Monday, December 13, 2010

This is when you know the gun laws are wrong

As Mexico drug violence runs rampant, U.S. guns tied to crime south of border:

"Federal authorities say more than 60,000 U.S. guns of all types have been recovered in Mexico in the past four years, helping fuel the violence that has contributed to 30,000 deaths."

"No other state has produced more guns seized by police in the brutal Mexican drug wars than Texas. In the Lone Star State, no other city has more guns linked to Mexican crime scenes than Houston."

I am not anti-gun. I don't own one but I would not be happy to be prevented from gun ownership. But I would not be distressed if I were required to apply for a permit even to transport it outside my home. I would expect severe penalties for any connection between the possession of a gun and alcohol or drug, even prescription, use.

The issue isn't to ban or not ban guns - it is reasonable and consistent regulation among the states. As this article makes clear - gun laws are very much like fireworks' laws - people, especially criminals, will travel to the state or city where the regulations are the weakest.

E. g., Texas is number 4 in states where the originating sales of guns have turned up in the greatest number of criminal matters in other states. Texas is a net exporter of guns. Gun ownership will take the path of least resistance.

Does this signal a support for Mayor Adams' gun ordinance? Not likely. His proposal is merely a political gesture to sooth the anger of some who apparently live in some other dimension where it is believed that by placing restrictions on gun ownership and use it will prevent crime. It doesn't follow. There is much more to it especially when gangs are the issue. [See earlier post.]