Friday, March 04, 2011

Agent Killed in Border Fight Fired Beanbags, Not Bullets First

During the 2008 campaign Obama threatened GOP backers by saying "If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun." Apparently, now that he's President, that doesn't extend to border guards.

Records show agents fired beanbags in fatal border gunfight
By Brady McCombs
Arizona Daily StarMarch 3, 2011

Border Patrol agents shot beanbags at a group of suspected bandits before the men returned fire during a confrontation in a remote canyon, killing agent Brian Terry with a single gunshot, records show.
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The documents say the group of illegal border entrants refused commands to drop their weapons after agents confronted them at about 11:15 p.m. Two agents fired beanbags at the migrants, who responded with gunfire. Two agents returned fire, one with a long gun and one with a pistol, but Terry was mortally wounded in the gunfight.

Border Patrol officials declined to answer questions about protocol for use of force, citing the ongoing investigation.

But Terry's brother, Kent Terry, said the other agents who were there that night told him that they were instructed to use the non-lethal beanbags first. It's a policy that doesn't make sense to Kent Terry.

"You go up against a bandit crew that is carrying AKs, and you walk out there with guns loaded with beanbags - I don't get it," Terry said in a phone interview from Michigan. "It's like going to the Iraqi war with one knife. It boggles my mind. ... These guys (Border Patrol agents) are professionals; they should be able to use their judgment call on their own."
Unbelieveable isn't it? But not unexpected. We've already seen repeated instances of the Obama Administration denying that attacks by jihadis shouting "Allahu Akbar" have anything to do with Islam and now border guards are told to use beanbags, not bullets, while confronting the murderous armed gangs which have turned border areas into no go zones for Americans.

At the heart of all these problems is the man in charge, Barack Hussein Obama. It's just another example which shows why Obama is unfit to hold office.

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