This is the way the leadership of the Republican party thinks. It's insane.
This also shows the power of the NRA in American politics, and how it controls the Republican party (and far too many Democrats). The notion that the Bush administration started this policy, and the Obama administration continued it, in order to hope that Mexican drug cartels would get weapons and kill Americans, so that the administration could then crack down on all Americans and their guns, is beyond bizarre.
Not to mention, the deaths happened. So where was the Obama administration's power grab to repeal the Second Amendment? At least the 9/11 Truthers, for all their craziness, claim a post hoc that actually happened, we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. Where's Issa's post hoc?
Issa, speaking to the NRA faithful, advanced the baseless and reckless conspiracy theory that the Obama administration intentionally lost track of guns sold through the program in order to boost gun violence and clear the way for an assault weapons ban. Issa posed this as a rhetorical question and then answered it:Oh, right it won't happen until the second term. Right. The fact that Democrats haven't done squat to take away your guns - and they should take them away - is proof that they're trying to take away your guns.
They've never answered the question, "What were they thinking of?" Could it be that what they really were thinking of was in fact to use this walking of guns in order to promote an assault weapons ban. Many think so. And they haven't come up with an explanation that would cause any of us not to agree.Later in the interview, Issa suggested that the Obama administration let people die in order to promote gun control and then described Fast and Furious explicitly as part of a larger assault on the Second Amendment:
We have to expect law enforcement to hold us accountable under fair laws but also hold the bad guys accountable rather than allowing bad things to happen and justifying new laws against law-abiding citizens. […]
This administration has trampled on the Constitution, on the First Amendment, on religious rights, and if you don’t think that this Fast and Furious and things like it are the beginning of an attack in the second term on the Second Amendment, you really haven’t evaluated this president.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
And freaking nuts.