E-Mails Show Fast and Furious was Vehicle for Gun Control
Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.
In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the “big fish.” But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called “gunwalking,” and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
So you remember Fast and Furious. This is where we arranged for thousands of guns, long guns, automatic, semiautomatic, AK-47s, machine guns, bazookas, whatever, to end up in the hands of drug lords, right out of gun stores, gun shops in Phoenix, just walked outta there right across the border into Mexico, into the hands of the drug cartel and the cartel was supposed to do with those guns what drug cartel people do, start using them, bam, bam, you’re dead. They did. Hundreds of people died as a result of these guns being walked out of Phoenix gun shops and others along the border. And in this period of time a border agent got killed. So when attention was brought to bear on this, I said, “Well, it’s clear what this is all about. Who do we have in the White House? We have a quasi-liberal socialist Marxist. What do they hate? They hate citizens having guns. They hate the Second Amendment.”
It took me a split second to understand what this was all about. They have lost the gun control argument. In presidential debates they don’t dare bring it up, they have lost it, the left has lost the gun control argument, just like they’ve lost the abortion argument. But that doesn’t mean they go away, they never accept defeat. Okay, so let’s engineer a program where the baddest of bad guys get hold of American guns easily because we essentially give them to them, but we don’t tell anybody that. We make it look like the drug cartel could just cross the border, walk in there and buy ’em and walk back across the border or really rotten Americans could walk into the gun stores, buy those guns, go to Mexico and sell them to the drug cartel. Yes, evil Americans could, and then people would die, and the conclusion is supposed to be, “See, we have got to have more control over guns. Look at what happened here.” That was the plan. Backfired. Sharyl Attkisson with repeated random act of journalism after random act of journalism has been doggedly following this story and her latest report on the Early Show on CBS today featured this. One of the hostettes said, “Some officials originally discussed using the gun walking case to press for new gun regulations?”
ATTKISSON: That’s right. New e-mails that we have add to some documentation that we already had that show government officials never planned to reveal publicly their role in letting those guns fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels but planned to use the end result to argue for new gun regulations that they wanted, and you can read more about that story on our website, CBSNews.com.
RUSH: Which we’ve done and we’ve read the e-mails, and Sharyl Attkisson is exactly correct, exactly right. It’s exactly what this program was all about, to a T. Another El Rushbo bull’s-eye. Precisely what it was all about. So now they’ve got Holder up there, and they’re asking him about this. Before we get to that, back in 2009, this is in Mexico City, Obama and the Mexican President Felipe Calderon held a joint press conference. This is a portion of what Obama said back in April of 2009.
OBAMA: This war is being waged with guns purchased not here, but in the United States. More than 90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border. So we have responsibilities as well.
RUSH: Damn right. It’s your program. So you go to Mexico after instituting this program with Eric Holder, you engineer these guns walking across the border, you engineer it, then you go to Mexico and you point out how horrible it is these guns actually came from the United States. It was all part of an Obama scam. This is who liberals are. Don’t ever doubt yourself or me.