In the end, it is just becoming standard that if you are going to blame America’s problems on someone, you might as well blame Mexico and those “illegals.”
That is exactly what National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre did in the opening paragraphs of a three-page “Stand and Fight” tome published yesterday by The Daily Caller.
It has always been sensible for good citizens to own and carry firearms for lawful protection against violent criminals who prey on decent people.
During the second Obama term, however, additional threats are growing. Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States. Phoenix is already one of the kidnapping capitals of the world, and though the states on the U.S./Mexico border may be the first places in the nation to suffer from cartel violence, by no means are they the last.
The president flagrantly defies the 2006 federal law ordering the construction of a secure border fence along the entire Mexican border. So the border today remains porous not only to people seeking jobs in the U.S., but to criminals whose jobs are murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping. Ominously, the border also remains open to agents of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Numerous intelligence sources have confirmed that foreign terrorists have identified the southern U.S. border as their path of entry into the country.
Apparently, LaPierre doesn’t like to use actual facts when rallying his base. Why would he? The claim about Phoenix? False. The whole issue of “drug gangs?” Eh, does LaPierre know anything about simple economics? If the United States were not such an amazing drug market, then there would be no economic incentive for the cartels to sell here. Does LaPierre not even see what the real problem is here? To suggest that “cartel violence” will now take over the United States is classic fear-mongering. Yup, Americans, you need your guns to protect yourself from all those Mexicans. FYI, Wayne, is you are going to become an “expert” on the complex drug issue, read this? We would think the “drug problem” would go away with a major push for decriminalization of the market, than a call for even more militarization of it. Just ask the over 60,000 Mexicans who have died since 2006 in a failed war on drugs.
And what planet is LaPierre getting his immigration statistics from? Because according to actual adults who do this for a living, illegal border crossings are at their lowest level since 1971. In fact, LaPierre should be celebrating the fact that President Obama is known as the Deporter-in-Chief. He’s sending all those “illegals” back! (By the way, we aren’t celebrating that very tragic fact.)
Yet, when you are desperate, you will revert to racism and ignorant talking points. Come up with a better argument the next time, Wayne. Nativism is becoming a hard sell these days. But we doubt you will. #NoMames.
By the way, the border issue is not the only problem LaPierre had with this piece, as the following segment from “Morning Joe” reveals: