Newt Gingrich appeared on CNBC last night and argued, with a straight face, that the so-called "Fast and Furious" controversy was part of an elaborate ploy to enact gun control. He wasn't kidding.
As Gingrich sees it, the Bush and Obama administrations deliberately attempted misguided sting operations so there would be deadly gun violence along the U.S.-Mexican border, which in turn would repulse the American mainstream, which in turn would create a demand for gun-control legislation, which in turn would cause Congress to pass gun-control laws, which in turn would cause a breakdown of Second Amendment rights.
Well, you might be thinking, Newt Gingrich is, you know, Newt Gingrich. Surely more sensible and more responsible figures in American politics see this conspiracy theory as ridiculous. But therein lies the point: this crackpot idea is the basis for the "controversy" itself.
Republicans have been banging on the OBAMA IS COMING FOR YOUR GUNS drum now for four years, and yet it hasn't happened. Democrats haven't even tried to introduce any sort of gun control legislation, but the Republicans have now taken the controversy to the point of trying to remove the Attorney General through intimidation and threat of contempt of Congress.
The GOP has most of all declared war on anyone who isn't a Republican.