WASHINGTON, October 2, 2015 – “I would ask news organizations… tally up the number of Americans who have been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade and the number of Americans who have been killed by gun violence and post those side by side,” said President Obama to reporters after Christopher Mercer shot and killed 10 and wounded seven Thursday at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College.
The New York Times failed to mention in its account of the slaughter that “the gunman in Thursday’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college specifically targeted Christians, three witnesses said, while online accounts linked to the shooter expressed disdain for organized religion,” said Fox News.
According to CNN, before she was wheeled into surgery, wounded student Anastasia Boylan told her father that the shooter “ordered the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians.”
“Good,” he told those that acknowledged their faith, “because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second. And then he shot and killed them.”
The same day Obama asked the mainstream media to wage a propaganda war against the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, a Tucson, Arizona, jury found Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza and Ivan Soto-Barraza guilty in the December 2010 shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Two AK-47s recovered at the murder scene were later linked to the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious, in which former Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the Phoenix branch of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to sell roughly 2,000 assault weapons to Mexico’s deadly Sinaloa drug cartel in January of 2009.
On May 3, 2011, Holder lied in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, stating that the first he heard of Fast and Furious was in newspaper reports.
By July of that same year, a subpoenaed memo revealed that ATF special agent William Newell was coordinating his agency’s gunrunning operation with White House National Security staffer Kevin O’Reilly.
On June 20, 2012, frustrated at his refusal to deliver documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, it recommended that the House of Representatives declare Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
That same day, President Obama asserted executive privilege over the contested documents. “This prevents future prosecution of Holder,” said CNN at the time.
In September of that year, the Spanish-language network Univision broadcast an investigative piece that said in part, “Additional guns, previously unreported by congressional investigators, found their way into the hands of drug traffickers across Latin America in countries such as Honduras and Colombia, as well as the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.”
They added that its investigative unit “identified massacres committed using guns from the ATF operation, including the killing of 16 young people attending a party.”
Gerardo Reyes, the Miami-based director of Univision’s investigative reporting unit said it best: “Americans have been getting a lot of information about the possible cover-up in the Justice Department, the tragedy of Brian Terry getting killed, but what about the Mexicans?
“The sinister part of this, and I know it sounds very hard, is that the success of this operation depended in part on the fact that the guns were used in Mexico to kill… [ATF agents and the White House] were waiting for the guns to be used. And how are guns used in Mexico? Killing people. I talked to an ATF agent who said there was no other way to explain it.”
The death toll in Mexico from Operation Fast and Furious is estimated to be around 300. But we’ll never know for sure.
America’s mainstream “news organizations” have never been all that interested – in the words of President Obama – to “tally up the number.”