#FastAndFurious : Murdered Border Patrol Agent armed with *beanbags*

Oh, for Pete’s sake!

The Justice Department on Monday unsealed an indictment charging five individuals allegedly involved in Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s death, and announced a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the arrest of those suspects still at large. 

For the first time, federal officials also revealed that Terry and an elite squad of federal agents initially fired bean bags — not bullets — at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2011 (sic). During the exchange, Terry was shot and killed. 

(The original article contains a typo. Brian Terry was murdered in 2010, not 2011.)

It’s not clear from the article why Terry and his colleagues were using bean bags instead of firearms. Were they required to by department policy? Were they allowed to escalate to bullets only after being shot at? Was it their choice, and they just made a disastrously wrong decision?

Regardless, that bean bags were even an option is ludicrous. Arizona is prime territory for cartel smuggling; these gangs are armed with heavy weapons and are quite willing to use them. Border Patrol agents should be armed and ready to use deadly force from the moment of first contact.

The cartels sure are.

PS: And let’s not forget that the weapons used against Agent Terry and his team were supplied by the United States government. The cartels get assault rifles, while our guys get beans.

via Gateway Pundit

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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3 Responses to #FastAndFurious : Murdered Border Patrol Agent armed with *beanbags*

  1. JoeAstroturf says:

    Don’t ever forget Brian Terry , Jaime Zapata and the 200 Mexicans killed by Obama’s Fast and Furious guns. Trying to get rid of the 2nd amendment is backfiring on them. We’ll be counting more dead bodies while Obama and Holder are trying to cover it up.

    Song “Arizona we’re proud of you” .

    Verse.

    Even though Fast and Furious Holder hasn’t read it
    If you’re an American , not Jihadi or Hamas he’ll discredit it

    The Chief Organizer may not think a hard worker like Robert Krentz a winner
    A month after he died he had a good laugh at the correspondence dinner
    He wants illegals to be able to vote some day
    If they kill American heros like Brian Terry
    I guess that’s OK

    Semper Fi Brian it’s a shame you had to fight with bean bags
    Against Obama’s Fast and Furious bullets

  2. Chris says:

    Minor quibble. An assault rifle is capable of fully automatic or burst fire. The SKS found at the scene of Brian Terry’s murder was a semi-automatic rifle. I am not sure about any other rifles, but the guns obtained from U.S. gun dealers would have almost exclusively been semi-automatic. Any automatic weapons used by the cartels would have come from the Mexican military or from foreign purchases.

    Please don’t use the same erroneous language that the gun grabbers and media simpletons use. In this case, precision is necessary.

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