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Video: How Pro-Gun Blogger Michael Vanderboegh Started the 'Fast and Furious' Scandal

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On Wednesday night’s 'The Rachel Maddow Show,' host Rachel Maddow said that the 'Fast and Furious' scandal started with Alabama militiaman Michael Vanderboegh, a pro-gun blogger, who previously called for violence when Obamacare passed in 2010 (video below).

Maddow said that Vanderboegh cooked up the conspiracy fantasy that 'Fast and Furious' was part of President Barack Obama’s master plan to take away America’s guns.

'Operation Fast and Furious' was actually a plan begun under the Bush administration that intentionally allowed unauthorized guns to be sold with the intention of following those guns and seeing if they would lead to Mexican drug cartels.

According to Vanderboeg, Democrats were using this Bush plan to somehow create massive gun control in the U.S.

Vanderboeg wrote on his blog: “If there weren’t enough semi-auto ‘assault rifles’ in Mexico, the ATF could fix that. And the murders would follow, justifying the policy change of cracking down on ‘assault rifles,’ gun shows and the like.'”

 Vanderboegh has gained a following that includes Republicans such as Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who have parroted Vanderboegh's claims. 

Rep. Issa recently held a sub-committee vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

Maddow added:  “If it doesn’t sound like it makes sense. It’s because it doesn’t make sense.”

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