Thursday, February 26, 2009

Border Violence: Decades of finger pointing

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, long at the forefront of the left's efforts to erect barriers between U.S. citizens and their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, said Wednesday that the Obama administration plans "just a few gun-related changes" including a new ban on "assault weapons" and "high-capacity ammunition feeding devices". Holder made the announcment at a news conference on the close of a 21-month investigation and arrest of more than 750 Sinaloa drug cartel members in Mexico and the U.S.

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. ... "I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum." Holder said.

The Mexican government plus many journalists and politicos in this country have long claimed nearly 95 percent of weapons used by Mexican criminals are smuggled there from the U.S. We are to told to believe fully automatic weapons, M203 40mm grenade launchers, anti-tank weapons, .50 cal. M2 heavy machine guns, hand grenades, mines, and body armor are purchased by straw purchasers at U.S. gun shows and gun shops.

Here's a December 2008 "after-action report" from Barry R McCaffrey, General USA (Retired), ex-Clinton drug czar. Gen. McCaffrey is now a consultant for various organizations including NBC News. He urges state and federal authorities to stop this smuggling of crates of "high powered military automatic weapons", hand grenades, night-vision goggles, ComBloc RPGs, state-of-the-art communications encryption and interception hardware, helicopters, etc., 90 percent of which has been bought from federally licensed gun dealers primarily in California, Texas and Arizona.

Under arrest: Hitmen with their tools, Mexico City

"It is hard to understand the seeming indifference and incompetence of US authorities at state and Federal level to such callous disregard for a national security threat to a neighboring democratic state. We would consider it an act of warfare from a sanctuary state if we were the victim. ... The bottom line---the US is ineffective and unresponsive to Mexican concerns about weapons, bulk cash, and precursor chemicals flowing south into Mexico from the United States--- with a blow-torch effect on the security of the Mexican people."

Before we run out and string up some Federal Firearms License holders, all who undergo a criminal records check and face growing scrutiny and regulation by state, local and federal agents, let's look back into the past with Lora Lumpe. Although she's a D.C. lobbyist, Lumpe doesn't work for the National Rifle Association. She represents the Friends Committee on National Legislation, founded in 1943 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and most likely views the NRA as a MIPC proxy.

She defines the MIPC this way, "It’s President/General Eisenhower’s Military-Industrial-Complex, 50 years later and fully integrated into the political life of the nation." I'll write about Lumpe's efforts to combat the MIPC in another post. In the meantime, remember:

"No Mienta por otra Persona."

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