Asymptotic Life on the rush to buy assault weapons (because gun owners are afraid Obama might ban them.)
My local retailer says industry news sources indicate that over 10 million assault rifles were sold following President Obama’s announcement. That’s one new assault rifle for every 30 Americans.
That’s not as scary as it might sound. Says Maine gun store owner Ralph McLeod,
“The bad guys don’t care about assault rifles; they want handguns.”
Not so. There are some seriously certifiable bad guys, the Mexican drug cartels who want them. They use straw buyers to buy assault weapons in the US then smuggle them to Mexico. Emphasis added.
Mexican and US authorities have traced over 90 percent of the guns used by the cartels to American gun shops and shows, even though US laws forbid foreign nationals from buying fire arms.
While assault weapons sold here are not full auto, this seems to make little difference to the drug cartels.
I’m not opposed to people owning assault weapons. However, we clearly need way stricter regulation and licensing than the apparent gaping loopholes and nonexistent enforcement that exists in too much of the Southwest.
When you rent a car, you must show valid ID and credit card. I bet you can buy an AK with less ID than that in some states. And at a gun show, it could just be a wink and a nod.