One of the more comical manifestations of Obamaphobia has been the emergence of a theory that was voiced this past winter by National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre.
As I put it when I posted a VIDEO CLIP of LaPierre’s remarks in February, he “says the fact that President Obama hasn’t done anything to offend gun owners in his first term is proof that he’s conspiring to seize their weapons from under their bedpillows in his second term.”
The irony here is that the Obama administration actually has expanded gun rights, allowing, for example, firearms to be carried in national parks and on Amtrak trains. Moreover, the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence, a leading gun-control group, has given the administration a FAILING GRADE.
Ah, but LaPierre and his fellow paranoiacs have seized upon what they see as a sinister plot in the form of an ill-conceived program whereby the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) allowed thousands of guns to be bought by Mexican drug cartels. The objective was to track the firearms as they were transferred to high-level traffickers, leading to their arrests and the dismantling of the cartels.
Fast and Furious, as the program has come to be known, was started under the Bush administration. But the conspiracy theorists see it as a plot by the Obama administration to spawn lots of gun violence and thus make a case for cracking down on gun rights or perhaps repealing the Second Amendment altogether.
All of this has led to a trumped-up “investigation” by congressional Republicans, who voted in committee yesterday to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress for his failure to turn over certain documents pertaining to the Fast and Furious program.
The genesis of the conspiracy theory concerning Fast and Furious was explained in detail last night by Rachel Maddow of MSNBC.
An 18-minute clip of Maddow’s report is HERE.