Another Shooting by Tom Reynolds
The leftist media is quick to publicize any shooting that furthers their goal of doing away with the 2nd Amendment.
Not every shooting. Only those that serve their purposes. They ignore defensive uses of a gun, of which the minimum estimate is that defensive use of a gun happens 500,000 times a year. (That minimum estimate is by the Center for Disease Control, not exactly a rabid fan of 2A.) We won’t expand on those incidents since they are easy to look up – although, not in the NY Times.
On March 14th, a U S Consulate came under fire. Twenty-two military installations and sixteen road blockades were also attacked. Spike strips were put across the road to interrupt traffic and several semi-trucks were set on fire. 700 military personnel and 4 helicopters were required to secure the area. No, not in the Ukraine or some other hot spot overseas. And not in Spokane Washington where BLM and ANTIFA have rioted. But in Mexico, only a few blocks from the US Mexican border. It happened in Nuevo Laredo which is just across the Rio Grande from Laredo Texas. Reuters News Agency has characterized this area as “one of the most violent regions of the country”. This occurred because a Mexican drug lord, “El Huevo”, was arrested and extradited to the USA.
A U S Consulate within walking distance of the U S Mexican border was caught in heavy fighting. If this happened overseas, we could expect an immediate call to send in the U S military to protect our interests and, perhaps, evacuate personnel from such a dangerous area. But since it happened at our southern border – hey, no big deal. Admitting that our open southern border abuts such a violent area that military personnel had to be used to put down the violence would not reflect well on Joe Biden’s immigration policies.
Remember, in 2004, when the mutilated and charred bodies of four American civilian contractors were dragged through the streets of Falluja? Closer to home, last November, the tortured bodies of nine men were found hanging from a bridge in the Mexican state of Zacatecas.
Mexico is aflame with wars between drug cartels and on civilians. And it doesn’t stop at the border. These same violent cartels are the wholesalers of drugs into the USA. For over half a decade, the DEA has been warning that Mexican drug cartels transport drugs into the country where they wholesale it to local distributors, such as the gangs that sell it on the street. (We should point out that the Biden administration is focused-like-a-laser on the opioid epidemic by going after “Big Pharma” and is not interested in closing the border that the Mexican drug cartels must cross.)
What does this have to do with gun rights and the 2nd Amendment?
Gun grabbers love to use statistics about children being killed by guns but, for some reason, usually neglect to point out that most of these murders are youth gang related. What finances these murderous gangs? Mexican drugs.
Gun grabbers also like to equate the record setting purchases of guns to the Covid epidemic while ignoring the real reason: riots in the USA that go unpunished and violence on our border. They also like to blame the increase in crime on the increase in gun sales. While the left may blame increased sales on Covid and increased crimes on more guns, those of us who – legally - bought the guns know that the soft-on-crime policies of mayors, governors and the president have led to our increased need to arm ourselves for protection.
The Left wants the American people to focus on only one side of any issue. For instance, it points out the number of gun related crimes but ignores the number of instances when the gun stopped a crime or protected innocent lives. In immigration, the Left focuses on those desperate illegal immigrants and ignores that an open border facilitates drug trafficking and border crossing by criminals. The Left spews statistics on the number of gun related crimes but ignores that most gun related crimes are committed with illegal guns.
Some people who defend the 2nd Amendment do not want to get involved in other issues: it’s politics. Well, they are right that it is politics but it’s all related. Immigration, racial politics in schools, federal budget deficits, anti-2A proposals, etc. They’re all related and we ignore any of them at our own peril.
It is amazing that we are seeing at our southern border something close to a failed nation, which is engulfed in violence. Instead of increasing border security, the leadership in Washington is doing nothing to protect American citizens. It’s almost as if the Left has a plan…