The National Rifle Association is behind the electronic lynching of Attorney General Eric Holder at the hands of Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee.
Wayne LaPierre, the paranoid dictator of the NRA (and a good bit of the GOP congress), cooked up a delusional fantasy that goes like this:
President Obama wants to ban assault weapons so he ordered Holder to order the ATF to "walk guns" to Mexico drug cartels under the "Fast & Furious" code name. The ensuing violence, so LaPierre's conspiracy theory goes, would generate a huge public outcry for gun control.
Issa's committee got the message and voted to hold Holder in contempt of congress. And the NRA is telling lawmakers it's "scoring" their contempt votes, just in case they fail to do Wayne-o's bidding.
Now the facts:
1) Obama was inaugurated in 2009.
2) Fast & Furious was a 2006 initiative the ATF undertook with the approval of Michael Mukasey, the Bush administration AG.
3) It went predictably bad. A U.S. Border Patrol officer died in a gun battle in which one of the walked weapons was evidently used to kill him.
4) Holder put a stop to Fast & Furious.
5) Obama has never offered any legislation to control weapons of any kind. Only LePierre seems to know about Obama's sinister plot to lull gun owners to sleep.
If Issa was serious about a real investigation into Fast & Furious he would have called Mukasey to testify. But he's not serious. He's just a pathetic imitation of Joe McCarthy. Right after his committee did what the NRA wanted, Issa was on Fox reciting the LaPierre fairy tale chapter and verse, with El Rushbo and Fox piling on.
Last October, LePierre said "gun owners aren't stupid," something he clearly does not believe. LaPierre thinks he can concoct and charge the president with an outlandish scheme that has no basis in reality and his 4 million members will believe him, such is LePierre's contempt for their intelligence.