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aileron
04-01-2009, 10:32 AM
Where do these people get their funding???? Arrgh! They need to go away.


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Report Urges President to Use Existing Law to Cut Off Flow of Military-Style Guns to Mexico





Study of Gun-Trafficking Problem Concludes President Obama and Attorney General Holder Could Use 1968 Law to Immediately Stop Import Into U.S. of AK-47s and Other Assault Weapons Smuggled to Mexico

WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released Iron River: Gun Violence and Illegal Firearms Trafficking on the U.S.-Mexico Border, a comprehensive study of how the U.S. civilian firearms market contributes to the ongoing drug-related violence in Mexico. The report (see http://www.vpc.org/studies/ironriver.pdf) urges the Obama administration to take immediate action under the federal 1968 Gun Control Act to cut off imports into the U.S. of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons and "cop-killer" handguns capable of piercing police body armor. Such weapons are imported into the U.S. and then illegally trafficked into Mexico.

"With the stroke of a pen President Obama could immediately stop tens of thousands of foreign-made assault rifles from being dumped onto the U.S. market. These cheap military-style guns, mostly AK-47 variants, are not only being smuggled from the U.S. to Mexico, but are also killing police officers in the United States from Oakland to Miami," stated VPC Senior Policy Analyst and study author Tom Diaz.

Part One of Iron River provides an overview of the conflict in Mexico and its links with the United States, including the "war on drugs," the U.S. civilian firearms market, and transnational street gangs. Part Two describes in detail the role of the U.S. civilian gun market in helping fuel the war in Mexico, focusing on the deliberate introduction of semiautomatic military-style firearms that today defines the U.S. civilian marketplace and the weak regulation of guns in America that facilitates illegal trafficking. Part Three offers concrete steps to control the illegal firearms traffic, including non-legislative measures such as enforcing the import ban.

The report emphasizes "upstream" measures to inhibit the movement of firearms from legal commerce into the illegal trade, as opposed to relying solely on law enforcement efforts, which are aimed "downstream" and focus on apprehending and prosecuting illegal traffickers and criminals after the damage is done.

The Violence Policy Center (www.vpc.org) is a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury.


SOURCE Violence Policy Center

Dr Rockso
04-01-2009, 10:38 AM
....didn't this already happen?

mblat
04-01-2009, 10:39 AM
I would think.... thank it is in out long term interests if Obama would follow VPC advice.
That would give us ability challenge 1968 law now with more less friendly SCOTUS. Am I wrong on this?

yellowfin
04-01-2009, 1:39 PM
The 68 law is highly suspect, as is the 86 ban due to its arbitrary nature. Mr. Gura doesn't think the 86 ban can be challenged on the basis that select fire is inherently indefensible because it's stigmatized; he didn't cover as to whether or not it holds water as a law purely on a legal basis.

mblat
04-01-2009, 2:18 PM
The 68 law is highly suspect, as is the 86 ban due to its arbitrary nature. Mr. Gura doesn't think the 86 ban can be challenged on the basis that select fire is inherently indefensible because it's stigmatized; he didn't cover as to whether or not it holds water as a law purely on a legal basis.

At least not yet......

spyderco monkey
04-01-2009, 2:26 PM
Wow, that would eliminate the 5-7 pistol, a gun that has yet to be used in a single crime. Total weak-sauce way of preventing violence through policy, IMO.