‘‘The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.’’ — James Earl Jones, Actor
The Obama administration and Eric Holder didn’t think the sh*t storm that the announcement of a new assault weapons ban started would be as bad as it is. The effect of this not so, *great idea* to stop crime has backfired. I’m sure they figured that Obama’s popularity would surely protect them.
Holder, under extreme criticism from all sides has decided to back away from this ban. But do not rest easy, they’ll figure out another way to come at it.
You could tell that Eric Holder was all full of himself when he first proposed this ban. But after a few weeks of being come at from all sides, the Obama administration and Holder have decided not to go this route. Looks like someone still has some clout. Glad to see that some sense has manifested. Don’t be fooled though, there are other ways to go about making it next to impossible to own a gun. Like this story:
But let’s be clear on WHY Eric Holder is so dead set on getting rid of guns. He was a Superior Court Judge in D.C. Having been told by the Supreme Court that D.C.’s gun ban was unconstitutional, Holder has had it out for all guns PERIOD! The man is a menace. He doesn’t deserve to be Attorney General with his own agendas being first on his mind.
The Lou Dobbs show covered this last night. I’m thankful that someone out there is a gun advocate!
DOBBS: New disclosures tonight that Attorney General Eric Holder may be backing away from his earlier promises to curtail our constitutional rights to bear arms; the attorney general recently blaming American weapons for Mexico’s deadly drug violence. He claimed a new ban on so-called assault weapons in the United States could reduce the flow of weapons to Mexico’s drug cartels.
Louise Schiavone has our report.
LOUISE SCHIAVONE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Attorney General Eric Holder’s early intentions to attack Mexico’s cross-border violence with a U.S. ban on assault weapons have hit the back burner. What happened? Tough Congressional push-back for one.
REP. LAMAR SMITH (R), TEXAS: I think many members of Congress, probably a majority, have real problems with an administration who using drug violence along the border as an excuse for gun control. It’s like they have a hidden agenda, and we’re very aware of it.
SCHIAVONE: Lamar Smith is the house judiciary committee’s top Republican. But there are 65 house Democrats who have written to Attorney General Holder warning, quote, “We would actively appose any effort to reinstate the 1994 ban or to pass any similar laws,” end quote. In the senate, Montana Democrats John Tester and Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus have advised the attorney general, quote, “We will appose any legislation that will infringe upon the rights of individual gun owners” end quote. The National Rifle Association says the public should be clear about the weapons themselves.
WAYNE LAPIERRE, NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: This so-called assault weapons ban thing is a fraud on the American public. It was lied in the law by having them believe they were machine guns or they were more powerful or they sprayed bullets or they were weapons of war like our soldiers used when they weren’t any of that. The lie got found out. That’s why Congress let it expire.
SCHIAVONE: But in Mexico City today, Secretary of STATE CLINTON said that while the ban was in effect, police were able to drive down crime.
Analysts say the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Washington D.C.’s 32-year-old handgun ban has made reinstituting the assault weapons ban tougher.
CULLY STIMSON, HERITAGE FOUNDATION: What’s interesting is, how quickly he put that idea out there and how quickly he pulled it back. It tells you that it’s a very politically sensitive issue even for this administration.
SCHIAVONE: Lou, not to be dismissed by a White House determined to succeed, the fact that when Congress approved the assault weapons ban in 1994, Democrats lost 54 house seats — Lou?
DOBBS: And the message is still very clear. And the cavalier way in which Eric Holder, the attorney general, brought up the assault weapons ban reinstitution idea gives you very clear evidence, if we needed it, as to how opposed this administration is to the second amendment and how supportive our Congress remains to the second amendment rights of the American citizens.
Thank you very much. Appreciate it.
I have a message for Clinton, “Don’t you dare apologize to Mexico for this country or its citizens!”
