Early in President Obama’s tenure, he and Attorney General Eric Holder cooked up a scheme to send thousands of U.S.-based “assault weapons” — that is, semi-automatic rifles which cosmetically resemblerealassault weapons — into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The goal was to ensure the guns led to maximum death and carnage so that the Obama administration could then push for far stricter gun control laws that included complete bans on certain weapons.
The operation was called “Fast and Furious,” and it was run by an agency that answered to Holder Justice Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
As reported by the New York Post, the operation was a Department of Justice-run program that allowed thousands of rifles including .50-caliber rifles with a range of nearly two miles and powerful enough to take down a helicopter to be sold to the cartels, allegedly so they could be “tracked” back to the illegal drug-running operations.
“Fast and Furious was merely a pretext for imposing stricter gun laws,” the Post noted — even if that meant scores of people would have to die in order to achieve the political objective of more gun control.
Talk about sick.
In fact, the guns did cause death, mayhem, and carnage:
The scheme backfired when Justice agents lost track of the nearly 2,000 guns sold through the program and they started turning up at murder scenes on both sides of the border — including one that claimed the life of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
While then-Attorney General Eric Holder was focused on politics, people were dying. At least 20 other deaths or violent crimes have been linked to Fast and Furious-trafficked guns.
The plot came to light after Terry’s death in 2010 at the hands of Mexican drug bandits; he was shot in the back with what was essentially an Obama/Holder-supplied rifle. But then, getting caught red-handed in the scandal, “the most transparent administration in history” lied repeatedly to Congress about the program, denying it ever existed. At one point, reported Newsroom American, Obama even extended executive privilege to Holder in regards to documents that were related to Fast and Furious. The site noted further:
[House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell] Issa [R-Calif.] and his committee have regularly demanded scores of documents from the Justice Department pertaining to the botched operation, in which the BATF allowed straw purchasers to buy guns from the U.S. and supply them to Mexican drug cartels south of the border.
The administration stonewalled on the documents, leading to a contempt of Congress citation for Holder.
However, as the Post noted, in May 2016 — when the Obama administration was gearing up to spy on the presidential campaign of then-GOP candidate Donald J. Trump — a federal court ordered the release of 20,000 pages of emails and memos that had been previously denied Congress and others looking into the scandal. “A preliminary review shows top Obama officials deliberately obstructing congressional probes into the border gun-running operation,” the Post noted.
Bottom line: Obama and Holder purposely created a situation that led to the slaughter of scores of people, including at least one federal agent, for the sole purpose of subverting the Constitution’s Second Amendment.