Two terrorists leaped from a car and opened fire on police standing outside the Mohammad Art Exhibit & Contest in Garland Texas on May 3rd. Investigations following the attack revealed one of the criminals used a 9mm handgun connected to the infamous Operation Fast and Furious.
Operation Fast and Furious is associated with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama Admministration where the ATF “purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers, hoping to track the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders and arrest them.” Hundreds of weapons were sent over the border to be picked up by the drug cartels there.
This is not the first time U.S. law enforcement officer was kill by these weapons, United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed December 2010. His Arizona team was tasked with responding to Mexican bandits and he was shot and killed during a gunfight on the border.
The perpetrators were identified as Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson. Both men were killed during the encounter; one policeman was hospitalized due to a gunshot wound in the foot. The two terrorists were rumored to have been planning a future attack on the Super Bowl.
Nadir Soofi used a 9mm handgun in the attack. The weapon was later traced back to the Lone Wolf Trading Company in Phoenix, a store associated with Fast and Furious. According to the Chicago Tribune, gun smugglers knew Lone Wolf as a place where firearms could be obtained – illegally. Nadir Soofi’s violent history, including assault charges, should have prevented him from ever purchasing a gun in the US.
As the story goes, Soofi filled out a federal firearms form with false answers. Lone Wolf then asked the FBI to run a background check on Soofi, but somehow the criminal was able to obtain the gun anyway. Store owner Andre Howard later denied selling anything to the terrorist.
What Soofi didn’t know was that Lone Wolf was part of the Fast and Furious gun program launched by the Obama Administration in 2010. Conducted by the ATF, the operation involved guns with tracking devices that would hopefully be used to catch drug lords and traffickers who purchased guns in the US and took them back to Mexico.
“Senate investigators are now pressing law enforcement agencies for answers,” writes Richard Serrano in the Chicago Tribune, “raising the chilling possibility that a gun sold during the botched Fast and Furious operation ended up being used in a terrorist attack against Americans.”