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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Former Border Patrol Commissioner Calls for Renewed AWB

The Washington Times reports this morning that the former head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection during the Bush Administration has urged the U.S. to reinstitute the ban on so called "assault weapons" and more aggressively investigate U.S. gun sellers and tighten security along its side of the border, to rein in the war between Mexico and its drug cartels.

Robert C. Bonner, who served as chairman of the CBP during the administration of George W. Bush, also served in the administration of George H.W. Bush. Bonner heads a binational task force on U.S.-Mexico border that called on the Obama administration and Congress last week to reinstate an expired ban on assault weapons and for Mexico to overhaul its frontier police and customs agencies to mirror the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"In turn, large quantities of weapons and cash generated from illegal drug sales flow south into Mexico, which makes these criminal organizations more powerful and able to corrupt government institutions," he said.

Someone needs to tell Bonner that the Cartels prefer automatic weapons, something that reninstating the Clinton Gun Ban will have no effect and thus will not make either country safer.

Currently there is no appetite in Congress to reinstate the gun ban. Don't expect that to stop the gun ban crowd that is struggling to find a reason for existance after an election day trouncing, to continue this drumbeat.

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