And so it finally comes out. The Obama Administration has decided to start their gun grabbing…
The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.
“As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons,” Holder told reporters.
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 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.
As you can see, they clearly imply that these horrible horrible assault weapons are going into Mexico and creating such horrid conditions there, and that by reinstating the “Assault Weapons Ban” (AKA the Scary Looking Gun Ban) the violence in Mexico will ebb.
The story goes further to report:
A State Department travel warning issued Feb. 20, 2009, reflected government concerns about the violence.
“Some recent Mexican army and police confrontations with drug cartels have resembled small-unit combat, with cartels employing automatic weapons and grenades,” the warning said. “Large firefights have taken place in many towns and cities across Mexico, but most recently in northern Mexico, including Tijuana, Chihuahua City and Ciudad Juarez.”
Let us read that again… Automatic weapons. Grenades. hmm. Lets see. Are those covered by the expired scary looking weapons ban?
The act addressed only semi-automatic firearms, that is, firearms that fire one shot each time the trigger is pulled. Neither the AWB nor its expiration changed the legal status of fully automatic firearms, which fire more than one round with a single trigger-pull; these had long been regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934.
So, the short answer is… no. The story is misleading, referencing a report from the state department about firearms and weapons that are ALREADY illegal to sell to the general public.
As to the accusations of guns being smuggled from the US into Mexico… here’s a clue… try border enforcement. The DOJ under Holder is some kind of sick joke…