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March 30, 2009

Compromising national security on a whim

It was by an act of good will that I supported, in a previous posting, Secretary Clinton's statement about the U.S.'s hand in the drug trade. I don't mean to let anyone down, but she only briefly held on to truth before she got lost in national security guesswork. 

Clinton made a statement that was completely unsubstantiated and, I believe, false. With regard to the trafficking of guns and other weapons to the major Mexican drug cartels, she said, "Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police, of soldiers and civilians." 

It could be true that some guns are finding their way from the U.S. down into Mexico. The quantity would be so insignificant it's not worth investing much money or time into. I also don't doubt that Mexican drug cartels are using American-made guns, at least to some degree. Given that Russia, the United States, and China are the largest gun dealers in the world, there are American-made guns all over the world. That doesn't mean they were trafficked there. For years the Mexican government has obtained guns from the U.S., and given the corruption in the Mexican government it's a logical step to say that most of these American-made guns are being acquired from within Mexico.

Another way Mexican drug cartels are likely getting so many weapons is the stockpiles that exist in many Central and South American countries. The Soviets saw Central and South America as a rich breeding ground for communism and funneled arms through Cuba to sustain the movement. I wonder what happened to those weapons? 

In an interview with conservative TV and radio host Glenn Beck, Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, sets the record straight. We keep hearing of all these guns being run from the U.S. into Mexico, but why don't we hear how many? LaPierre says that firearm serial numbers are not being traced from cartel gun seizures back into the U.S., and yet we continue to hear of the exorbitant amount of guns being run from the U.S. into Mexico. How would the cartels obtain the thousands of guns they need when the U.S. has thousands of state and federal gun laws? It's hard enough for a law-abiding citizen to purchase an assault rifle, let alone an illegal gang member. The cartels would acquire an insignificant number of guns, not the arsenal they are all currently sitting on.

If the U.S. is going to spend millions, or even billions, of dollars combating south-bound gun running, we should at least have some evidence as to how many guns have been trafficked into Mexico from the U.S. Otherwise, our national security will be compromised because we are spending too much effort on a relatively insignificant area of criminal activity. 

Clinton understands that all drug use contributes to the evil of drug trafficking, but unfortunately she is buying into the unsubstantiated claim that trafficked U.S. guns are spilling blood on the southern border. One step forward and one step back gets us nowhere.

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Dan Gill

There need not be a real connection. Secretary Clinton and many others in Washington will do anything to make it more difficult to obtain and own firearms in this nation. Reason and rationality don't have anything to do with it.


There is more than just american made guns in the hands of thugs. Recently, here in south Florida the local sheriff dept. pulled over a car late at night with gang members and in the back seat was discovered a Russian AK-47, loaded
and ready to go...

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