It is appalling that Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, would tell the United States what is wrong with our country, that we need to impose an 'assault weapon' ban because guns from America are feeding Mexican violence. Furthermore, he informed us:
"With all due respect, if you do not regulate the sale of these weapons in the
right way, nothing guarantees that criminals here in the United States with
access to the same power of weapons will not decide to challenge American
authorities and civilians."
Calderon's speech plays right along with the liberal stance regarding gun control. Remember these quotes from Senator Dianne Feinstein:
"Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel
"If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the
United States for an out right ban, picking up every one of them... "Mr. and
Mrs. America, turn 'em all in, "I would have done it. I could not do that. The
votes weren't here."
Mexican drug cartels are able to get real military weapons from countries other than the U.S. as machine guns in Mexico have been found to originate from China, Israel, and South Africa. Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable; therefore, the true percentage of guns (Calderon claims 80%) that have gone from the United States to Mexico isn't known. Also, note that over two thousand grenades were seized by the Mexican government from 2007 to 2009.
The lawlessness of his country has more to do with his inability to control his people than it does with American gun laws. Violence and kidnappings from his country has now come to Arizona, and imposing a law that would ban guns mostly from law-abiding U.S. citizens is not the answer.
Regarding Calderon's attempt to blame America for Mexico's violence, common sense did come in the form of words from Senator John Cornyn:
"It was inappropriate for President Calderon to lecture Americans on our own
state and federal laws. ..Moreover, the Second Amendment is not a subject open
for diplomatic negotiation, with Mexico or any other nation."
Also it is good to keep in mind what our Founding Fathers had to say in regard to gun control:
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as
they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot
enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are
armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can
be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. Noah Webster, An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787
Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.
Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will
preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are
inevitably ruined. Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
It is important also to consider, that the surest means of avoiding war is to be prepared for it in
peace. Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? It is feared,
then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have
no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement
of the soldier, are the birthright of an American...the unlimited power of the
sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where
I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. A Pennsylvanian, The Pennsylvania Gazette, February 20, 1788
When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great
Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, — who was governor
of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual
way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and
let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.
George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 14, 1778
What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always
attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins. Elbridge Gerry
A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves ... and include all men capable of bearing arms. Richard Henry Lee
Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our
arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the
militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are
the birthright of an American...[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the
hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it
will ever remain, in the hands of the people. Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788
The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. Samuel Adams
Americans [have] the right and advantage of being armed,
unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust
their people with arms. James Madison
A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the
gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness,
enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others
of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.
Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks. Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1785. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.
One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them. Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 1796. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are
neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse
for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage
than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater
confidence than an armed man. Jefferson's "Commonplace Book,"
1774_1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution,
1776, Jefferson Papers 344.
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