Obama's new attorney General Eric Holder just announced that Obama plans to enact more gun control, starting with a renewal of the old Clinton Assault Weapons Ban of 1994.
You folks remember that bill, right? It banned a few scary-looking semi-automatic rifles--forcing manufacturers to create virtually identical copies that were just different enough to fall outside of the ban--and it limited the size of new magazines for our firearms to ten rounds.
This bill also cost the Democrats control of Congress the next election, and when it expired in 2004, no one was sorry other than people like Larry Pratt and Sarah Brady who make their money by ginning up anti-gun hysteria.
Well they want to bring it back now, probably with more restrictions and no sunset provision that will cause it to go away unless renewed. The last one had that, which is why we're not inconvenienced by it any more.
This sort of restriction on what law-abiding Americans can own isn't needed, as these so-called "assault weapons"--semi-automatic copies of military-issue select-fire weapons--are used in less than 1% of gun crimes in this country. source
And that aside, it's also true that violent crime rates in America have been falling for nearly a decade now. Clearly these firearms aren't a problem in this country, and even the advocates of banning them admit that the real goal is simply to help advance the cause of gun control, period.
But now we have a new argument being offered by Obama through Holder. Now they say that we have to prevent Americans from buying and owning these guns because some of them are getting smuggled into Mexico and used by drug gangs. Apparently we have to give up our guns in the name of security for the Mexicans now.
Per the ABC News article,
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.Well I have a common-sense solution that I doubt we'll ever see the Obama administration enact. It's called "Let's get serious and build that border wall."
"I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum." Holder said at a news conference on the arrest of more than 700 people in a drug enforcement crackdown on Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S.
Mexican government officials have complained that the availability of sophisticated guns from the United States have emboldened drug traffickers to fight over access routes into the U.S.
Seriously, we wouldn't see truckloads of American firearms driven over the border if there was a twenty-foot high double fence topped with razor wire, and a cleared zone several hundred yards wide on either side, lit up with floodlights at night and overseen by towers and cameras and Border Patrol Agents (or soldiers) with guns and the authority to use them on anyone who crosses a "dead-line" near the fence. Yeah, I know that it would also keep out drug runners, terrorists, and people who just want to come here for the welfare, but that's the problem because the Democrats look at that last group as a solid source of eventual Democrat voters. That's going to be the snag, right there.
But it makes perfect sense to me to build a credible wall from the Pacific to the Gulf. In line with the need to boost our economy, it would create a ton of jobs, both in it's construction and also in it's monitoring and maintenance, and it would serve to keep the drugs, terrorists and illegal aliens out of our country and our guns in. Everybody wins.
But that sort of common sense isn't common in Washington, DC. So if you haven't bought that AR-15 that you've been wanting, you'd better hustle and grab one while you still can. Granted the panic-buyers and speculators hoping to re-sell them later at a huge profit have already scooped most of them up, but the manufacturers are working to crank out as many as they can right now, so if you're patient, you can still turn them up at a fair price as of this writing. Lagniappe and I aren't really worried because we have ours, but I may still have to grab a couple more before the door closes, just the same.Lagniappe says: "Fear the government that fears armed dogs!"