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Letter: Mexican cartels are not law abiding citizens

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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 8:03 am | Updated: 8:36 am, Wed Oct 31, 2012.

Mike McClellan’s headline should be that “Mexican cartels are well armed due to failure to enforce existing laws in Mexico. (Or, Mexican cartels are lawless criminals). Because if they already have laws prohibiting purchase and possession of weapons larger than .32 handguns, then it’s just proving once again that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Visit Chicago or D.C. sometime if you doubt that, Mike.

More laws on our side of the border won’t change this. If you were to completely shut off any/all firearms from the U.S., then the cartels would just buy them from someone else, like the people/countries who already supply their grenades, explosives and full auto weapons, you know, the stuff they don’t get from here. You’re not really naive enough to believe that they are buying their RPGs from local firearm dealers through straw purchases, are you?

Incidentally, these straw purchasers are rarely prosecuted despite laws already on the books. Will more laws really help when the DOJ doesn’t enforce the ones they already have? Of course not.

So explain to me how more restrictions on law abiding American citizens’ constitutional rights will result in less government and law enforcement corruption south of the border, and more security up here, Mike.

And don’t forget that those willing to trade their personal liberties for security deserve neither ...

Joe Kostur

Apache Junction

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