Mexican President Calls For Reinstatement Of Failed Gun Ban
The president of Mexico encouraged Congress to reinstate the federal “assault weapon” ban and some are listening.
Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- On Thursday, Felipe Calderon, the president of Mexico, where prohibitive gun laws prevent good people from having firearms for protection against criminals and governments of dubious legitimacy (historically the norm in Mexico), encouraged Congress to reinstate the federal “assault weapon” ban.
With a warning seemingly designed to appeal to those who believe that speaking out against the Obama Administration’s policies are one step short of sedition or worse, Calderon said, “[I]f you do not regulate the sale of these weapons in the right way, nothing guarantees that criminals here in the United States with access to the same power of weapons will not decide to challenge American authorities and civilians.”
Calderon also misinformed Congress, claiming that violence in Mexico rose significantly after the U.S. ban expired in 2004.
In fact, Mexico’s murder rate has been stable since 2003 and remains well below rates recorded previously. However, he did not explain why violent crime has declined significantly in the U.S. since the ban expired, or how a ban on flash suppressors and bayonet mounts relates to drug thugs in Mexico or anywhere else.
Notwithstanding the Washington Post’s judgment that Calderon “made a powerful case,” we suspect his speech fell on mostly deaf ears in Congress and in Arizona, which he inappropriately criticized for having an illegal immigration enforcement law that is similar to Mexico’s.
But it had some effect, however. New York Democrat Rep. Carolyn McCarthy issued a statement incorrectly claiming that she has repeatedly introduced legislation to “reinstate” the ban. She has repeatedly introduced legislation, of course, but not to reinstate the ban. Rather, her bills have proposed to apply the “assault weapon” label to far more firearms than were covered by the expired ban, including the M1 Garand service rifle, the ubiquitous Ruger 10/22, and any semi-automatic shotgun or rifle a future attorney general might claim is not “sporting.”
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When did Mexico become a member of the UNITED STATES?
Tell ya what, there Mr. Calderon. Mind your own dang business and stop trying to force your problems on us. Settle your countries own affairs before you start dictating to others.
Good call there Pedro. I'm with you 100%.
The U.S. government should help out Felipe Calderon by stopping true assault rifles from being sent to Mexico.
The U.S. government needs to stop sending M16, missiles and grenades to Mexico, which only gets diverted to the gangs.
The U.S. needs to show Felipe Calderon that we believe in what he believes in, by adopting Mexico's laws on illegal immigration.
I am sorry about my mistake . Its 80,000,000 strong.
They (mexico) and our foreign ran congress can just want in one hand and crap in the other. The gun owners of AMERICA (1,000,000 strong) are not going give up our guns. And that is that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Again the NRA advocates upholding existing unconstitutional gun-control laws.
Fact: The NRA capitulated/compromised with Bill Clinton and anti-gun legislators to pass the original Assault Weapon Ban. Come clean, guys. It's kinda like AA, you have to admit your mistakes before anyone's gonna believe you are going to mend your ways.
How many murders are commited against the unarmed Mexican people each year???????? President Calderon needs to keep his old wrinkled butt south of the Reo Grande.
President Calderon should lead by example, sort out his own country's problems and show us dumb gringo's how it's done in a real country.
If these nuts want our guns , all they are after is money -power
and as long as we have our gune we have the Power someone needs to tell them to go eat a salad.