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Monday, April 20, 2009

Janet Napolitano said something that made sense--am I in the Twighlight Zone?

I would never have thought it possible, but when CNN's Anderson Cooper tried to lead Napolitano into pushing for a ban on "assault weapons," her reply was almost . . . logical:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday that she doubts a new ban on assault-style weapons in the United States would help curtail the violence spawned by warring drug cartels in Mexico.

“I’m skeptical that it would, in part because there are large stockpiles of those assault weapons already now in Mexico,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “That’s a congressional action...It would be very controversial. And we need to act now.”

Granted, she would have made a great deal more sense had she pointed out that it's a great deal more than "assault weapons" of which the drug cartels have "large stockpiles." Consider, for example:
Stockpiles captured by Mexican soldiers show that warring traffickers are now obtaining military-grade weaponry such as grenades, launchers, machine guns, mortars and anti-tank rockets.

[ . . . ]

Even as the governments try to choke off the U.S. weapons supply, the gangs are clearly trying to expand their arsenals beyond the assault rifles and semi-automatics they can get in the United States.

These and other, much heavier weapons are readily available on the global black market, particularly from stockpiles left over from Central America's civil wars.
The drug cartels are controlled by billionaires whose business is moving contraband, and who have access to notoriously corrupt political systems (which in turn have access to true military firepower, that can be had for a price).

Still, I suppose I'm being picky--Napolitano did express skepticism over the effectiveness of a renewed AWB--that's a start, and we'll be sure to remind her of that statement when the administration does press hard for a new AWB (you know it will happen eventually).


the pistolero said...

Whoa, I never thought I'd see an administration official go off-script in THAT direction. Bet that really teed Urkel off.
Way off topic, Kurt, did you ever get your hands on any Cross Canadian Ragweed music?

Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

No--haven't done that yet. I need to get on that.

TexasFred said...

What these knuckleheads in the Obama Administration just don't understand is, the damned guns are NOT coming from the USA in ANY quantities necessary to conduct a war..

Central and South America, former Soviet bloc nations, N. Korea and Russia itself not only can and will, but quite likely DO supply all the weapons and ammo the drug lords need to conduct their nefarious business..

As well as many pieces supplied by the Mexican Army itself...

straightarrow said...

Sorry, Texas Fred, they do understand that, but it just doesn't play into their hands to gain a monopoly of force here in the U.S.

Never attribute to ignorance in a state functionary what can be explained by evil intentions.

RG said...

Straightarrow, you nailed the whole damned problem in one statement!