This week President Obama met with Mexican President Filipe Calderon. Last month Secretary of State Clinton also met with Mexican officials. In both cases, Mexican officials blamed our gun rights for drug cartel related violence near our shared border.
The Mexican government considers our liberties a threat, and our own administration seems inclined to concur (Though Obama has backed off, thanks to the political vigilance of patriots). So, for now, his solution is to expand the enforcement of substance prohibition.
Conservatives are sure to complain that Obama has not been standing up for gun rights and improved boarder security, but they will also applaud his efforts to escalate the drug war. In this way conservatives are as wrong-headed as Calderon, Obama, and Clinton; conservatives will trade in their right to keep and bare arms just to stop their neighbors from getting high. Put another way, they are willing to let the liberals burn the second amendment, before they will allow their neighbor to burn a fatty.
Libertarians have no desire to control the personal behavior of others, so long as it does not threaten the rights of others. Put another way, we believe in locking people up because we fear them, not because we are mad at them.
Drug prohibition is the cause of drug violence. The profits made by the cartels, and the thousands of bodies left in their wake, are the result of US laws, but not the second amendment. This is just one example of how the two sides of the statist coin fuel tyranny.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media likes it that way, so as the conservatives cry about us losing our second amendment rights, the gun grabbers will point out the growing death toll in Mexico. As conservatives say, “build a fence,” the drug smugglers and criminal gangs will find more innovative ways to bypass it, or even exploit it.
But for the few who care to look a little deeper…
I say freedom is the answer. Don’t let a foreign leader talk us into surrendering our rights. End the unconstitutional and intrusive drug laws that caused this crisis. Then we will have a border that is much more manageable, and lives will be saved.
This isn’t the first time a foreign leader objected to American guns. Many people will be celebrating Patriots Day. This would be an excellent time to remind our neighbors what led up to the “shot heard around the world” and what those before us had to give up, to manifest the vision of liberty that so many Americans have taken for granted or forgotten.