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Hillary’s Mexican Assault on the Second Amendment

Posted on March 27 2009 2:23 pm
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This post was written by Claude Cartaginese.


According to our “Blame-America-First” Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Mexico’s drug war is entirely the fault of the United States. “Our [America’s] inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police, of soldiers and civilians,” said Clinton yesterday. According to her, illegal drugs have been coming from Mexico into the U.S. to feed “our insatiable demand,” and in exchange American weapons have been flowing south. There’s only one problem with Mrs. Clinton’s characterization: it’s hogwash.


Before Felipe Calderon became President of Mexico and called on the military to crack down on drug traffickers, the Mexican government’s attempts at eradicating the drug trade were laughable. And despite Calderon’s efforts, the Mexican government is still corrupt—from the low-level law-enforcement officer who moonlights as a hit man for the drug cartels, right up to highly placed politicians on the cartel’s payroll. This is no secret. Our law-enforcement knows it. The average Mexican citizen knows it, too.


Here’s an example: Last week, a rogue soldier/drug-gang leader named Octavio Almanza Moreles (alias “El Gori 4”), killed retired Gen. Mauro Enrique Tello Quiñones and 10 other military men. Quiñones had recently been hired by the Cancun city government to help weed out corruption and revamp the local police force. When Almanza and several others were arrested, the operation netted 23 assault rifles, 20 handguns, 23 grenades, two grenade launchers, and a rocket launcher, among many other items.


How much of this arsenal do you think came from the U.S.? Probably none of it. Assault rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, etc. are not available in U.S. gun shops for purchase by the general public. Do you think the cartels, with all of their money and sophistication, would risk smuggling small arms from the U.S., when they can easily purchase their arms on the black market, or from sundry countries around the world (such as Venezuela or Iran), or from Hezbollah-type terror groups wishing to destabilize North America? Why wouldn’t the cartels avail themselves of a worldwide black market full of all types of military weaponry? For that matter, why not just “procure” their weapons from less-than-savory elements within the Mexican military itself—weapons which in all likelihood did come from the U.S. through legal channels?



The drug cartels can easily afford to fly their weaponry into Mexico from overseas using their own fleet of aircraft, which can land unimpeded on their own remote airfields. They can even import weapons to remote Mexican shores, using any number of their fleet of ships or submarines. The idea that all of this military-type weaponry is somehow finding its way into Mexico via the southern United States is a joke.


The Obama administration has turned the Mexican government’s problem into another “blame-America-first” crisis in order to further its gun-control agenda. The only people being fooled by all this rhetoric are those Americans listening to the likes of anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder and political hacks like Hillary Clinton, who admonishes us: “Clearly, what we have been doing has not worked and it is unfair for our incapacity … to be creating a situation where people are holding the Mexican government and people responsible. That’s not right.” 


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