Mexico asks US to bring back federal “assault weapons ban” – Holder’s cool with that

I can not comprehend how stupid these people are. Supposedly when Rep. Gerry Connelly (D-Va.) was visiting with Mexico’s attorney general, he asked what was the one thing the United States could do to help Mexico in their battle against the drug cartels. They wanted the federal assault weapons ban (AWB) brought back of course!

Idiots all of them. Stupid pandering that would do nothing to quell the out-of-control violence in Mexico. Attorney General Holder’s answer was not a surprise – the administration wants to bring it back.

This administration has consistently favored the reinstitution of the assault weapons ban. It is something that we think was useful in the past with regard to the reduction that we’ve seen in crime, and certainly would have a positive impact on our relationship and the crime situation in Mexico.

Catch that second sentence? Holder actually stated the Obama administration thinks the AWB was useful in the past with regard to the reduction that we’ve seen in crime. WTF? The federal AWB expired more than seven years ago. Since then, the sales of sporting rifles – a.k.a. extraordinarily dangerous assault weapons – have gone through the roof especially during and just after the 2008 federal election. Manufactures could not make the things fast enough.

Of course, after the AWB expired, the gun-grabbers claimed “blood would run in streets” throughout America. Bull shit. There is no evidence that would or did come to be, rather just the opposite happened in the United States.

Has Holder even bothered to look at the FBI crime statistics? The FBI is part of the Department of Justice right? How do people allow Holder to outright lie like this?

Of course, Mexico has an issue with a small percentage of weapons that might cross into their country. We’ll maybe if we both made the effort to secure the border, Mexican law enforcement would cooperate with the DOJ, and the ATF would stop letting guns walk into the hands of the drug cartels, Mexico wouldn’t have such a big issue. Then their is that whole War on Drugs thing…

Fig. 1: NOT Defined as an "Assault Weapon"

What was the definition of an assault weapon in the federal ban?

Good question. First, it had to be a semi-automatic rifle that had a detachable magazine (usually with a maximum of between 10 and 20 rounds) and two or more of the following.

  • Folding or telescoping stock
  • Pistol grip
  • Bayonet mount
  • Flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one
  • Grenade launcher

All of these rifles generally had a pistol grip, therefore if you had something like what is shown in Fig. 1 to the right, it was a perfectly legal rifle under the 1994 Clinton Federal Assault Weapons ban.

In other words, the Obama administration – Holder included – and the attorney general in Mexico draw the hard line at having either an adjustable stock, flash suppressor or a bayonet on a rifle. Somehow those features make the rifles extraordinarily dangerous.

What the hell are they smoking? How the hell will banning an adjustable stock help slow or stop the violence in Mexico?

(Don’t worry about grenade launchers  … even if you had the launcher … you can’t get any grenades.)

Look, the chance of a new federal AWB passing within the next four years is slim to none. That said, I’m willing to bet the DOJ and the Obama administration will do everything they can to completely eliminate Congress from the equation and “make things happen” without having to deal with Congress at all. You know … ignore the will of the people.

Check out Holder’s testimony from last week starting at about 2 hrs & 25 minutes. Connelly – a complete idiot – seems to have an issue with the penalties. He thinks they are not tough enough and Holder agrees and likens the penalties for straw purchasers to be consistent with a speeding ticket. Oh really? The penalty for making a straw purchase – a felony – is a maximum of 10 years in prison, up to a $10,000 fine or both. The straw purchaser as well as the person who unlawfully takes position of the firearm can both be charged.

If those criminals are getting off with what amounts to a $300 speeding ticket, whose fault is that?

Connelly sat there and made it seem the Republicans were ignoring that issue when in reality Congress dealt with it years ago. Connelly is pointing out for us Judicial Branch of the government (Holder) isn’t charging them to the full extent of the law or he’s making stuff up out of thin air. Notice his attitude in the video. Bastard.

That said, in Sept. 2011, a straw purchaser was convicted and sent to prison for 10 years. A quick search on the DOJ website also provided this case where the woman pled guilty and faced “a maximum sentence of ten years in prison without parole, followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000”.

More examples here (faces 10 years), here (sentenced to three years), here (sentenced to four years), and from March 2011 here (possible total sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.)

Those are not speeding tickets and I’m not an idiot. If Holder and Connelly think they can pull this crap with me watching, I’ll do what I can to stop it. Again, the relevant testimony as it pertains to this post starts at the 2 hr, 25 minute mark.


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  1. Plainvillian on February 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Watching this video evokes an image of intellectual and ethical pygmies swimming in a pool of their own excrement.? Do we really deserve this government?

