Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Who Says Gun Control Doesn't Work?!?!?!

From Dave Kopel:

Mexico has Draconian Gun Control, Ciudad Juárez has Over 1300 Homicides This Year

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.


JD said...

Seem like they would have done even better if they had banned the ATF...

Steve T. said...

"...Attorney General Eric Holder proclaimed that a new gun ban would help Mexico."

Holder is either amazingly naive and stupid or he is a blatant sociopathic liar.

Either way he should not be holding the highest law enforcement office in the land.

Morons from the top on down with this administration.

kmitch200 said...

Holder is either amazingly naive and stupid or he is a blatant sociopathic liar

Steve, don't be too quick to discount that he's BOTH!

Graybeard said...

It would be hard to do a more perfect gun control experiment. Twin cities, similar population demographics, separated by a national border, which is (in all honesty) about as good of a seal as screen door on a submarine.

Anonymous said...

Mexican villagers attack alleged crooks, killing 6

OAXACA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities say dozens of armed villagers in southern Mexico confronted a suspected crime gang in their home and a child, a woman and four men were killed in the resulting gunbattle.

A statement Saturday from the public security chief for Oaxaca state says a town assembly voted to arm 90 of its members and sent them to detain the group allegedly behind cattle thefts, rapes and murders.

Security chief Marco Tulio Lopez says the people in the house refused to surrender and opened fire first.

Remote Mexican villages without a police presence sometimes engage in mob justice. But it is unusual for them to do so with weapons.

The incident happened in the village of Santa Cruz Tepenixtlahuaca (te-pe-nix-tla-WA-ca).

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