CL: Mexican gun problem theirs, not ours

President Obama visited Mexico last week to discuss the escalating border drug wars with Mexico President Felipe Calderon.

Calderon had wanted stricter gun control laws in the United States, claiming that American assault weapons are arming Mexican drug cartels.

Mexico has a problem and the U.S. has a problem with drugs and the drug cartels, but more American gun control is not the answer, nor is it relevant.

President Obama was right to stick to his guns, so to speak, in not pushing for a renewal of the former assault weapon ban that expired under the Bush administration. While Obama says the ban made sense, he said it would not be easily reinstated and it made more sense to better enforce existing gun laws now on the books designed to keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals.

Clarion-Ledger
4/20/9