Even after what happened to Gabby Giffords, nobody wants to talk about guns anymore. But I heard something stunning yesterday about the ready availability of assault weapons.
Standing in the Rose Garden alongside President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Steve Harper, President Calderon of Mexico was asked about the gun violence in his country – and what he was doing about it.
Calderon noted that the gun violence in Mexico began to escalate in 2004, the year the ban on assault weapons expired in the United States.
In the last four years, said Calderon, Mexican police have seized 140,000 weapons, most of them assault rifles, and most of them purchased in the United States and taken south across the border to be used in the drug wars.
In fact, he pointed out, there are 8,000 gun shops along the Mexican border with the United States. That means, he said, there are approximately nine gun shops for every one Wal-Mart that exists in the United States and Mexico.
And we complain about violence in Mexico? When are we going to stop selling them our guns?
That’s my parting shot for today.