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Metonymy 02-26-2009 01:48 PM

Obama's Assault Weapons Ban
Here we go....

Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban

ABC News: Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban

The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.

"As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons," Holder told reporters.

Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border.

"I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum." Holder said at a news conference on the arrest of more than 700 people in a drug enforcement crackdown on Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S.

Mexican government officials have complained that the availability of sophisticated guns from the United States have emboldened drug traffickers to fight over access routes into the U.S.

A State Department travel warning issued Feb. 20, 2009, reflected government concerns about the violence.

"Some recent Mexican army and police confrontations with drug cartels have resembled small-unit combat, with cartels employing automatic weapons and grenades," the warning said. "Large firefights have taken place in many towns and cities across Mexico, but most recently in northern Mexico, including Tijuana, Chihuahua City and Ciudad Juarez."

At the news conference today, Holder described his discussions with his Mexican counterpart about the recent spike in violence.

"I met yesterday with Attorney General Medina Mora of Mexico, and we discussed the unprecedented levels of violence his country is facing because of their enforcement efforts," he said.

Holder declined to offer any time frame for the reimplementation of the assault weapons ban, however.

"It's something, as I said, that the president talked about during the campaign," he said. "There are obviously a number of things that are -- that have been taking up a substantial amount of his time, and so, I'm not sure exactly what the sequencing will be."

In a brief interview with ABC News, Wayne LaPierre, president of the National Rifle Association, said, "I think there are a lot of Democrats on Capitol Hill cringing at Eric Holder's comments right now."

During his confirmation hearing, Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee about other gun control measures the Obama administration may consider.

"I think closing the gun show loophole, the banning of cop-killer bullets and I also think that making the assault weapons ban permanent, would be something that would be permitted under Heller," Holder said, referring to the Supreme Court ruling in Washington, D.C. v. Heller, which asserted the Second Amendment as an individual's right to own a weapon.

The Assault Weapons Ban signed into law by President Clinton in 1994 banned 19 types of semi-automatic military-style guns and ammunition clips with more than 10 rounds.

"A semi-automatic is a quintessential self-defense firearm owned by American citizens in this country," LaPierre said. "I think it is clearly covered under Heller and it's clearly, I think, protected by the Constitution."

Ash 02-26-2009 01:53 PM

So we've gone from "Just think of the children! to "Just think of the Mexicans!"???

Metonymy 02-26-2009 03:46 PM


Originally Posted by Ash (Post 1080)
So we've gone from "Just think of the children! to "Just think of the Mexicans!"???

Apparently so. :rolleyes:

Coug91 02-26-2009 06:26 PM

"Mexican government officials have complained that the availability of sophisticated guns from the United States have emboldened drug traffickers to fight over access routes into the U.S."

So, I guess the US gov being pissed about all the illegal imigrants and drug smuggling fell on deaf ears in Mexico.

Just do it for the Mexicans... what a bunch of crap!

JohnnyB 02-26-2009 07:02 PM

I don't want to repeat myself (posted on the other thread) but this is BULLSHIT! Makes me want to go punch a kitten.

JohnnyB 02-26-2009 08:58 PM has blown up with this topic today.

KillermondoDude 02-26-2009 10:30 PM

easy way to accomplish this without a gun ban
Make it a fed offence to sell to a foreign national
want a gun prove your a citizen and they all yours

Metonymy 02-26-2009 11:10 PM

I'll say this...

... if selling automatic weapons and grenades by residents of whichever state(s) to Mexicans is an issue, please let me know what gun store they are purchasing from. I'd like to go buy some as well.

Oh, wait... you can't go buy fully auto weapons and grenades at ANY local gun shops without the NFA background check, FBI review, $200 tax, and six month waiting period.

So please explain how the hell all these "automatic weapons and grenades" are somehow pouring out of the US and into Mexico?

Yeah, that's what I thought... they're not. It's a ruse to garner support for the ban.

Stupid sheeple.

kong49 02-27-2009 08:25 AM

Everyone had to have known this was coming right???

Lets hope that this is little more than political wrangling to appease the Mexican government and that they aren't going to try to push this through ASAP.

All I can say is that no matter the outcome if you haven't already ordered your AR parts - you have NO chance in hell of getting anything in the next year or more now.

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