I started looking for evidence of crime reports from 1999 through today for proof that *assault weapons* by citizens were responsible for the guns flooding Mexico. I found a very interesting report done and released from the Federal Research Division in 2003. You can find the full report here: It states on page 5 under Key Headings:
Mexico’s drug trafficking and alien smuggling networks have expanded their criminal activities aimed at the United States by capitalizing on the explosive growth of transborder commerce under NAFTA and the attendant growth in human and merchandise traffic between Mexico and the United States. The growth in trans-border commerce, as manifested in soaring levels of overland passenger and commercial vehicle traffic, has provided an ever-expanding “haystack” in which the “needles” of illicit narcotics and illegal aliens can be more easily concealed.
A variety of Russian criminal organizations, operating through dozens of small cells, are engaged in a wide range of illegal activities in Mexico. Some Russian criminal organizations based in southern California have entered into drug trafficking partnerships with Mexican drug cartels.
Asian criminal organizations are active in Mexico as partners with domestic alien smuggling and human trafficking rings, as suppliers of primary materials for narcotics to Mexican drug traffickers, and as wholesalers and retailers of counterfeit merchandise and pirated intellectual property.
During the late 1990s, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)clandestine arms smuggling and drug trafficking established a partnership with the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix Organization (AFO).
Statements by high-ranking Mexican officials prior to and following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks indicate that one or more Islamic extremist organizations has sought to establish a presence in Mexico.
Since 1999, trans-border criminal organizations based in Mexico have adapted to meet a variety of opportunities and challenges. Mexico’s drug trafficking networks, in particular, consolidated their position as the primary suppliers of Colombian cocaine and other illegal narcotics to the western and midwestern United States. They were aided in this endeavor by the explosive growth of transborder commercial activity under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the attendant growth in human and merchandise traffic between Mexico and the United States.
As you can see from this federal report, the President, his administration, and other officials have known exactly where and how the criminal element has been coming from and what is going on. Guns from Colombia have been flowing in Mexico. But most important of all is the finger pointing directly at NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement!!!
The report says that Russian Mafia type gangs:
Interpol reports indicate that a variety of Russian criminal organizations, operating through dozens of small cells, are engaged in a wide range of illegal activities in Mexico. Russian mafia groups such as the Poldolskaya, Mazukinskaya, Tambovskaya, and Izamailovskaya have been detected in Mexico. The Moscow-based Solntsevskaya gang is also reported to be present in the country, as are other mafia gangs from Chechnya, Georgia, Armenia, Lithuania, Poland Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Albania, and Rumania. Their major activities include drug and arms trafficking, money laundering, prostitution, trafficking in women from Eastern and Central Europe and Russia, alien smuggling, kidnapping, and creditcard fraud.
But Mexico insists that guns are flowing from these united States??? Someone is scamming us! And it sure looks to be both Mexico AND the last 2 Administrations!!! The report goes on to say:
In a July 1997 story, the Mexico City daily Reforma reported that narcotics kingpin Amado Carillo Fuentes had traveled to Moscow in February 1997 to explore the possibility of expanding his operations into Russia. The Reforma story also claimed that Russian and Armenian crime groups based in southern California had entered into distribution arrangements with Mexican drug traffickers in the mid-1990s.
Gosh, I’m starting to see why all the members of Congress from California are so soft on illegals. They must be in business with these organized crime syndicates. Now, isn’t that an eye opener???
In December 1997, Reforma reported that U.S. intelligence agencies had detected a partnership between the Tijuana-based Arellano-Felix Organization (AFO) and Russian mafia groups based in southern California. In a separate story, Reforma reported that members of the KGB-affiliated Kurganskaya group in San Diego had met with AFO operative Humberto Rodríguez Banuelos as early as January 1992.
And here we go with an arms deal to blow you away:
In February 1998, Reforma reported that the Russian mafia was supplying Mexican drug traffickers with radars, automatic weapons, grenade launchers, and small submersibles in exchange for cocaine, amphetamines, and heroin. It cited a 1996 sting operation in which undercover DEA agents posing as Russian mafia members sold Carillo Fuentes operatives 300 AK-47s and ammunition in Costa Rica.
