Mexican president wants a ban on assault weapons in U.S. because our guns are killing his cops

While many Americans — especially in Arizona — are furious over the flow of workers from Mexico into the United States, Mexican President Felipe Calderon is unhappy over a steady stream of imports going in the opposite direction: guns from the United States flowing into Mexico.

Addressing a joint session of Congress yesterday, Calderon asked that the ban on assault-type weapons be reinstated. As the Washington Post’s editorial page noted:

Mr. Calderón, who has been in Washington for a state visit, made a powerful case. Over the past three years, Mexican authorities have seized some 75,000 weapons used in crimes; more than 80 percent of those they were able to trace came from the United States. Mr. Calderón argued that the surge in violent, cartel-related crimes coincided with the 2004 repeal of the U.S. assault weapons ban.

“I fully respect, I admire the American Constitution,” Mr. Calderón said. “And I understand that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to guarantee good American citizens the ability to defend themselves and their nation. But believe me, many of these guns are not going to honest American hands.”

Mr. Calderón is right that the challenge to Mexico’s security has “roots on both sides of the border.” The Obama administration’s newly unveiled national drug policy acknowledges as much and wisely emphasizes drug abuse prevention and rehabilitation to reduce the demand for illicit drugs. The White House also deserves credit for pushing forcefully to assist Mexican crime-fighting efforts. But it has been negligent in the battle against illegal guns, caving to the gun lobby on such issues as an assault weapons ban and a move to close a gun show loophole that allows some purchases without a background check.

While the Post urged Obama to show some spine and push to reinstate the ban, that’s not going to happen. Even as conservatives carry on about Obama’s “socialist facism” (whatever that is) and gun-nuts stock up on weapons because of their insistence that the president plans to confiscate their weapons, the Democrats have been craven on gun issues for a decade. The ban on assault weapons should be reinstated. But it ain’t gonna happen.

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LOL!!!!

May 21st, 2010
1:33 pm

by “flow of WORKERS” you really mean ILLEGAL aliens that are draining our tax, healthcare and entitlement systems, while contributing to violent drug war retaliations that are leaving Americans dead, correct?

truthmattersfa

May 21st, 2010
1:43 pm

Cynthia,
Why did you block me on twitter? Is it because you are angry that I exposed you for the liar that you are (3 different issues so far you have repeatedly lied about)? Or is it because you can’t answer the question of when “3 years ago the GOP dominated Congress”? Or is it because I pointed out that the study you cited supposedly showing that extended Unemployment Insur. benefits had not effect on increasing the current level of unemployment actually DID find an effect (.4% ~ 600K extra workers unemployed due to the extended benefits)? Just wondering.

Alatsea

May 21st, 2010
1:43 pm

As seen in recent events in the southwest, guns are not only killing Mexicans, they are killing innocent Americans. Our borders need to be protected both for ingress and egress. Gun smuggling has been a business for years and pretty much unmonitored, I am guessing because one rarely reads of smugglers being apprehended We need to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and as much contraband flowing both ways.

Mrs. W.

May 21st, 2010
1:47 pm

So what your are saying is that Democrats don’t own guns? I’ll bet that all of the young black men in the metro Atlanta area, you know, the ones on the news every Saturday or Sunday morning who have shot up the most recent birthday party or gang banga video shoot are all Democrats. If he ( Calderon ) would stop the drugs at the source there wouldn’t be any to sneak across the border and if we would seal the border it wouldn’t matter anyway. No drugs in, no guns out.

Auburn Fan

May 21st, 2010
1:51 pm

Gun-nuts? That is offensive. This country might not exist if not for gun-nuts.

commoncents

May 21st, 2010
1:54 pm

Calderon can’t run his own country, so naturally he knows what is best for ours.

Kinda like how Obama didn’t accompish anything prior to being president but now he is the nation’s savior.

Not Blind

May 21st, 2010
1:55 pm

Was that 80% from legal American gunshops or is that 80% from US government aid to South American militaries ??? Then from the South American militaries the arms find their way to the drug dealers. Mexico is a PERFECT example of the fallacy of gun control. Mexican’s can’t own guns so therefore only the government and the criminals have guns.

JoelB

May 21st, 2010
1:58 pm

I am having trouble understanding how the Mexican drug thugs are beheading their victims with assault guns- very sharp barrels? Much love CT but this one would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

commoncents

May 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

JoelB – Guns are a good deterrent for fighting back and preventing people from running

Scout

May 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

Nope. We need them for when we go to war with Mexico.

“From the Halls of Montezuma ………………”

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

I would have to say President MexiMelt has a full plate and should clean up his own backyard. Then he may begin lecturing and hand-wringing.

Libertarian

May 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

Yes lets please take advice from Calderon. Mexico is definitely the country to model ourselves after. You can kill people with any kind of gun, it doesn’t have to be an “assault weapon.” Even if you ban them, the bad people always find a way to get things. Cocaine/Pot/ecstacy/etc are all illegal but you can find them pretty much anywhere. Same goes for assault weapons.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

Drugs and Guns go hand in hand and will never go away.

commoncents

May 21st, 2010
2:01 pm

Libertatian – Not true. Once a ban is in place on anything, it disappears.

Killer

May 21st, 2010
2:02 pm

Seems to me that many of you folks sit here just waiting for a post, any post, by Cynthia & just throw insults at her. No constructive arguments. No attempt at discourse. Just flame-throwing.

Say you wouldn’t be members of the Party of No, would you?

steve

May 21st, 2010
2:03 pm

Sounds as though Calderon needs to do a better job of protecting HIS own borders. Maybe he can stop some of his citizens from illegally crossing into the USA in the process.

radiowxman

May 21st, 2010
2:03 pm

I’m the last person that would be described as a “gun nut.” In fact, the assault weapon ban done the right way may be a good idea. And I’m not going to debate the 80% statistic, although I think that’s a little high.

However, I would like to see how many of those deaths were attributable to automatic weapons. Because last time I checked, fully automatic weapons have been illegal in the United States for some time.

I’m also going to go out on a limb and say that most MS-13s and Los Zetas aren’t traveling to gun shows and pawn shops to get their guns.

If I were to guess, and this is just my Occham’s Razor talking, is that gangs are buying (or trading drugs for) illegal guns in the first place that have been stolen or acquired by “undocumented” means.

Mrs. W.

May 21st, 2010
2:04 pm

JoelB: LMAO… HAHAHAHA

G'Vegas Dawg

May 21st, 2010
2:04 pm

CT – Fascism, pronounced /ˈfæʃɪzəm/, is a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology.[1][2][3][4] Fascists seek to organize a nation on corporatist perspectives, values, and systems such as the political system and the economy.[5][6] Fascism was originally founded by Italian national syndicalists in World War I who combined left-wing and right-wing political views, but gravitated to the political right in the early 1920s.[7][8] Scholars generally consider fascism to be on the far right of the conventional left-right political spectrum.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

Fascists believe that a nation is an organic community that requires strong leadership, singular collective identity, and the will and ability to commit violence and wage war in order to keep the nation strong.[15] They claim that culture is created by collective national society and its state, that cultural ideas are what give individuals identity, and thus rejects individualism.[15] In viewing the nation as an integrated collective community, they claim that pluralism is a dysfunctional aspect of society, and justify a totalitarian state as a means to represent the nation in its entirety.[16][17] They advocate the creation of a single-party state.[18] Fascist governments forbid and suppress openness and opposition to the fascist state and the fascist movement.[19] They identify violence and war as actions that create national regeneration, spirit and vitality.[20]

Fascists reject and resist autonomy of cultural or ethnic groups who are not considered part of the fascists’ nation and who refuse to assimilate or are unable to be assimilated.[21] They consider attempts to create such autonomy as an affront and threat to the nation.[21]

Fascism is strongly opposed to core aspects of the Enlightenment and is an opponent of liberalism, Marxism, and mainstream socialism for being associated with failures that fascists claim are inherent in the Enlightenment.[22] Fascists view egalitarianism, materialism, and rationalism as failed elements of the Enlightenment.[23] In contrast, Fascists promote action, discipline, hierarchy, spirit, and will.[24] They oppose liberalism — as a bourgeois movement — and Marxism — as a proletarian movement — for being exclusive economic class-based movements.[25] Fascists present their ideology as that of an economically trans-class movement that promotes ending economic class conflict to secure national solidarity.[26] They believe that economic classes are not capable of properly governing a nation, and that a merit-based aristocracy of experienced military persons must rule through regimenting a nation’s forces of production and securing the nation’s independence.[27]

