Our Department of Justice in an operation called "Fast and Furious".
The theory was to link the weapons, by tracing serial numbers, to various crime scenes in order to scope out various drug cartels and eventually lead to high-level arrests.
When ATF agents objected they were threatened with punishment and retaliation.
I've got to say that's a heck of a lot of guns to keep track of considering our ability to track where our foreign aid goes, mostly to corrupt officials. Even worse, these guns were let go knowing they would be used in crimes where people would be killed. They were, including Border Patrol guard Brian Terry. 1730 guns. 38,000 deaths since 2007. Supervisors who retorted when asked about possible loss of life in this operation, "If you are going to make an omelet, you need to scramble some eggs," and "If you don't think this is fun, you are in the wrong line of work, period."
Other than the 38,000 deaths over time, what was accomplished? A few arrests of small-time crooks while the rest of the weapons were in the hands of criminals leading to a huge spike in the ongoing violence.
It's hard to believe the President would have given the go ahead to such an ill conceived plan. What? He didn't? According to Press Secretary Jay Carney, "He did not know about or authorize this operation."
Just who is in charge when it comes to an operation of this magnitude? It's not Who. He's on first. It obviously isn't Obama either. He was probably on vacation or the golf course.