Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Opening Salvo

Well, it's official now. Attorney General Eric Holder has officially announced the Obama regimes intention to the re-institute the expired "Assault Weapons Ban". Not because there is any rise in use of semi-automatic rifles in crimes in the U.S.. Nope, he wants it re-instituted because Mexico is falling apart under the strain of the failed War On Drugs.
The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today. "As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons," Holder told reporters.

Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border.

"I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum." Holder said at a news conference on the arrest of more than 700 people in a drug enforcement crackdown on Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S.
Mr. Holder and Mr. Obama wish to further the infringement of our rights because a neighbouring country is falling apart. Because violence along the border is escalating and is already spilling over that border, they wish to disarm the very people who may need semi-automatic rifles for protection.

The Obama administration had best pay heed to the words of those out in the real world. Folks aren't going to take disarmament well and there will likely be repercussions. Hopefully, those repercussions will be at the ballot box and not in the streets. Firearms sales of semi-autos are already at an all time high, in anticipation of just such an announcement from the Obama administration. What do these bureaucrats think the reaction will be should they manage to pass another useless firearms ban? Sad to say, but these people are so stupid that they cannot even see beyond their own noses where this issue is concerned. They'd best get new glasses that let them see reality, rather than the world they exist in inside the Beltway.

I wonder if the NRA is regretting not opposing Eric Holders nomination now? Or are they still suffering from Beltway Blindness? And what will the response be from the Libertarian Party? Will they actually join in the fray for once?

For more on this join the discussion over at David Codrea's Examiner column. No doubt there will be lots to be said there and at Digg. This is just the warning shot, the battle is still to come.

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UPDATE: Nancy Pelosi weighs in and denies any push to reenact the AWB. Of course her lips were moving and we all know what that means.
Attorney General Eric Holder raised the prospect Wednesday that the administration would push to bring back the ban. But Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he never talked to her. The Speaker gave a flat “no” when asked if she had talked to administration officials about the ban.

“On that score, I think we need to enforce the laws we have right now,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference.