Given this administration's proclivity to take full advantage of any-given crisis situation and use it to the advantage of their agenda, do not believe they aren't above actually orchestrating a crisis/situation in order to use it. Think about anything Obama and the democrats in Congress have done since he has been in office. It all had to be done immediately (stimulus, multiple unemployment extensions, bank bailouts, GM buy-out, ObamaCare, debt ceiling increase, various 'jobs bills', etc.), with great urgency and emergency. Hell, no need to read the bill(s). We would find out later what it would cost the American people in money and rights. When the failed ATF "Operation Fast and Furious" (OF&F) was breaking to the American public months back some of us became very cynical and warned that the program's intent was to make America's gun ownership look bad, and thus a crisis that needed Congress to make even more and bigger laws regarding gun ownership/buying. From the start, Hillary Clinton falsely stated Mexico's drug cartel gun violence was fed by a majority of American guns.
"Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians ... I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility."
When that was debunked, the administration obviously had to MAKE it so. Perhaps as Rep. Issa issues subpoenas for testimony from this administration on OF&F, one should also be handed out to Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. But it also begs asking why a "rule requiring gun stores to report multiple sales of assault rifles, other long guns, delayed" as late as last February. (Visit that link, and compare that info from then to what we now know of OF&F.) But it also adds confusion to the mix as barn doors are trying to be shut after the fact as recently as a month ago. Yet, as the Southwestern states' gun dealers tried to alert the ATF about the attempted straw purchases of massive amounts of weapons they were basically told to shut up and sell them...
The fact is that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) encouraged gun dealers to sell assault rifles to known straw purchasers illegally buying on behalf of others.
The fact is that the Justice Department oversaw the operation as ATF literally watched bad guys collect hundreds of guns—week after week—for nearly a year.
And then there is this little bit that does not get near enough play in this whole story:
"I just want you to know that we are working on it," Barack Obama reportedly told Sarah Brady regarding gun control. "We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar." - March 30, 2011, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on Pres. Ronald Reagan, and Jim Brady's shooting)
So where does that bring us on connecting the tangled graph points of this "Obama's Razor"? While Rep. Issa's heated investigation into Fast and Furious, and the administration's deep involvement in it, kicks its way through every brick wall now comes the warning I, and others, suspected was the root purpose of the ATF/DOJ operation from the beginning ... A reason to push for and impose MORE government gun control over our 2nd Amendment rights.
“This hunt for blame doesn’t really speak about the problem,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein at a recent Senate Judiciary hearing while discussing Fast and Furious.
“And the problem is, anybody can walk in and buy anything, .50-caliber weapons, sniper weapons, buy them in large amounts, and send them down to Mexico. So, the question really becomes, what do we do about this?”
The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) have introduced a dedicated firearms trafficking statute, but it has stalled in the House Judiciary Committee.
Really? In an ongoing investigation that has not yet come to full conclusions about OF&F and its operators, democrats in the US Congress are seeking to take major steps without all the information ... This FUBAR by the US government entities is now the fault/blame/responsibility of the American citizens and WE are to be punished? So, you tell me ... A created crisis in order to push through more restrictive gun laws on the American people? What other reason could there be, given the stark fact the Obama Administration and ATF did not do this operation with the Mexican government's cooperation, or even enlightenment ... and to date has caused hundreds of lives in Mexico, innocent citizens and police and military? My money's on "Obama's Razor". It had to make their false claims from two years ago a reality. If the democrats and Obama believe they can make 'gun control' an issue to run on in the November 2012 elections they are horribly mistaken.
To date, 30 lawmakers have called for the DOJ's AG Eric Holder's resignation.
And much credit needs to go to CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson who has been pretty much the lone investigative journalist/reporter of this story.
UPDATE to footnotes below the fold...
Obama in a TV interview on Univision April 2011
Cross-posted @ CW