Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Texas A.G. Abbott: I’ll Go to Court to Block Any Gun Ban - Mexico Gun Ban Increases Crime
He is right. Those two cities are right beside each other but on the Mexico side guns are not legal and so all the bad guys can kill and victimize all they want because they have guns but law abiding citizens do not have guns to protect themselves.
Even Mexicans are crying out for the Mexican government to allow law abiding citizens the ability to have a gun to protect themselves.
from the Dallas Morning News:
Brothers in tiny Mexican town push for changes to nation’s strict gun-control laws
The LeBaron brothers, Alex and Max, walked outside their sprawling ranch surrounded by chile fields and pointed to the spot where they traded fire with gunmen who pinned them down for what seemed like hours until both sides reached a truce.
“Had we not been able to defend ourselves that afternoon with our own weapons, I don’t know that we’d be standing here today,” said Alex LeBaron, a state legislator who is leading a campaign to allow residents to arm themselves.
“Without our guns, we stood no chance,” added Max. “We would have been like sitting ducks at target practice.”
Mexico has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the world, but an overwhelming arsenal of illegal guns is readily available to drug cartels battling federal forces and rival criminal groups. The drug war has left more than 60,000 people dead and 25,000 missing since then-President Felipe Calderón sent federal troops to reclaim territories from drug traffickers shortly after taking office in 2006. Few communities have been harder hit than this region, home to chile, apple and pecan growers and cheese makers — and a smuggling route, coveted by traffickers, that leads into the United States through Texas.
“We don’t have a problem with jackrabbits,” Max said. “We have a problem with sicarios — hitmen. People show up here in fake police, soldier uniforms. You shoot first and then ask questions.”
“The right to bear arms is the best thing Americans have going for them,” said cousin Brent LeBaron Jr. “And here in Mexico, we have high hopes that we too can someday defend ourselves from traffickers armed to the teeth.”
Statements from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott from 1200 WOAI News:
Congress may be ramping up to consider gun restrictions in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, but Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the proposals being discussed now are unconstitutional, and he says he will ask the courts to throw them out if they are approved, 1200 WOAI news reports.
“I’ve been to the Supreme Court twice,” Abbott said in an interview with 1200 WOAI’s Joe Pags. “I can tell you that these laws that try to restrict our gun rights violate the Second Amendment guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms. The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken on this issue twice.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) has already indicated that she will try to ban the ownership of so-called ‘assault weapons.’ U.S. Rep Carolyn McCarthy (D-New York) is proposing bill to ban high capacity magazines. President Obama has indicated that he plans to fast track a gun restriction, even though the White House hasn’t said what proposal it will support.
Abbott says whatever is passed will be a waste of taxpayers time and money, because it won’t pass Constitutional challenges, and he says gun restrictions are ‘illogical,’ pointing to the twin cities of El Paso Texas and Juarez Mexico.
“Guns are banned in Juarez, guns are legal in El Paso,” he said. “But El Paso is far safer than Juarez.”
He says there has not been any effort ever to restrict gun ownership in the United States which has resulted in a reduction in street violence. In fact, he pointed to Chicago and New York City, both of which have among the country’s most restrictive local gun regulations, as examples.
“Two places that are two of the most dangerous cities in the United States are two places which have tried to place serious restrictions on guns, to no effect, to no consequence,” he said. “It is clear that gun restrictions are not successful.”
Abbott said the logic behind anti-gun measure escapes him.
“For something like the past eight or nine years, there have been more people killed by clubs and hammers than there have been by rifles,” he said.