Tucson town hall over Fast and FuriousPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- It was a botched operation that sent more than 2,000 guns into the hands of Mexican cartel members.
There are still many questions about the federal gun-running investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious, but Monday night there were some answers.
The Tucson Tea Party hosted a town hall meeting at CDO High School Monday night in an attempt to the get the facts straight about the under cover operation that essentially armed the Mexican cartels.
"We want to make sure that all the documentation on who knew who OK'd comes forward," said District 1 Representative Paul Gosar while addressing the crowd.
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar told a crowd of more than 600 people that the White House knew weapons were being sold to Mexican gang members as part of Operation Fast and Furious.
"Attorney General Eric Holder in a speech in Mexico City actually outlines tactical changes to Operation Gun Runner and it details exactly what transpires to be Fast and Furious. So there has to be some connection of who knew about this," said Gosar.
Gosar is on a House Committee tasked with finding out what went wrong.
"These guns will show up on crime scenes on this side of the border as well as the other side of the border," said Gosar.
Those guns did show up at a crime scene. At the site of the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
"If somebody gives a gun to somebody knowing their going to commit murder guess what we call them we call them accomplices," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was also on hand to voice his concerns to attendees, but the crowd was especially interested in ATF Agent Vince Cefalu.
"Knowing that at the end of the day there may be a dead atf agent at the end of one of those guns, it nauseated me," said agent Cefalu while addressing the crowd.
Cefalu blew the lid off the weapons-tracking blunders by starting a website, clean up ATF.org. He claims he's being pushed out of his job.
"I dont care. I dont care as long as those guns are kept out of the hands of people who will do our people and the Mexican people harm," said Cefalu.
The audience had a chance to ask questions and one person wanted to know if those invovled can be prosecuted.
Gosar says if the House Committee can pinpoint who messed up, those people will be charged.