It would seem that the “American guns are fueling Mexican crime” meme (which by the way, is a complete fabrication) has managed to make it’s way all the way to the top, as Attorney General
Lando CalrissianEric Holder used it as part of his justification for “renewing the assault weapons ban“. Thanks to Tam for the link, we see the following lines from AG Holder:
“I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum.” Holder said at a news conference on the arrest of more than 700 people in a drug enforcement crackdown on Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S.
Mexican government officials have complained that the availability of sophisticated guns from the United States have emboldened drug traffickers to fight over access routes into the U.S.
Of course, the very next thing he says is that the cartels in Mexico have been using “automatic weapons and grenades”, which is a direct quote. Now, Mr. Attorney General, seeing as it’s your job to enforce the laws of the land, maybe you know those automatic weapons sure didn’t come from here, and if they did then IT’S ALREADY ILLEGAL ANYWAY.
So here we are, barely a month into the new administration, and the spectre of a new ban has already reared its ugly head. I do sincerely hope that Congress learned from 1994, where an assault weapons ban cost a lot of them their jobs. The “blue dogs” that ran as pro-gun Democrats are going to have to quite literally “stick to their guns”.
I strongly encourage everyone to start writing, faxing, and emailing your reps right now – don’t wait until the legislation exists, but start now telling them that you oppose, and they should strongly oppose any legislation to ban assault weapons or to further restrict the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.