RUSH: April 16, 2009. This from CNN’s website: “Reviving a ban on assault weapons and more strictly enforcing existing gun laws could help tamp down drug violence that has run rampant on the US-Mexican border, President Obama said Thursday. Speaking alongside Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama said he has ‘not backed off at all’ on a campaign pledge to try to restore the ban. It was instituted under President Clinton and allowed to lapse by President George W. Bush.
‘I continue to believe that we can respect and honor the Second Amendment right in our Constitution — the rights of sportsmen and hunters and homeowners that want to keep their families safe — to lawfully bear arms, while dealing with assault weapons that, as we know here in Mexico, are used to fuel violence,’ Obama said. … Calderon said that the link between Mexican drug violence and the US ban on 19 types of military-style semi-automatic rifles — which lapsed in 2004 — is clear. ‘From the moment the the prohibition on the sale of assault weapons was lifted a few years ago, we have seen an increase in the power of organized crime in Mexico,’ Calderon said. He said that more than 16,000 assault weapons have been seized in the crackdown on drug traffickers, with almost 9 in 10 coming from the United States.”
This was Fast and Furious. They were describing it to us. April 16th, 2009, they’re describing a program here that’s in progress, and they’re acting like they know nothing about it. “Some observers have said Obama may be slow to reintroduce the ban in Congress, where it would be sure to spark a fight at a time when his administration needs all the political clout it can muster to push its aggressive economic recovery efforts.”
So, “Obama, Calderon: Assault-Gun Ban Could Curb Border Violence … Obama said he has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to study how current gun laws are enforced and whether loopholes in some can be tightened. He said laws already on the books should restrict the flow of weapons into Mexico.” A-ha. And there’s the rub. There he is standing next to Calderon, and he said laws already on the books should restrict the flow of weapons. Well, then here comes Fast and Furious, with our people walking the guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels as part of a federal program. Obama had already said, “Well, yeah, existing law to handle it.” But existing law didn’t handle it, did it, because of Fast and Furious.
The whole point, don’t forget, the whole point of Fast and Furious was to create mayhem in Mexico among drug cartels with American-made weapons easily procured so that you and I would stand up in outrage and demand tighter gun laws. It was deceitful. It was sneaky. It was going against the will of the American people. It was liberalism on parade. It’s who these people are. They want tighter gun laws. Folks, I want to make this as simple as I can. They created crimes. There’s no other way to characterize this. They created, they manufactured crime. They enabled crimes. They saw to it that American guns ended up in Mexican drug cartel hands. And, of course, those people get the guns, they use them. When, in fact, it probably was difficult for the drug cartels to get the guns. It probably was not easy for the drug cartels to get the guns. Certainly not walking into gun stores in Phoenix and elsewhere, then crossing the border.
So they set that up. They created crimes. It would be no different than if they wanted to ban airplanes, to engineer a bunch of crashes. I’m trying to think of a smart analogy to give you. If this bunch wanted all airplanes grounded, sabotage a bunch so they crash, and the people of the country demand that all airplanes be grounded. They wanted these guns that were used in these crimes to come from America. They made it easy for the drug cartels to get American guns. Here’s the Washington Post story. The headline of this: “For Obama, Calderon, a Meeting of Minds.” It’s from 2009 and the subhead for this story could be: “The reasons for Fast and Furious.”
“On his first presidential visit to Mexico, Obama praised Calderon for taking on the drug cartels, whose potent arsenals and economic power are threatening the integrity of the Mexican state. Obama announced that he will push the US Senate to ratify an inter-American arms-trafficking treaty. But Obama indicated that while he favors reinstating the U.S. ban on assault weapons … the move would face too much political opposition to happen soon.” So he couldn’t do a ban. This is the reason for Fast and Furious. Politically, a ban on assault weapons wouldn’t work. But he still wanted a ban.
So how to do it? Well, you put the weapons you want to ban in the hands of the bad guys and turn ’em loose. It’s all this is. And now the documents that document this or prove it, Darrell Issa’s committee wants them, and Obama has asserted executive privilege to prevent the Congress from seeing them. It’s really no more complicated than that. Obama wants an assault weapons ban, he can’t politically get it because it’s not popular, so he tries to effect it anyway. It’s kind of like if you’re NBC and you want to illustrate that certain trucks are dangerous. You put an explosive in a gas tank, and then you turn on the truck and remotely drive it down the road. Then you trigger the explosive remotely, the truck blows up, and you claim the truck’s dangerous. Then you get the truck off the road. But it’s only dangerous ’cause you at NBC blew it up. NBC did that for a TV show. They blew up a truck on purpose and made the viewer think it was spontaneous combustion. NBC did it.