Friday, February 27, 2009

Holder's Straw-Man: GUNS!! And US CITIZENS!!

Demonstrating that two (or more) can play the straw-man game, Eric Holder, our new Attorney-General, lies for the cameras.

Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border

...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

"Sophisticated guns"?

Quoting a State Department release:

"Some recent Mexican army and police confrontations with drug cartels have resembled small-unit combat, with cartels employing automatic weapons and grenades," the warning said.

Owen picked this up yesterday, and it is clear that there's a load of crappy-crap-crap in the Holder logic-bin.


Any automatic weapon is subject to National Firearms Act regulation. You can't just go into a store and buy automatic weapons in the U.S. There is a procedure, involving background checks, fingerprinting, a several month wait, signoff by your police chief, sheriff, or other chief law enforcement officer. In many states, it isn't even possible--state law either has additional restrictions or completely prohibits it. Further: ... new manufacture of automatic weapons for civilian ownership is unlawful--and as a result, legal automatic weapons are hideously expensive.

In contrast, one can purchase full-auto AK's overseas for a couple of hundred bucks.

And "grenades"????

Hand grenades aren't even as available as automatic weapons. I suppose in theory that they are considered destructive devices and there might be a way to get a license for them...I have never seen a live hand grenade offered for sale.

Let's face it. There are at least two Mexican provinces that are ruled by drug cartels (one borders West Texas.) This is a MEXICAN problem, not a US problem.

Holder's solution is to prevent US citizens from obtaining weapons.

Most people who read this blog understand that the Second Amendment is in place to make sure that folks such as Holder and Obama don't get too big for their britches. Holder's foofoodust strawman 'it's OUR fault' doesn't play where actual logic is used.

Holder's concerns about the exercise of the 2A are valid. He'd like you to think it's all about Mexico.

It ain't.


Anonymous said...

I agree with what you wrote about the guns. I think the U.S. really has to start worrying about Mexico's problems, though. Mexican drug crime is already spilling over the border. Last year, Phoenix, AZ, actually had the second most kidnappings in the WORLD, after Mexico City. A failed narco state on our southern border is a real possibility, and it ain't a pretty thought.

robotsoul said...

I feel the same way. We can't lose rights because the Mexican government has failed. But that doesn't erase the fact that these problems are bleeding across the border there is a good story about it at Something like 90% of guns used by the cartel came from the U.S. And body counts are on the rise in Mexico and in border states. We need to secure our borders... though we would probably need guns to do so... just a guess