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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gun Control Hysteria

In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, there has been a new cry from firearms control advocates calling for stricter rules on the sale of arms and ammunition to US Citizens.

Since when did criminals pay ANY attention to those rules?

In Mexico, private ownership of firearms is strictly limited to bolt action rifles, shotguns less than 12 gauge and handguns under .380 caliber. Given this, the drug cartels don't seem to be having any problems acquiring firearms and ammunition and using them in contravention of the law.

And before you suggest that those arms come from the US, think again. The Obama Administration had BATF sell firearms to drug cartels in the hopes that they'd be seized and their thesis of US arms being sent to Mexico would be upheld. The plain truth is that a very small percentage of illegal arms in Mexico in the hands of the drug cartels originated in the US.


8 comments:

  1. The plain truth is that a very small percentage of illegal arms in Mexico in the hands of the drug cartels originated in the US.

    Where do they originate from?

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    1. Military stores from various countries. Latin America mostly, but some come from the Middle East, some from China or Russia. For the most part, cartels want FULLY automatic weapons that are not available in the domestic US market. One case of grenades widely thrown recently were made in Israel and sold to Guatemala before they were 'lost' and ended up in cartel hands.

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  2. Where? Probably a number of different sources. People with unlimited funds will find cooperation in the unlikeliest of places. Even official government sources in their own country, I would think, which would yield military-grade ordinance. Money talks.

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  3. Another point is the cartels are stealing from the Gov't armories! A bunch of the M-16s pictured were supposedly part of a shipment to the Federales about 7-8 years ago.

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    1. Maybe they're stealing and maybe they're buying. I'd suggest that it's the latter.

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  4. I believe strongly in gun control. Oh, wait, I meant trigger control...

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