Josh Horowitz on the situation in Mexico
Over at the Huffington Post. It's one of the fad arguments: American guns are being used by the drug gangs there, so America needs to change its laws.
One wonders ... how do the guns get there? Answer: slip the border guard a small sum (used to be $10, now I've heard it's $20, weakening dollar affects everything) and he doesn't look in the trunk of your car. You can import dozens of guns for $20.
I've had a few stolen, and I'd be 80% sure they went south, with a modest tip at the border.
I had a friend who went down there with a buddy. After passing the border, the buddy opened his trunk and inside was an unregistered Thompson. The friend went ballistic -- a full auto in a military caliber? They crucify us! Don't worry, said the buddy. Turned out it was a birthday gift for a police official, who loved it and let all the other police handle it.
Hat tip to reader Jack Anderson...
I can't seem to log in to the HuffPoo.
But I will grant Josh that he's a master of two concepts - denial and deception.
Posted by: Carl in Chicago at June 11, 2008 05:39 PM
Charles Bukowski said it. Alister Crowley said it. I say it.
Mexico is just a bad place.
Posted by: Letalis Maximus, Esq. at June 11, 2008 08:08 PM
Once the drug gangs off each other just think of the cheap oil we can get invading...the folks looking for honest work have fled here, dishonestly but they're out of cluster bomb range. The rest are corrupt and/or murders, so no big loss.
Seriously wasn't there just a case within the last few months of a guy in the US army getting nailed for driving over the border (accidentally I believe) who had his guns in the car. Was arrested down there and was awaiting trial. I guess it just doesn't pay to be honest these days.
Posted by: Tom at June 11, 2008 09:55 PM