#TinfoilTuesday – Fast and Furious might have been a political operation to push for gun controlJune 26th, 2012
Sunday on This Week, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) had a conspiracy theory to share. He told Jake Tapper that he thinks the botched “Fast and Furious” Operation (which he is investigating as House Oversight chair) could have been a politically-motivated and intentionally-botched “inside job” by the Obama DOJ for the purpose of increasing gun violence to create a climate favorable to stricter gun control legislation!
Can you imagine that? This is the Chair of the US House Oversight Committee on national television speculating about an inside job by a corrupt government that got its own innocent citizens and those of other countries killed as collateral damage in the web of its nefarious designs. This is not some raving, incoherent screed on a random web page written in all capital letters with tons of misspellings– this is coming from the top! The very government official heading up the investigation of the DOJ for Fast and Furious smells a rat, suspects that this could all be part of a plan to strengthen gun control measures against the American people.
Imagine if this is true. Of course not all conspiracy theories hold a lot of water, but then again, not all conspiracy theories are wrong. Some are right. Conspiracies do happen. That’s why there’s a word for them. Is it seriously controversial to say that throughout history people in government have done bad things and tried to cover them up? That shouldn’t be controversial. In the case of Fast and Furious, Issa is investigating a series of failures that he believes are so outlandishly stupid, so unbelievably incompetent as to truly strain credulity, a series of failures too improbable, it seems to Rep. Issa, not to suspect that they could be deliberate and calculated to precipitate a rise in gun violence, followed by an orchestrated media panic, a public outcry for stricter gun measures, and the passage of stricter gun laws. The connection is especially strong for Issa in light of some emails he claims he’s uncovered from people involved in Fast and Furious who suggest using its fallout to support an “assault weapons” ban.
Again, imagine if this is true. Imagine if the president knew about it. Here is a senior member of our federal government’s legislature alleging that in an operation that the president himself may have known about, the federal government’s Department of Justice, tasked with fighting crime and keeping America safe, deliberately sold thousands of powerful rifles knowing they’d end up in the hands of violent criminals, all in the hopes that the ensuing gun violence would teach us a lesson about allowing everyone to freely own and bear arms as our Constitution guarantees. If Issa is right, our own government got some of us killed in order to show us how badly we need the government to keep us safe (by controlling and disarming us).
Fast and Furious certainly does get a decent amount of media coverage, but probably not a really fair amount for something so potentially scandalous, that goes up so high in the White House administration, and reveals such a hideous, horrifying, narrative-shattering truth about the Washington regime. If this turns out to be true, it will be the beginning of the end of this government’s credibility– and I don’t mean this administration; I mean this government.
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