Fascism perceives conservatism as partly valuable for its support of order in society but opposes its typical opposition to change and modernization.[28] Fascism presents itself as a solution to the perceived benefits and disadvantages of conservatism by advocating state-controlled modernization that promotes orderly change while resisting the dangers of pluralism and independent initiative to order in society.[28]

Fascists support a “Third Position” in economic policy, which they believe superior to both the rampant individualism of laissez-faire capitalism and the severe control of state socialism.[29][30]

Following the defeat of the Axis powers in World War II and the publicity surrounding the atrocities committed during the period of fascist governments, the term fascist has been used as a pejorative word,[31] often referring to widely varying movements across the political spectrum

Wahoo

May 21st, 2010
2:06 pm

This looks like just another good reason to provide more stringent enforcement of the southern border.

There is a rich irony in the President of a country as corrupt as Mexico coming to the US to criticize our laws and our defense of our borders.

Auburn Fan

May 21st, 2010
2:09 pm

Prohibition is a great way to solve the drug problem too. Let’s just make it illegal!

Scout

May 21st, 2010
2:14 pm

I carry a gun because a policman is too heavy.

joan

May 21st, 2010
2:17 pm

If, during the revolutionary war, the citizenry was not armed, we would probably all be speaking with a British accent, and bowing to our queen.

blakes

May 21st, 2010
2:19 pm

for this nut to talk about gun control is like Al Capone talking about gun control. I mean seriously.

Scout

May 21st, 2010
2:19 pm

Cynthia:

I assume you know that shooting anyone with any gun is “assault” (hopefully justified).

Therefore, any gun is an assault weapon .

As we were taught in the Corps ………..

“This is my rifle,
This is my gun,
This is for fighting,
This is for fun.”

Ooo Rah !

MadDog

May 21st, 2010
2:19 pm

“more than 80 percent of those they were able to trace came from the United States”
This is a misleading statistic when taken on it’s own. What percentage of guns were the Mexican authorities able to trace? How much does that reduce the % of guns that came from USA?

serge

May 21st, 2010
2:20 pm

As though this idiot is really concerned with stopping the drug cartels and guns. Between the cartels and illegal aliens working illegal jobs here in this country, those are the only two things supporting their joke of an economy!!!

neo-Carlinist

May 21st, 2010
2:23 pm

what’s this; the Friday afternoon follies? assault weapons aren’t killing “his” cops, criminals are. and let’s just say for the sake of argument, these criminals come to the U.S., purchase “assault weapons”, how are these weapons getting into Mexico? I guess we’re not the only North American nation with border issues. Perhaps, if the political and law enforcement infrastructure in Mexico were not infested with corruption, the “cops” would be using THEIR assault weapons to kill bad guys.

Huh

May 21st, 2010
2:23 pm

Can someone PLEASE define “assault weapon” for me? Please.

ctucker

May 21st, 2010
2:24 pm

serge, pls don’t call the president of Mexico an “idiot.” Feel free to disagree with him in a more civil manner.

ctucker

May 21st, 2010
2:25 pm

blakes, Please do not call the President of Mexico a “nut.”

ctucker

May 21st, 2010
2:26 pm

joan, Urging violence goes too far. I think you know better.

neo-Carlinist

May 21st, 2010
2:29 pm

name-callers, this is the United States. please insult the President of Mexico in Spanish (try pendejo)

serge

May 21st, 2010
2:29 pm

CT,

You must not have heard the President’s interview with Wolf Blitzer where he managed to not only put both feet in his mouth, but basically his entire lower body. I suggest you watch it on youtube. He basically admitted his own country’s immigration policies aren’t just as strict as ours, but they even go the extra mile. Watch that then let me know if he’s worthy of an “idiot” label or not.

danny

May 21st, 2010
2:30 pm

I’m sure Cynthia showed the same discipline for name calling with all of her Bush bashing blogs over the years…..ehh?

joan

May 21st, 2010
2:34 pm

Cynthia, I am not “urging violence” and you know better. I am urging the federal law enforcement authorities to do their job of securing our borders. The fences are obviously not securing them, as we see videos of these people climbing them like roaches all the time. We need gun posts set at the border, just like guards are set at prison walls. If a few a stopped in this manner it would surely enforce the law. If we don’t do it now, we are going to have to do it later when all out civil war begins in this country, because the illegals don’t want to live in the United States–they want to take it over and call it Mexico.

misplaced

May 21st, 2010
2:35 pm

The only thing we make in this country anymore that anyone wants is guns, it’s just a matter of time until the gun manufactures move south of the border and use the cheap labor that is there.
That is why we have people who cross the border and work in the kitchens, cut the lawns, clean hotel rooms etc. Cheap labor is king in Mexico our corporations have left the US and now make products down south, pay almost nothing for the labor and still charge you the same. When faced with making 35 bucks a day at the GM plant in Mexico or cut grass for 40 bucks a lawn in Any City USA what would you do?

