As a good follow up to my post yesterday about Mexico's "No More Weapons" sign, is this article at the American Thinker explaining the difference between Project Gunwalker, started under the Bush administration, to crack down on weapon smuggling, and Fast & Furious under Obama, which was intended to put U.S. civilian weapons in the hands of the cartels.
And this possible explanation for the whole program:
A commenter on one of my Comments raised a possibility I had not previously considered. As soon as Obama was elected, gun owners across America, fearing just this kind of undermining of their constitutional rights by an administration incubated in Chicago, one of the most anti-gun metropolitan areas in America, began a furious buying of guns and ammunition. Ask anyone in the firearms industry, the Obama presidency has been the best sales stimulator they have ever experienced. Fearing that some form of federal ban or punitive excise tax might be forthcoming from this Chicago mob, I, like many millions of others, enhanced my personal arsenal and bought up large quantities of ammunition.
And that phenomenon raises the question postulated by the commenter: Was Fast & Furious a knee-jerk liberal reaction by an anti-gun administration that feared a quickly re-arming America? Plant guns in Mexico that could be eTraced back to the U.S. and then use that evidence to anger the American public into going along with stricter, federal gun control legislation? The obviously too-orchestrated claims by too many federal officials that ninety percent of the weapons confiscated following violent crimes in Mexico were simply too pat and too obvious to those of us who know something about the procurement of weapons. It simply made no sense whatsoever for the rich and powerful cartels to engage in nickel and dime purchases of semi-automatic* weapons in dribs and drabs across one of the most heavily-defended borders in the world when they could buy fully-automatic** weapons by the shipload from multiple sources around the world and at far lower prices. For that reason, folks in the know all around the world hoo-hawed at the Obama administrations blatantly phony attempts to link gun violence in Mexico to American-purchased arms. On the other hand, the lefties of the world ate it up.
We are faced with a clear reality: an armed citizenry represents a clear and present danger to those leftists and Marxists who would seek to render them a harmless and complacent herd. These same leftists and Marxists are joined in this belief with despots all across the political spectrum, and all around the world. Regardless of whether you are a left-wing dictator or a right-wing tyrant, you have to be keenly aware that an unarmed populace isn't likely to storm the palace and inflict fatal wounds upon those who have subjugated them.
Getting back to the foolishness and fatality of Operation Fast & Furious, I'm not certain at this point about its motivation. But, because our Attorney General and his justice department are furiously stonewalling the congressional investigation, the American public can only conclude that there is something very harmful to the continuance of the Obama Administration that must not be revealed. For a cover-up at this level and of this intensity, that something has to be either politically terminal or criminally indictable.
And that folks, is the difference between the Bush project, designed to interdict weapons transfers into Mexico for the perfectly legitimate government goal of reducing criminal activity, and the Obama operation, designed to mislead and misinform the American public into quiescently giving up their constitutional rights to gun ownership and possession. And never forget that Obama and his gun-hating administration had what they believed was a clever, fail-safe, fall- back position: if they were exposed they could always point to Project Gunrunner and blame everything on Bush.
When you're talking to those liberal co-workers and family members who buy into this garbage and try to blame Bush, ask them this: how many people, American or Mexican, died as a result of the Bush program?
And then ask how many have died because of Fast & Furious?
*A semi-automatic weapon fires only one projectile per each separate trigger pull.
**A fully-automatic weapon fires continuously as long as the trigger is depressed-a machine gun to the civilian mind.