Not long ago the LA Times, following along with everyone else, blamed the U.S. "gun culture" and "gun show loophole" for the massive influx of military grade weapons into the hands of Mexican gangs. A couple days ago, they changed their tune:
An article from March 15th, "Mexico's Drug War", has this to say:
Most of these weapons are being smuggled from Central American countries or by sea, eluding U.S. and Mexican monitors who are focused on the smuggling of semi-automatic and conventional weapons purchased from dealers in the U.S. border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
Everything, of course, has a context. A March 14th article at the Wall Street Journal Online, "Napolitano Targets Border Violence", had this to say:
Ms. Napolitano indicated there would be more so-called outbound enforcement: checking people and vehicles leaving the U.S. to see if they are carrying contraband.
I know Ms. Napolitano hasn't been in office very long, but she needs to stop speculating about the influence of the American civilian gun market. After all, the L.A. Times article linked above also reports:
These groups appear to be taking advantage of a robust global black market and porous borders, especially between Mexico and Guatemala. Some of the weapons are left over from the wars that the United States helped fight in Central America, U.S. officials said.
If the problem is the porous Guatemala/Mexico border, how is focusing on the U.S./Mexico border going to accomplish anything?
Let me add one last thought. Despite the LA Times article linked above, the vast majority of news media around the world are still blaming the violence on the "American gun culture". The two shootings in Alabama and Germany have done their part by adding fuel to the commonly held delusion of, "a world without guns would be a peaceful world." If the media does not change, and change now, then there will be no one to hold the politicians accountable for their actions. If the politicians are not forced to deal in facts, then this,
Global Analyst Affirms Russan Prediction of Civil War in America
will soon be reality.
Meanwhile, in another part of the world:
Michigan Police Shoot Unarmed Drug Suspect
I have no respect for anyone who feeds violence in Mexico, Columbia, and elsewhere by purchasing and using illegal drugs. No respect at all. However, they are people like anyone else and as long as they are not engaged in violent activity themselves, there is no reason for law enforcement to bust down their doors with guns blazing.
It's interesting that the LA Times also reported An Elderly Man Gunned Down by Police in Louisiana. Residents report they watched the police locate the man's pistol inside the house, bring it outside and place it next to his body before calling in forensics. The Homer Police Chief mistakenly seems to think he runs the town rather than works for it because he had this to say:
"If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names," said Mills, who is white. "I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested.
Halfway around the world, the UK Telegraph reports that when it comes to climate change Nobody Listens to the Scientists!
And since fighting to defend the Second Amendment has been my main theme lately, I should mention that Some People Believe Obama Has Bypassed Everyone and gone straight to the source by Ordering the DoD to Destroy Used Brass instead of selling it to reloaders.
And now, as midnight rapidly approaches, let me close with a video.
I sit here, thousands of miles of open ocean between me and my homeland, and I am screaming for the country of my birth to wake up and take charge of their government. I cannot believe the apathy, the devotion to meaningless reality television, the sheer idiocy of 60% of the adult population not even bothering to vote.
Well, here is someone who feels the same way I do:
Late breaking update (March 18, 2009):
According to Sipsey Street Irrregulars, the DoD Brass Destruction Policy Has Been Reversed. The quick turnaround was brought about by a massive grassroots campaign coupled with the efforts of two hardworking Senators from Montana after being notified about the policy by Gary Marbut of Montana Shooting Sports Association. (A .pdf file of the Senator's letter is available online.)