Hmmmmmmm

May 21st, 2010
2:37 pm

CT,

Very funny, the definition of socialist facism????? Look it up in the dictionary and you will find our POTUS picture…….

Idiot and NUT just puts everything into perspective. Civil, some of the democrats on this site are far from civil, but you never call them out….

Kinda funny that you don’t have a clue as to what socialistic facism is, and you claim to be educated….

Libertarian

May 21st, 2010
2:39 pm

“more than 80 percent of those they were able to trace came from the United States”

and 57% of statistics are made up.

SouthGeorgiaDawg

May 21st, 2010
2:40 pm

How about Caldron seek a ban on allowing his mexican thugs to cross the border and form gangs in America?

How about he help tighten up the border? Because if Mexico held up their end of the bargain regarding the border, then our assault rifles couldn’t pass through to Mexico so easy.

But that would be the logical solution.

Query: What would CT say if Bush would have allowed a foreign leader to criticize America and its laws on the Congress floor? She probably would have bashed him. Also, what do you think she would have said had Bush joined in with that criticizm? She probably would have destroyed Bush.

Yet Caldron and Obama did just that when they criticized Arizona’s Immigration law the other day. And is there any story slamming Obama?

No.

Hypocracy.

Van Jones

May 21st, 2010
2:40 pm

There are 3 things you do NOT want to do:

1. Take dieting advice from Oprah.
2. Take relationship advice from Tiger.
3. Take advice on how to run a country from Felipe de Jesús Calderón.

Pleg

May 21st, 2010
2:41 pm

I wish Cynthia had a television show. I’m all in favor of the Cynthia Tuckers, Bill Mahers, Michael Moores, Joy Bahars, etc., having as much face and air time as possible. The more these people are exposed to the American public the easier this upcoming election in 2012 is going to be. Please Cynthia, keep up the good work!!!

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

May 21st, 2010
2:41 pm

The President of Mexico can KMA!!! But he’s not a idiot or a nut, he’s a WACKO!

You want a war, try taking my guns! PLEASE TRY!!!

commoncents

May 21st, 2010
2:41 pm

CT – When in doubt, silence the opposition. That will ensure victory for your party!

mike

May 21st, 2010
2:41 pm

no no Serge, you don’t get it, in CT’s eyes we are the bad guys. Mexico, China etal have no responsibility at all, just us and we are the evil ones. She and her ilk are nauseating. They should not call themselves proud Americans, because they are not. I am proud to be an American, and I will pledge my allegiance to our Country.

ctucker

May 21st, 2010
2:42 pm

SouthGeorgiaDawg, I would not have Bush bashed simply because he allowed a foreign leader to criticize America. It depends on the foreign leader and what he/she had to say.

Firm but Fair

May 21st, 2010
2:42 pm

Where does the misconception come from that banning the sale of assault rifles and limiting access to firearms is going to prohibit criminals from getting them? All this does is limit the access for law abiding citizens. Drug cartels aren’t exactly known for obeying the law. If they want assault rifles, they will get them regardless.

teamguy

May 21st, 2010
2:42 pm

The cause of much of this violence is the so-called War on Drugs. .stop that nonsense, and much of the violence will go away. .just like the repeal of Prohibition of alcohol. And yes, I am a Libertarian. .and no, I don’t need the government to protect me from me.

Huh

May 21st, 2010
2:45 pm

I’m still hoping that someone can PLEASE define “assault weapon” for me. Anyone? Ms. Tucker, how about you?

A CONSERVATIVE

May 21st, 2010
2:46 pm

IDIOT should stop the gun running at the border….IDIOT..HE CAN’T STOP ILLEGALS running into the US……& HE CAN’t STOP GUN RUNNING….