two Indian tribes way back when fighting over the right to buffalo hunting territory.