Last week, Member Barfly wrote a post positing that ATF's Operation Fast & Furious existed to put guns in the hands of Mexican criminals who would use them to kill victims south of the border. Then, when the guns were recovered by authorities at crime scenes, and demonstrated to have come from America, the outrage generated would provide the Obama administration a convenient reason to pursue gun control laws here at home. That explanation has all the trimmings of a conspiracy theory — it's pretty complicated and exceedingly wicked. And that level of nefariousness is just not something that most of us are willing to attribute to the U.S. government, regardless of the administration in charge.
"The premise is that somehow letting these guns go across the border resulted in this tragic death," Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol. "[But] people kill people, not guns, I'm told on a regular basis.
"And controlling guns – whether it's assault weapons or others – would not solve the problem, I am told by some," he added, referring to gun-reform critics. "So such legislation is not necessary because it is people who kill people. I hope you see the contradiction in the positions being taken.
"The fact of the matter is this life was tragically lost because there are some criminals on both sides of the border who facilitate violent criminal behavior," Hoyer said.
I already felt profoundly uneasy before I read Hoyer's remarks, but if his sentiments are widespread throughout his party, I fear that the worst explanation possible is indeed probable.