Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mexican Drugs & Guns Are Our Problem?


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. With related kidnappings and killings occurring in the U.S., the Obama administration is likely to shift dozens of enforcement agents and millions of dollars to the fight against Mexican drug cartels. 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. "The Second Amendment Task Force opposes the discussed ban and will fight any attempts that infringe on our Second Amendment rights," said Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., a chairman of the group. Six Democrats and six Republicans co-signed his statement. Mexico has long tried to get the United States to curtail the number of guns — many purchased legally — that wind up south of the border, where gun laws are much stricter.

Let me get this straight... Mexico wants us to take away the rights of our citizens to have guns BECAUSE they can't control their citizens who come up here, get guns, and bring them back? Wouldn't this mean that we should be able to tell Mexico that they have to build a fence to contain their citizens BECAUSE our hippy left wing leaders are too pussified to do anything to control the flow of illegal Mexicans into our country? I'm pretty sure I don't give a flying fuck about Mexico or anybody in it. If Mexico has a violence/gun problem then Mexico's broke-ass government can fix the problem. We're damned if we do and damned if we don't.

We step in to help one shithole country out of a fucking disaster and we're an evil empire bent on conquering the world, but if we fail to step in and provide wipeys for the chapped ass of another then we're also wrong. When are we going to learn that the only way to let the rest of the world learn is to just step back and let them fuck themselves for a while. Once shit goes to hell attitudes will change.

The State Department says firearms obtained in the U.S. account for an estimated 95 percent of Mexico's drug-related killings. "If President (Felipe) Calderon's policies to roll back organized crime are to be successful, we need to defang the power of the drug syndicates to inflict damage upon our state, local and police forces," Arturo Sarukhan, the Mexican ambassador to the United States, said in January. "The best way we can do that is for a real ratcheting up of the United States' capabilities of shutting down the flow of weapons."

Well then Felipe, it just looks like you're going to have to cowboy up, wipe your nose, and fucking do something to get control of your country... I mean besides whining that the U.S. needs to do something to help you get control of your country. I seem to recall Mexico not wanting anything to do with the United States back around oh 1846-1848. My how things have changed. Somehow I find it hard to believe that these cartels are rolling into a Dunham's and buying crates full of assault rifles for transport back to Mexico.

After opposition from the National Rifle Association, 22 Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate vote this month to negate the District of Columbia's tough gun registration requirements and overturn its ban on rapid-fire semiautomatic weapons. More than 80 House Democrats backed a similar measure last year. The gun lobby has raised more than $20 million for political candidates since the 1990 election cycle, with about 85 percent going to Republicans. That ranks 68th among about 80 industry groups tracked by the OpenSecrets.org campaign finance watchdog.

When border violence comes up in hearings, lawmakers say they don't see a need for new gun laws. "I don't think the solution to Mexico's problems is to limit Second Amendment gun rights in this country," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the Senate GOP's election committee. "What we can do is help our Mexican friends enforce their own laws." Republican Rep. Jeff Flake said he believed a recent hearing on Mexico drug violence was actually a discussion of gun control. "Instead of punishing law-abiding Americans with stricter controls, we must continue to punish those who break the law," said Flake, of Arizona, where 700 cartel-related kidnappings have occurred over two years.

For his part, Obama has signaled a willingness to tighten restrictions on guns, calling the flow of drug money and guns "a two-way situation." Yet 65 Democrats said in a letter to Holder that they would oppose any attempt by the administration to revive a ban on military-style weapons. Congress did provide $45 million this year for Project Gunrunner, a federal program aimed at curbing the flow of guns. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, a Texas Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, said he will seek another $30 million over two years for the program and $30 million more to fund efforts by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to crack down on gun trafficking.

Tom Diaz, an analyst at the Violence Policy Center, a gun control group, said cartels use military-style weapons such as the Armalite AR-50, a .50-caliber sniper rifle. He brought one to a recent congressional hearing — with the help of two police officers — and said he found the weapon on the Internet, bought it for $3,200 from a Maryland "kitchen table" dealer and had it registered in the District of Columbia, all in about six hours. Semiautomatic rifles used by the cartels are imported legally into the U.S. as "sporting" weapons, a policy that was stopped for years but revived under President George W. Bush.

The government could stop importation of those weapons under the 1968 Gun Control Act and thus keep them from winding up in Mexico, Diaz said. 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." Sarukhan, the Mexican ambassador, said Mexico simply wants existing U.S. gun laws applied. "Just on the Arizona and Texas border, there are 12,000 gun shops and countless other gun shows that week in and week out rove around the border area," Sarukhan said.

A red herring is it? It seems to me that the Left simply keeps looking for ways to get rid of guns and Mexico is yet another whiney attempt and convincing people. Fuck Mexico, build a fence, surround it with electrified razor wire, and build sniper towers. Employ hundreds of people patrolling the fence and manning the towers, help the economy and in turn, cut off the flow of guns. Problem solved. Mexico, it's your country, they're your cartels, fix your own fucking problems because we have our own issues to worry about.

Why should our taxpayers foot the bill for billions of dollars to fix Mexico when our own economy is a disaster and our own people are suffering. SOCIALISM, that's why... Mexico has nothing we need, Mexico makes does not help itself. The only thing Mexico is good for is a constant tsunami of illegal immigration that is swamping our healthcare and other public works sectors. There's corruption within the Mexican government and law enforcement and no attempt is made to weed it out. The country is a disaster and needs to be left to it's own destruction. SOCIALISM has failed people! Time and again socialism has failed and the left just can't accept it.

Why worry about Mexico, half the goddamn Mexicans are already in our country anyway. I'm surprised there are any left who aren't either in the Mexican government, or working for the cartels. The fact that this is even considered a debatable topic is absolutely ridiculous. Bottom line is this. Imagine that you have neighbor. This neighbor is by no means well off, he works a menial job and barely makes a living but has 4 kids to support. Your neighbor's kids are always dirty, always hungry, too skinny, have no toys, and their clothes are ragged. Meanwhile you know for a fact that the neighbor is giving all sorts of money to some sort of charity while his kids are suffering.

How many people would not call fowl and sick child welfare services on the man who neglected his own children to pour money into some other charity? I know the answer and so do you! The same thing goes for the United States. You don't pour billions of dollars into Mexico, Iraq, or any other country when you don't even have the billions of dollars to take care of your own people... you just don't fucking do it. Spend at home first! If you have enough surplus and the people are idiotic enough to want to squander it on the rest of the freeloading world {welfare (domestic & abroad)} then it will be their own stupid choice but when you're in a state of disaster then all free rides should be suspended.


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