A binational task force on U.S - Mexico border issues will call Friday on the Obama administration and Congress to reinstate an expired ban on assault weapons and for Mexico to overhaul its frontier police and customs agencies to mirror the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The recommendations are among a broad set of security, trade, development and environmental proposals that come as President Obama and his Mexicans counterpart, Felipe Calderón, move to deepen engagement on issues including economic recovery, climate change, illegal immigration and narcotics trafficking.
Now there's a shocker. There's more to it than guns. These folks are actually interested in immigration, climate change and economic recovery. I thought it was all about the guns.
Mexican officials want a ban, saying that 90 percent of guns seized in drug crimes in Mexico and submitted for tracing to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives originate in the United States, including most assault rifles.
Is anyone still complaining about this? I've noticed in the recent reports, everyone is careful to include the key phrase, "submitted for tracing," or something like it. Is that good enough? Or do you think it's still an attempt to mislead?
Is this very different from that video Sebastian posted the other day in which the speaker said "every single gun transfer requires a background check?" In that case he didn't even qualify it with a parenthetical phrase, we had to understand he was talking about sales from licensed dealers and not including private transactions in his remark. I actually found that quite misleading, but it was my mistake as pointed out by Mr. S.
The problem remains however about how to define "assault weapon." My pro-gun friends have convinced me it's not possible. Why do these politicians persist?
The article pointed out another thing that is sometimes overlooked in these discussions of Mexico. In that country they have strict gun control. When that is mentioned it's usually an attempt to prove that gun laws don't work. But, I say it proves just the opposite. Like Chicago and New York City, the fact that Mexico has strict gun control laws means the folks who want guns have to bring them in from outside. That's why people blame the U.S. for Mexico's gun problem. That's why people blame the "iron pipeline" through which flows a continuous supply of guns to Chicago and New York for their gun problems. Does that make sense?
The solution is obvious. Something needs to be done at the source of these guns.
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