    • GdavidH on February 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Us? No!
      But every liberal or progressive that voted for this non-vetted, constitution despising, racist, terrorist coddling, christian bashing, anti-capitalist, lying a$$?zero does.
      ?Steve, don’t think I ever saw language like that here before. Point made.

  2. RoBrDona on February 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    For the elite progressives there is no lie large enough to work toward curtailing our Constitutional privileges as US citizens. ?

  3. Dimsdale on February 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Why are liberals always looking to foreigners for guidance (here and in the judicial branch)?? Seriously (and rhetorically), isn’t the Constitution they swore to uphold good enough for them?
    Steve is giving us an excellent preview of what will happen with another four years of the ?bamanation, particularly if the lefties get more opportunities to just continue to bypass Congress and move us closer to the banana republic model they so treasure.? The next election will determine if we go down path to Third world status with the liberals, or regain (or maintain) First world status with conservatives (I won’t say Republicans).
    The choice is ours.

  4. stinkfoot on February 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Holder and his band of merry men have been working “fast and furious” on perpetrating the justification for rolling out more restrictive gun bans on the premise that lax regulations directly resulted in American weapons crossing the Mexican border and being used by drug cartel criminals on innocents, including Americans.
    The cause for those weapons finding their way into the wrong hands does need to be dealt with decisively, but it’s NOT the gun laws- it’s the low people in high places here who ensure that the weaponry makes it south of the border in order to be implicated in murders- generating the needed outrage to support stripping law abiding citizens of their right to bear arms.
    …but go ahead and pit the only chance for conservatism against one another based on matters of personal ethics so Obummer, our modern day Captain Edward John Smith can steer this sinking ship directly into the iceberg he’s charted its course for thus far.? Last time I heard, willfully allowing my weapons to find the hands of a criminal would land me a snoot full of legal trouble- so where are the indictments??
    This would be a splendid time to roll this whole mess out.? Maybe the voter…

    • stinkfoot on February 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Maybe the voter will understand the ethical ilk of Barrie-O and his posse. (to finish)

  5. Eric on February 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    So I’m guessing that this is probably Plan B that these clowns had to pull out after Holder absolutely screwed up Plan A. ?I don’t think Bammy thought this thing was going blow up in their faces the way it did. ?So we send this Connelly bozo down to Mexico and, low and behold, Mexico’s AG is begging the US to ban assault weapons. ?Huh, what a coincidence! ?Why didn’t he ask us to keep our corrupt Justice Department away from their northern border, especially if they’re intention is to arm the Cartels with automatic weapons? ?Or what didn’t he ask us to step-up our border security, in spite of the fact that Big Sis Napolitano claims the border with Mexico has never been safer! ?This whole thing stinks to high heaven. ?Everything our crooked AG touches turns to s–t! ?Obama’s no better… he seems to enjoy surrounding himself with people who have to look up to see the bottom of the barrel. ?The way this White House has operated reminds me of F Troop! ?Except F Troop was a bit more organized.

  6. PatRiot on February 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Arrrrggghh !? The best we can hope for is that they OD on whatever drugs they are taking — and soon!
    It is clear that using logic to persuade them to do the right thing is a waste of time.

    • phil on February 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Never try to teach a liberal to think.? It wastes your time, and it irritates the liberal.

    • Dimsdale on February 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Don’t I know it!? 😉

  7. Tracy on February 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Steve, don’t kid yourself……the next AWB will include anything that repeats from a magazine. These guys know exactly what they are doing.

  8. Lynn on February 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Why is Holder still Attorney General? He is responsible for a totally irresponsible program.?

  9. PatRiot on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    From the desk of Eric Holder:?
    ???? Dear?Jan Brewer, Gov. of the great state of AZ.? Remember when you asked me to have?the Federal government do its job and protect your border?? And I said no – ha.? Then you said your state had the right to protect itself.? I laughed at that too.? I ran?off to?the UN to tattle on you.??And I took your state to court so that you could not protect yourself.??And look at you, still following the rules.
    Well,? before?the American people try to get me thrown out, I’m gonna take?your resident’s , NO – the whole country’s rights to protect themselves. – hoo hoo, now I’m safe !??And I’ll pass it?off as just being neighborly to our Mexican friends.??Oh yeah!
    I love my job.
    Sucks to be you,

    • stinkfoot on February 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      From the Desk of Jan Brewer
      Dear Attorney Genital Holder,
      Enclosed you’ll find the letter you dispatched to me.? Please file it near your deepest benign polyp.? If you need to reference it in the future I’ll be more than happy to fish it out using one of the weapons you helped smuggle into the hands of the cartel to furnish justification for your intended assault on the second amendment.? By the way, have you ever crushed rock at Leavenworth, Kansas?
      Enjoy it while you still have it


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