• A question for the Governor and Senator McCain in the wake of Agent Nicholas Ivie’s death
    posted by Mike McClellan at 3 October, 10:32 AM  0 
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    It didn’t take long for politics to merge with the murder of Border Patrol Agent Nick Ivie.

    His murder once again highlights the dangerous job those men and women perform every day.  With luck, his murderers will be captured or killed.

    But our governor, Senator McCain, and other Republicans leapt at the chance to get a few digs in at the Obama Administration.

    What I noticed about all their comments, though, was the missing question:

    How do those guns get in the cartels’ hands in the first place?

    After all, Mexico estimates that 2,000 weapons are smuggled daily across the border.

    So, Governor Brewer and Senator McCain, how do so many guns get there?

    Part of the answer is this:  Because we allow unlimited purchase of guns.  Here in Arizona, a person can purchase “as many weapons as they want “as long as they’re 18 or older and pass a criminal background check. There are no waiting periods and no need for permits, and buyers are allowed to resell the guns,”  according to Fortune magazine.

    The article notes, “By 2009 the Sinaloa drug cartel had made Phoenix its gun supermarket and recruited young Americans as its designated shoppers or straw purchasers  . . . [the ATF began investigating] a group of buyers, some not even old enough to buy beer, whose members were plunking down as much as $20,000 in cash to purchase up to 20 semiautomatics at a time, and then delivering the weapons to others.”

    Now, why do we allow this to happen?  Why are our laws so lax?  Why can straw buyers walk into a gun store and purchase a load of assault rifles?

    Three letters.  N-R-A.

    The NRA opposes any limits on gun purchases.  And that opposition is tantamount to law in our state.

    So I guess we should ask Governor Brewer and Senator McCain this question:

    Will you support a law that would restrict the number of weapons a buyer can purchase at a single time?  Will you even take that little step to dim the number of guns run across the border each day?

    Or are you so frightened of the NRA that you’d rather have the cartels continue their access to unlimited guns, courtesy of the NRA and your fear?


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