Rush Limbaugh Recognizes Buried Truth Behind Fast and Furious ‘Gunwalking’

By David Codrea

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Rush Limbaugh understands the motives behind ATF’s criminal Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking,” and has the media reach to significantly override the prevailing “botched gun sting” misdirection.
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USA –  -( “Part of the plan was to have those weapons bought — this was key — they had to be bought in America, traceably bought in American gun stores,” Rush Limbaugh told listeners to his Monday broadcast. He was speaking about Fast and Furious “gunwalking,” and the reason behind it that has been deliberately obscured by the “mainstream press.”

“Those guns ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels,” Limbaugh explained.

“So the way they do it is to try to create a mass hysteria,” he elaborated. “The program backfired because it was discovered.”

Yes, it was, and if any are interested in the early reporting on how that happened, including efforts to get the story noticed by Senate Judiciary, House Oversight, and the media, a little-noticed (and deliberately ignored) documented record exists via the Internet Archive/Wayback Machine. And within the compilation of stories included in that link are reports from early January, 2011, when a whistleblower source claimed exactly what Limbaugh is publicly recognizing now:

Coming next will be more info on what the agents refer to as the Phoenix ATF office ‘walking across’ ARs and AKs to pad their statistics…

Unsurprisingly, “progressives” such as the George Soros-funded “Think Progress” made no mention of this corroborating insider source, instead dismissing such claims as “wild conspiracy theory.” Also unsurprisingly – but disappointingly – the mainstream press has helped mask real motives by directing attention away from them using the ubiquitous “botched gun sting” excuse as the explanation for what went wrong. Go ahead and click on that last link to see for yourself how successful they’ve been at propagating that perception.

What those who employ Alinsky Rule 5 Ridicule, and those who promulgate the ridiculous “botched sting” contrivance fail to account for, is how you can carry out a sting when you have included no mechanism to conduct it in your design. Guns were allowed to be bought by straw purchasers and then allowed to cross the border and disappear without a trace. The only way they would be “found” again would be through crime scene recoveries, meaning oftentimes next to bodies.

Those behind the scheme knew that. They were counting on it. And what does that say about the success of the”progressive” deception machine that those cynically willing to accept hundreds of dead Mexicans (and rising) in order to advance an agenda enjoy overwhelming political support from that demographic?

Colleague Kurt Hofmann came up with a great analogy, inspired by, of all things, the underpants gnomes on “South Park.” Their “business model” was explained in three phases:

Phase 1: Collect underpants.

Phase 2: ?

Phase 3: Profit.

Note Phase 2  is left completely unexplained.

Stupid, right? No more so than the “botched gun sting” misdirection, which Hofmann laid out using the same “logic” the media and all the “Gunwalker” apologists accept as the preferred explanation:

Phase 1: Encourage gun dealers (and sometimes pay them, as confidential informants) to sell guns to known traffickers

Phase 2: ?

Phase 3: Humbly accept plaudits as Mexican drug cartel comes crashing down.

What’s the difference?

It’s gratifying seeing a figure with major reach like Rush Limbaugh helping to spread the truth on this (although the phrase “Welcome to the party, pal” comes to mind).* It would also be gratifying to see activists who know the difference challenge the “botched gun sting” lie whenever the media or some politician trots it out.

Most helpful of all – especially when some “progressive” apparatchik plays the “right wing conspiracy theory” card to try and obfuscate the truth – would be to counter it. That can be done by showing the “padded statistics” allegation came not from “gun bloggers,” not from NRA, not from Republicans with a vendetta against Obama, but from an ATF insider.

It came from one of the same sources that helped bring this government-sanctioned criminal enterprise to light in the first damn place, one who was sick and tired of systemic, unaddressed agency waste, abuse, corruption and fraud.

* UPDATE: It looks like Limbaugh has been consistent on the “gun control” motive behind Fast and Furious for years, so I apologize for my wrong assumption:

So it looks to me like they wanted to put American-bought guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels in order to outrage the American public so that you, upon hearing of all this mayhem, would finally understand that our government laws are too lax and need to be tightened down. Particularly on these kinds of guns, assault weapons, because this had failed in Congress.

David Codrea in his natural habitat.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Respecting firearms enforcement, they are involved with things totally unrelated to firearmarms and ammunition the
ATF or more properly, and lately the BATFE is a Scumbag Outfit and always has been. The criminal fiasco that was, is and will remain Operation Fast and Furious is simply one of their more recent debacles. Sad to note, it seems like they and those who set their agenda will once again, slip into the night, unpunished, leaving behind, a great crying mess.


“The only people who do not want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” – obama


Limbaugh only became aware of Fast and Furious thanks to Vanderbough and the author of this article. Without them, he would have never heard of it. Period.


The then president of Mexico, during a meeting with then President Reagan, where our president chided the Mexican official over crooked Mexican officals and drug smugglers noted in response that “the customers were in the U.S.” Respecting our Operation Fast and Furious, presidents of Mexico could legitimately point out that there were at least a few officials in the U.S. government that were quite willing to violate the hell out of U.S. law. They would be right on point too, and could have added that they do so without punishment when found out. In other words, while there is corruption… Read more »


Saaaay, wasn’t it our illustrious then-Secretary of State Clinton the She one of the early promoters of the “90% of Mexican crime guns come from US gun stores” a while before the lid flew off F&F? Her great pal Vicente the Foxx was early in on that meme, too… I recall his dressing down our COngress for “allowing” all those nasty Black and Ugly Guns (each ONE with the dread “shoulder thing that goes up”) to be illegally sold into his country by American gun owners. The whiles that wretched “el presidente” ignored the FACT that his own military were… Read more »


Limbaugh knew and said this YEARS ago. Nothing new here.


The Clinton/Obama Machine at it’s finest. To reference the title of a book that came out a few years back, And The Band Played On, which some might find interesting.

D. Murphy

The whole thing was designed to allow Obama to to create a straw man so he could claim the need for more gun control.

Robert Moran

I believe Limbaugh reported on Fast and Furious accurately prior tp the last presidential election. He archives everything. I’m not Rush 24 member so I don’t have access to those transcripts. Would someone who does please check and report the findings here? I believe Hannity and Levin also covered Fast and Furiuos extensively prior to the last election. I seem to remember Cal. Rep Issa taking forever to get nowhere and Greta on Fox bitching about no subpoena’s being issued. I might be mixing Oversight, Way and Means, the IRS and Benghazi into the same corrupt stew. My point is… Read more »


You beat me to it (as usual). As a long time Rush listener (since circa 1990) I was going to say he had Fast and Furious figured out from the very beginning.
Like he says, he knows liberals (read: Statist-Marxists) like every square inch of his glorious, naked body).

Woody W Woodward

Limbaugh has finally begin to realize that BATF was trying to make the 90% lie come true by padding the books. It’s disappointing that it took him 5(+) years to wake up and smell the feces.


Limbaugh has been ahead of the ‘Leftist Curve’ since 1988. He lives ‘rent free’ in Obama’s head. LOL


We all owe a huge debt of gratitude for codrea and mike breaking the story and keeping it alive. It literally put the gun banners on the defensive, and bought us enough time to escape the obama admin without mass registration or another rifle ban. It is a shame they didn’t get the credit they deserve for such a huge story. Spread this story far and wide. Share it on social media, send it to the nra, send it to drudge, send it to the goa, send it to rush, send it to trump, tweet it, facebook it, etc. Credit… Read more »


“Welcome to the party, pal” comes to mind.” -I can still hear Mike saying this.

Remember David, truth means nothing to these traitors in their empire of lies. Thanks for the heads up.