July 31, 2011
Earlier this month, Rep. Carolyn Maloney introduced “Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act,” H.R. 2554, a gun-grabbing bill little noticed by the corporate media. It is co-sponsored by Elijah Cummings, Democrat and Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and notorious gun-grabber Carolyn McCarthy.
Democrats introducing legislation designed to chip away at the Second Amendment is nothing new. This time around, however, the amazing part is Maloney and her co-conspirators are using the government’s gun smuggling program, Fast & Furious, as an excuse to clamp down on “illegal trafficking” in firearms.
As the BATF admitted during hearings, the government didn’t entice gun dealers or send in informants to sell guns to drug cartels in Mexico. Instead, they sold 30,000 guns to the banker financed cartels through so-called “straw purchasers,” who were mostly “a bunch of kids.” The effort went up the chain of command to the director of the ATF, Kenneth Melson, who will probably retire in disgrace.
AK-47s, sniper rifles and .38-caliber revolvers from the U.S. are showing up at Mexican crime scenes at an alarming rate. They are responsible for the murder of police, innocent bystanders, and countless victims of the drug cartels financed by Wacovia and other U.S. banks.
Instead of prosecuting people at the BATF and the Justice Department, Maloney and her cohorts are using Fast & Furious as an excuse to further strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights. Her bill would lower the bar on gun trafficking and criminalize what is now considered legal trade in firearms.
The corporate media is completely oblivious to this hypocrisy. Maloney’s bill is being portrayed as an effort to combat the drug cartels and put an end to the violence in Mexico at the same time congressional hearings reveal the government is responsible for arming them.
If the government really wanted to end the illegal drug business and stop the trafficking of weapons, it would prosecute the banks responsible for financing and profiting from the trade. It would decriminalize or legalize drugs (most of the Mexican drug trade is marijuana). It would also dismantle the BATF.