As predicted, within 48 hours of shots ringing out in a Colorado movie theater, the massacre has become politicized and calls for gun control have been stirring. Representatives, many of whom continue to do nothing about the Obama administration’s channeling of guns across the Mexican border and into the hands of drug cartels, have begun calling for “common sense” restrictions on gun purchases and high-capacity magazines. We have all been expecting this…
Of course, the left is pushing for gun control and capitalizing on the deaths of 12 people in a Colorado theater. Senator Frank Lautenberg of the gun-hating state of New Jersey, tweeted,
“Let’s stop wasting time and start saving lives. Congress must prioritize a ban on high-capacity gun magazines.”
But what the senator does not understand is that A) simply banning the high-capacity magazines does nothing but make them slightly more expensive. During the time of the assault weapons ban, high-capacity magazines were easy to find, they were just slightly more expensive because they were no longer making them. Banning them does not dis-invent them.
And B) no gunman, in the history of the world, has ever said, “Well, I was going to go on a shooting, but I can’t now. Not without my high-capacity magazine.” No, dropping a magazine out of an AR-15 and popping in a new one takes very little time.
And C) I still vehemently reject the concept that we are to be okay with “just a little” infringement of Second Amendment rights. The amendment reads, “…shall not be infringed.” It does not read, “Shall only be infringed upon a little by ‘common sense’ gun restrictions as defined by politicians.”
But, of course, Lautenberg is not the only one calling for Americans to embrace gun control. However, as he is both a senator and an American citizen, at least he has the standing to make his opinion heard. Unlike some…
Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon actually had the audacity to criticize the American government and people in the wake of the Colorado shooting. Calderon tweeted,
“Because of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, the American Congress must review its mistaken legislation on guns. It’s doing damage to us all.”
Allow me to break this down for you, Phil: you are not an American. You do not get a say in how we do things. Our Second Amendment is the backbone of our Constitution; it is the amendment that protects all the others. When we are interested in turning our country into the civilized, peaceful utopia that Mexico is today, we will be sure to ask your opinion on the matter.
On that note, perhaps we might be more willing to accept advice on how to curb gun violence if Mexico weren’t a wasteland of gun violence perpetrated by drug cartels and gangs. It just seems that Calderon is throwing stones in a glass house.
This is nothing new, though. Calderon, over the years, has done his fair share of finger-wagging and lecturing to America about our gun policies. He has also been vocal about his disdain for our already-too-weak policy towards illegal immigrants and has partnered with the U.S. in providing resources to enable illegals to get on food stamps. I honestly don’t know which is worse: that Mexico is trying to passive-aggressively reconquer the Southwest, or that our leaders are too stupid, apathetic or both to stop it.
Furthermore, while misguided legislators here and the president south of the border agree that more gun control measures are needed, it should be noted that Mexico has incredibly strict gun control laws. In fact, despite a provision in the Mexican Constitution explicitly stating that citizens have the right to privately own firearms, the Mexican federal government so severely restricts the ownership of them, it is incredibly difficult to obtain permission to own anything more than a .22. In fact, Mexico, shockingly, only has one gun shop in the entire nation.
Showing the true problem with the gun control argument, Mexico has restricted private ownership so much that only the outlaws have the guns. Whenever a leftist declares that he would like to see more gun control, others should ask, “How’s that working out for Mexico?” The answer? Not very well.
To make matters worse, not only is Calderon sticking his nose in where it doesn’t belong, he seemingly refuses to create a stir on matters that actually is his business. When it comes to Operation Fast and Furious, while he has privately questioned Obama about it, he has yet to demand accountability from our government for flooding the border with weapons and fueling violence in his country as well as ours.
Overall, Calderon, if he wishes to do something about the flow of guns into his country, should focus less on the law-abiding citizens of a neighboring sovereign nation, and more on the betrayal of both Mexico and the United States by Eric Holder and the Obama Justice Department.
America should not have to endure a lecture from Calderon of all people. We need a strong executive that will stand up for America. It’s days like these that I truly miss Reagan the most.