So, now we know exactly how these gangs are getting their weapons, from whom, how much, and what. They aren’t coming from regular dealers or American Citizens, but either from government sting operations or from other countries. Does it ever make you mad that they lie to us so much? It makes me furious!
All who own a gun should read this report and be aware of its findings. Those that wish to take our weapons from us will not be stopped just because they have been met with such an overwhelming negative response, they will simply try again later. An uploaded copy of the pdf document can be had here: orgcrime_mexico
It isn’t that I don’t trust them not to take the article down or anything… Ok, I don’t trust them. That’s why a saved copy is available here. Another fascinating report can be found here:
The Misuse of BATF Firearms Tracing Data
David B. Kopel [a1]
In ancient Greece, priests would slaughter a sacrificial animal, and then carefully examine the animal’s entrails. The priests and their followers both believed that by “reading entrails,” one could forecast the future. This process, fortunately, has become less messy these days: rather than using entrails, our modern fact-inventors use something much cleaner, but no more reliable: trace data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (“BATF”). Today, powerful leaders also make unsupportable claims based on “information” which was never intended to be used in such a manner.
Almost every major firearms control proposal (including “assault weapons” bans, the Brady Act, gun purchase rationing, bans on small handguns, and eliminating home-based firearms dealers) is touted on the basis of the “scientific” evidence provided by BATF traces. The staff of Representative Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) earned itself a large amount of favorable publicity in 1997 by using BATF traces to create what Representative Schumer called “the first study that shows conclusively that gun control works.” Unfortunately, BATF tracing data was never intended to be used for policy guidance and is unsuitable for that purpose. To build the case for a particular gun law on the basis of BATF traces is to admit that there is no relevant data to support the law.
Read the rest of the report. It is excellent. The report goes on to state that only a fraction of the guns confiscated by police are ever traced by the BATFE. With such incomplete data used to create laws, the laws are based on essentially bogus data that doesn’t exist. It compares the FBI’s system of Uniform Crime Reporting and the BATFE’s nonexistent system. Yet Congress is basing decisions on gun legislation on this incomplete, nonexistent analysis. <shaking my head> Wonders never cease when one considers the stupidity of government groups.
Jeffrey Roth of the University of Pennsylvania also weighed in on statements that secretary of State Hillary Clinton made from Mexico. He said that she overstated quite a bit on how much of an effect the assault weapons ban had on crime reduction prior to Congress letting the ban lapse. He said that most of the crime reduction could be put to the fact that there was a long period of prosperity and growth which played a greater part in this than did the 2% reduction in crime they could lay at the feet of the assault weapons ban. He did studies on the assault ban for both the Department of Justice and Congress.
Then we have Professor George Grayson from the College of William & Mary who stated that he felt the men and women of Washington were literally, and figuratively, whistling past the graveyard when it came to the reality of the drug cartels. Professor Grayson is an expert on U.S. and Mexico relations. He felt Mexico’s economy would fall 2%-4% which would cause even more illegals to come across the border.
At a recent Senate hearing with the dept. of Homeland Security an official from DHS said he didn’t seem to think it was that big a deal. He didn’t have any recommendations for more laws. And Mr. Goddard felt it would be more helpful to stiffen our money transmission rules.
It seems that Clinton was grand-standing for the benefit of Mexico, not speaking any truth at all. A sad state of affairs when you think about transparency in the Obama administration. You can read the Lou Dobbs transcript of this tomorrow.
Campbell Brown talked to Anderson Cooper and asked if they even knew who the 6500 people were that were unclaimed and dead due to the drug cartel’s actions. The Mexican police didn’t have a clue. One would think that in this day and age they would at least have fingerprint technology and be able to say WHO was dead.
Mexico is out of control and pointing fingers everywhere but where the issues truly lay, in their own back yard. There is no proof that guns are flowing from these united States into Mexico. Just the opposite, there is plenty of room to look to other countries for arms dealings.