“Operation Wide Receiver,” a precursor to “Operation Fast and Furious” wherein U.S. guns were bought by straw purchasers and “walked” under the noses of BATFE investigators into Mexico, has been the subject of numerous Gun Rights Examiner reports.
The central figure in those reports was Mike Detty, a gun writer, a firearms dealer, and the confidential informant who literally risked his life over the course of years to do what he believed was right, only to find the obvious criminals weren’t the only ones he couldn’t trust.
Detty has written about his role in a book that’s so new it doesn’t even officially release until next Wednesday. “Guns across the Border: How and Why the U.S. Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico” tells his story in an easy to read narrative that’s nonetheless engaging from the outset, and that held me throughout.
There were major differences between the operations, the most significant being that, unlike in Fast and Furious, information about Wide Receiver was contained, and there is no evidence there was ever any awareness in Washington, let alone a cover-up.