The Fast and Furious gun running scheme may have been part of a secret anti-gun conspiracy on the part of the Obama administration. According to Rush Limbaugh, and many on the right, the Obama administration planned to flood Mexico with guns in order to create violence and outrage on the part of the American public.
With the public outraged over the gun violence, the Obama administration could then bypass Congress and find a regulatory means of restricting the Second Amendment rights of American citizens. In this way, critics claim, President Obama planned to once again end-run the Constitution and impose his will on the American people simply by issuing another Executive Order.
According to Eric Holder, the Obama Administration's Attorney General, the botched operation was the Justice Department's attempt to track weapons to the Mexican cartels. Holder stated that the U.S. hoped it could gain intelligence in order to break up the Mexican drug gangs that are responsible for most of the violence along the U.S.-Mexican border. However, when two of the weapons were found at the scene of the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, a Congressional investigation was launched.
Yesterday, the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over requested documents pertaining to the DOJ's knowledge of the operation. And in a dramatic turn of events, the Obama Administration inserted itself directly into the scandal by extending Executive Privilege to the documents in question.
This has given ammunition to those who promote the theory that President Obama, Eric Holder, and the Department of Justice were all involved in a secret conspiracy to take away the rights of American gun-owners. Detractors also claim that recent actions by the Obama administration have, when viewed in totality, prove that the current administration has little respect for the Constitution and a great deal of respect for its own leftist ideology.
Some claim that the administration's issuing of orders forcing religious institutions to violate their beliefs by providing reproductive services is yet an example of President Obama overstepping his Constitutional authority. While another may be the President's recent Constitutionally questionable Executive Order stopping the deportations of certain illegal aliens.
These issues will have to be decided by the Judicial branch of government, but whatever the decision, it is undeniable that President Obama has enacted many of his policies through Executive Orders and administrative regulations. The question then arises that if the President has demonstrated his willingness to bypass Congress and the Constitution to enact the policies he believes are best for the American people, then would he do it again when it comes to guns?
Rush Limbaugh and many on the right believe it and that this is the reason that President Obama has invoked Executive Privilege to stop the release of Department of Justice documents. And since Executive Privilege only extends to communications involving President Obama, then it is logical to assume that the President may have been involved.
Of course, if the plan all along was to flood Mexico with weapons in an effort to use the resulting violence to restrict second amendment rights, then the Fast and Furious debacle has unwittingly exposed another attempt to restrict the rights of Americans by the President of the United States.