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27 February, 2009

Gun control for Mexico's sake...

Not surprisingly, it has been in the news recently that President Obama's administration has expressed interest in reinstituting the assault weapons ban that was put in place by Clinton in 1994 and expired in 2004. We all saw it coming, which is why gun and ammo sales have exploded so rapidly these past few months. But, what is surprising is what Attorney General Eric Holder stated recently was one of the reasons the administration was considering the move.

According to Holder, it is being considered-- at least in part-- to appease the Mexican government as officials there believe it could help to stem the tide of violence in that country. Yes, you heard that right - for the first time in history that I am aware of our elected leaders are about to infringe on the constitutional rights of American citizens in order to do a favor for outsiders.

Now, don't get me wrong; I feel for the people of Mexico. They are, by and large, good folks being forced to live at the mercy of rampaging criminal gangs with no help from their own government. Mexico is on the verge of being a failed state, whether their president cares to admit it or not. Violence there is out of control as drug cartels run amok, targeting state and law enforcement officials and threatening schoolchildren in an effort to extort Christmas pay bonuses from their teachers. It's a mess down there and it needs fixing. But, how much good do you really think is going to come to Mexico by denying a rifle to an American in North Carolina or Virginia?

While I'm sure there are instances of weapons being purchased in, say, El Paso and then smuggled across the border into Juarez, to how much of the violence is this honestly making a noticeable contribution? And, rather than ban the sale of the weapons outright, what are the current regulations regarding bulk sales? The guy who wants an AR-15 doesn't scare me; it's the guy buying 10 I'm worried about.

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