Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A nice change of pace...

Even with the most anti-gun administration in history, gun control still hasn't gained that much traction even as they have that much more leverage with the Mexico drug issue, and boy, are they getting frustrated!

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress may be alarmed by the surge in Mexican drug violence and its potential to spill across the border, but they grow silent when the talk turns to gun control as a solution.
Yet when Attorney General Eric Holder suggested reinstituting a U.S. ban on the sale of certain semiautomatic weapons, many lawmakers balked. The 1994 ban expired after 10 years.

I do find it rather puzzling though, how there haven't been any stories about how "lawmakers grow silent when the talk turns to drug legalization or tighter border security as a solution," though. And for as much talk about how the cartels get weapons such as grenades, rockets and such...why isn't there any talk about banning those? (Yes, I know, because they're already banned...that was a purely rhetorical question.) I did find this part of that story quite ironic...
Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., who chaired a hearing on guns going to Mexico, said he is not seeking widespread gun control but Congress must do something.
“We don’t want to get distracted by the gun industry lobby of the NRA trying to talk about (how) every attempt to bring some sanity to the situation is somehow an attempt to get rid of everybody’s Second Amendment rights,” he said. “That’s a red herring.”

...because the fact is, every single word, every single sentence spoken by our lawmakers in favor of another "assault weapons ban" is the true red herring here, as it's what distracts us from the real causes of the carnage south of the border — namely the corruption of the Mexican military that facilitates weaponry going to the drug gangs (no doubt some of which was purchased with Merida Initiative money from the United States), and the full-auto weaponry from China and Venezuela. And then there's the old "We must DO something!" canard, never mind that the government's "doing something" is part of what got us here in the first place. Not that I'd expect any different from a Northeastern Democrat, but still Mr. Tierney comes off as not having a clue as to what he's talking about. At any rate, another benefit of having our Republic of Texas back...we could militarize and fortify the border as much as we wanted to and those Washington leeches wouldn't be able to say a damn thing about it. Hey, a Texan can dream, can't he?