Soon after Obama assumed the White House, his new Attorney General Eric Holder proclaimed that a new gun ban would help Mexico.
“Well…there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons. I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum.”
Mexico has draconian gun control. Researcher Dave Kopel notes that possession of firearms above .22 caliber is practically prohibited, though there is a second set of rules for the wealthy. Mexico also requires registration for all civilian gun owners, and federal and state governments actively discourage firearms ownership.
So how’s that working out?
The El Paso Times reports that in July, Ciudad Juárez experienced 218 homicides.
More than 1,300 people have been killed in Juárez this year, and more than 8,600 have been killed since 2008 when a war began between the Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels.
Meanwhile, here in Texas:
- Law-abiding citizens can walk into a gun store, buy a gun, and walk out with your purchase.
- Law-abiding citizens can carry concealed handguns in public.
- Concealed carry licensees are exempt from the NICS background check, because a FBI background check is part of getting their carry license.
In 2011 to date, sister city El Paso has experienced 15 homicides.
Putting it another way, it would take El Paso criminals about 50 years to catch up to the Juárez death toll January – July 2011.
Maybe Mexico needs to ban gun control.