The story also mentions, MANY times, the desire for stricter gun laws. At some point these weapons MUST cross the border, or be used in a criminal manner in the U.S.; THAT crime, rather than the buying of the weapons from FFL dealers in AZ, (that THEY KNEW WAS MOSTLY LEGAL) is what should be addressed. Stopping ALL gun sales in AZ would do nothing but have these guns bought in another state (or country), and like dominoes, we would then have "gun control". It was more the definition of the problem (wide open border) that was missed, rather than the insanity of the chosen solution (see if we can track everyone dealing with bad guys), IMHO.
From the OP source story:
As political pressure has mounted, ATF and Justice Department officials have reversed themselves. After initially supporting Group VII agents and denying the allegations, they have since agreed that the ATF purposefully chose not to interdict guns it lawfully could have seized. Holder testified in December that "the use of this misguided tactic is inexcusable, and it must never happen again."
What must "never happen again" is to leave OUR border wide open an express shock that criminals would dare to take advantage of it. AZ, to my knowledge, has never complianed about gun sales but wants the border secured and illegal aliens deported, yet the federal "help" was to mess with gun buying, and they even blew that.