Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is pushing a new conspiracy theory. The Bush Administration started a program to catch Mexican gangs buying weapons in the U.S. and shipping them to Mexico. The program was a failure and was recently suspended. Republicans like Bachmann are trying to blame this program on the Obama Administration and claim that the real intent was to provide an excuse for tougher gun laws.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-MN claims that Attorney General Eric Holder was using the Fast and Furious gun running operation as a way to curb Second amendment rights.
The theory posed by some conservatives like Bachmann is that liberals will use the botched gun running investigation to begin a rallying cry for tougher gun control laws.
"No man is above the law. It doesn't matter if you are a janitor in a church basement or if you are the President of the United States, all of us have to be under the law and the same is true for Eric Holder," said Bachmann during an interview with Fox News.
Its a good thing for Bachmann that lying about the President and the Attorney General of the United States isn't a crime.
As far as I can tell, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is the creator of this conspiracy theory. If someone else actually invented it, Issa is the prime promoter. The only parts of the Fast and Furious conspiracy theory that is true is that the Bush Administration named it Fast and Furious, it was a failure and the Obama Administration ended the program.
In the Fox News article cited above, Bachmann goes on blame the media for not covering this story completely. Unfortunately for Bachmann, there doesn't appear to be much to cover ... as its been invented out of whole cloth.
Jon Stewart debunks it best:
In case you'd like more debunkification, here's more.