Hunters, target shooters and general gun owners: Try to imagine living in a country that has only one gun store. It’s run by the army, and buyers, who often wait months before receiving a permit, have to prove first that they make an honest living.
They must also undergo a psychological exam. The number of guns one can own is restricted. Ammunition sales are limited. Areas where guns can be carried are severely restricted. Selling guns to another person requires gobs of red tape.
That country is Mexico.
The Arizona Republic today ran a story on Mexico’s gun-control laws, among the strictest in the world, and quoted a Mexican gun shopper as saying, “If the United States had a system like ours, we wouldn’t have so many problems here in Mexico.”
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Agustin Villordo was referring, of course, to the heavily armed drug cartels, whose weapons come primarily from the U.S. And his statement surely will cause U.S. citizens — who cherish their 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms as they cherish their freedom — to collectively cringe.
On Thursday, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be in Mexico City to discuss ways to prevent smuggling weapons into Mexico. Mexican President Felipe Calderon said recently that “it is necessary to reduce the sale of weapons, particularly of high-power weapons, in the United States.”
(That pitter-patter of feet you hear is the sound of U.S. citizens running to the nearest gun store to purchase weapons before the gun-control screws are tightened on this side of the border.)