To end the year, here is yet another article about guns and Mexico and where those guns are coming from. It turns out that one dealer in Arizona has sold 185 guns found in Mexico. They may not have all been used in gun crimes or deadly shootings, but given the carnage in Mexico, there's a good chance that they were. I really like the quote at the end coming from an anonymous gun rights guy: "I spoke to a man Monday wearing camouflage pants, construction boots and a bandana wrapped snuggly around his head walking near Lone Wolf gun shop in Glendale.
He didn’t want to go on camera or have his name revealed, but described himself this way, “Been in gun rights all my life, I’ve been in NRA, I carry, I carry respectfully”.He said he is a deer hunter and despite being a avid gun rights supporter he does like the idea of a reporting requirement for high-powered rifle sales.“You're getting into heavy equipment, it should go through the government, the government should know what's going on.”"
Indeed. Heavy equipment which the government is going to insist that gun dealers report selling. It makes common sense to me but of course not to the NRA who would seemingly rather see the types of rifles sold to possible members of the Mexican drug cartel go unreported: " In a statement the NRA’s Chief Lobbyist said, “This administration does not have the guts to build a wall, but they do have the audacity to blame and register gun owners for Mexico's problems."" What? Did someone say something about registering gun owners in the mandate?
Here is what this new rule will be about: " Now the ATF is looking to mandate a change. On Friday they published a notice in the Federal Register asking for emergency authority to require dealers to tell them if someone buys more than two rifles in five days. The rifles would have to be semi-automatic, greater than .22-caliber, and have the ability to accept a detachable magazine."
What is the NRA thinking here? The organization is out of step with even its own members on this one and surely out of step with public safety and international diplomacy. They again try to twist reasonable restrictions allowed by law into gun registration since it gets members all riled up about their rights to own guns being restricted by any law or provision that is proposed. And the distraction of the building of a wall is just that- a distraction to the issue at hand. How will that stop the sale of guns to "legal" folks who traffic the guns to the Mexican drug cartel for money? Remember the Minnesota Mexican American man who bought his guns legally and was trafficking to Mexicans for cash? Would a wall stop that activity? Rather, let's look at the primary source of the guns and try to reduce the number of guns sold in this country legally or illegally. One thing does not preclude another. Whether a wall will stop illegals is another topic for discussion on someone else's blog. I am promoting common gun sense. The year is ending the way it began- with the same arguments. Let's hope that 2011 will bring different solutions.