Thursday, April 16, 2009
Obama blames U.S. guns in Mexico
Meeting face-to-face with Mexican President (Oligarch) Felipe Calderon, President Obama on Thursday said the U.S. is to blame for much of Mexico's drug violence, and he set up a major congressional gun-control battle by calling on the Senate to ratify a treaty designed to track and cut the flow of guns to other countries.
Mr. Obama said he wants to renew a ban on some semiautomatic weapons but that it is not likely to pass Congress. Instead, he called for the Senate to ratify a decade-old hemispherewide treaty that would require nations to mark all weapons produced in the country and track them to make sure no weapons were exported to countries where they were banned.
"I will not pretend that this is Mexico's responsibility alone. The demand for these drugs in the United States is what's helping keep these cartels in business," Mr. Obama said at a joint news conference with Mr. Calderon. "This war is being waged with guns purchased not here, but in the United States. More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border."(an outright blatant lie and he knows it and so does BATFE...This is simply another Big Lie brainwashing talking point designed for repetition by lamestream media running-dogs until it becomes Orwellian "truth")...
But the treaty is likely to run into opposition from gun rights backers, and the Senate's top Democrat was noncommittal Thursday about the measure.
Mr. Calderon (aka:Oligarch tyrant with no respect for civil rights in mexico and the USA) urged the U.S. to consider a gun registry and a prohibition on bulk sales of firearms.
In taking responsibility (Read: Cravenly bowing to foreign leaders to cover incompetence in dealing with out of control crime by blaming law-abiding US Gun owners for mexican criminal activity) for some of the causes of Mexico's drug violence, Mr. Obama was following through on signals from top administration officials. Mexico wants the U.S. to provide money and equipment such as military helicopters, and to impose tougher restrictions on guns.
(yeah, guns that have litle to do with mexican cartel crime, but a lot to do with crushing american liberty)...
During the presidential campaign, Mr. Obama said he wanted to renew the 1994 ban on some semiautomatic weapons, which expired in 2004. But he told his Mexican hosts that it's not likely to pass Congress, saying instead that the U.S. should do what it can under existing laws, and go a step further by ratifying the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA).
President Clinton signed CIFTA in 1997, but it has never been ratified.
Mr. Obama said the treaty would "curb small-arms trafficking that is a source of so many of the weapons used in this drug war."(Read: Backdoor around US RKBA constitutional rights)...
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, said he supports Mr. Obama's ratification push and will work to get it through the Senate.
But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, was less committal about the specifics.
"We must work with Mexico to curtail the violence and drug trafficking on America's southern border, and must protect Americans' Second Amendment rights," Mr. Reid said. "I look forward to working with the president to ensure we do both in a responsible way."
Mr. Obama repeated the statistic that 90 percent of illegal firearms used in crimes come from the U.S., and Mr. Calderon backed him.
But gun-rights groups have challenged the number, and Fox News said the statistic is distorted because it covers only a subset of the weapons the Mexican government seizes.
In its report, Fox News said only about 17 percent of the 29,000 guns recovered at Mexican crime scenes in 2007 and 2008 could be positively traced to the U.S. Some couldn't be traced at all and others were never submitted to U.S. officials for tracing because they clearly came from somewhere else.
It's also unclear how much effect stopping the U.S. flow would have.
"That to some degree is a red herring because while it's convenient for the cartels to acquire weapons in the United States, the cartels have so much money they can go into the open arms market and buy weapons. Central America, for example, is chockablock with sophisticated weapons left over from the 1980s," said George Grayson, a professor at the College of William & Mary and a Mexico researcher.
"It's a good reason to bash the U.S. because it is unfortunate that the arms are flowing southward, but if you cut off completely that flow of arms, it would be a thorn in the side, but not a dagger in the heart to the cartels," he said.
Readers: See earlier posts here for proof about this myth of US legal firearms & the cartels, and why this big lie is being pushed...