1 year, 1 month ago
There are plenty of reasons right here at home to support President Obama’s effort to reform the nation’s gun laws. But if Congress requires additional arguments, it should consider that easy access to guns is also undermining the United States’ avowed goal of combating drug trafficking and transnational gangs abroad.
The U.S. has sent nearly $2 billion in aid to Mexico since 2007, much of that as part of the Merida Initiative, a counter-narcotics program designed to provide aid and equipment for that country’s drug war. Yet that assistance has been undermined by lax U.S. gun laws, which allow members of the drug cartels and their associates to buy weapons here and smuggle them across the border. At least 68,000 of the firearms seized in Mexico between 2007 and 2011 — and probably quite a lot more — came from the United States, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The stricter gun laws proposed in recent weeks by the White House and some Democrats in Congress would help quell the flow.
This is a truly remarkable commentary. It’s amazing how the main stream media can put on time-blinders and forget or ignore the truth and reality of the current events. Commentaries like this are full of lies, and they know it. But the fact that all of America knows about the ATF criminality in Fast and Furious makes the LA Times commentary all the more stupid. Even the readers know that the Times is overreaching, and the editorial staff knows that Americans know it. And it still doesn’t embarrass them to publish tripe like this.
The problem isn’t that there is no security on the Southern border, or that the border patrol is being bribed and corrupted, or that they have pitiful rules for the use of force, or that the ATF has sent weapons to the cartels and continue to lie to the American public about the supposed flow of weapons from civilians to Mexico. The problem according to the Times is that Americans need more restrictive gun laws.
Again, truly remarkable. And sad … that they would still be trying to get milage out of this debunked twaddle. Note to the Time editorial staff: take a giant leap into the twenty first century. It’s modern times now, and we know more than you do about current events and how to analyze them. You’ve got to do better than this if you’re going to survive.