Friday, July 13, 2012
"Don't give revolvers to youngsters"
A recent report on guns by STRATFOR, a global intelligence services company, is really depressing.
Nominally, the piece deals with the "Fast and Furious" botch-up involving guns sold in the U.S. that end up in Mexico.
That is, guns sold legally in the U.S. that end up in Mexico, legally or illegally, to be used for illegal purposes that include killing lots of people.
Let's leave aside for a moment the wacky concerns of the NRA and gun rights advocates about the so-called "chilling effect" of law enforcement activities to control high volume sales of automatic weapons that have nothing to do with personal protection and defense of the American home from intruders.
The drug cartels will buy guns from dealers in Chicago or Atlanta or other cities far from the border.
They will buy gun components—the basic receiver that fires the bullets, the barrel, the trigger, the bolt, etc—easily, anywhere, because the separate components are not regulated, and assemble the guns in Mexico.
They'll buy guns and grenades from the Mexican military, or shady military sources in Central American countries, or from international arms dealers….
….or they'll buy guns from Chinese organized crime syndicates, or from numerous sources for black market assault rifles in Africa, or from Balkan cocaine traffickers who have access to large stockpiles of off-the-books weapons in Eastern Europe…
There's no way to stop the flow of guns to Mexican gangs and drug lords, or to the other gangs and drug lords and terrorists spread out across the planet.
We have a gun problem. At least we should be doing a much better job of controlling it here in America.
And by the way, the quote above about "Don't give revolvers to youngsters" is from a 4th of July newspaper story in Bethlehem, PA, back in 1908. I guess it was easier to understand the gun problem then.
Too many guns....another thought