Honestly, I was not intending to write this morning, but The McCarville Report is reporting about this and I just couldn’t ignore it. I am sure the readers of Political Realities know full well about the drug violence in Mexico, our dear neighbors to the south. The drug cartels are running rampant and the Mexican government is virtually powerless to put much of a hiatus on their activities, much less stop them altogether. Part of the reason behind that inability is the fact that the drug cartels are very well armed and I have no doubt many of us are well aware of how President Obama and the Mexican government has blamed Americans for sending firearms across the border. Of course, it is the fact that firearms are easily accessible in the United States that is causing the problems in Mexico, or so we are told. When you look at the actual numbers of the firearms that are traced back to their origins, that fact turns out to be not so true, but that is a topic for another post. CBS News is reporting that the Mexican government has retained an American law firm to prepare a possible lawsuit against American firearms manufacturers.
CBS News has learned that the Mexican Government has retained an American law firm to explore filing civil charges against U.S. gun manufacturers and distributors over the flood of guns crossing the border into Mexico.
Sources say Mexico’s frustration with U.S. efforts to stop the flow of weapons has pushed them into this novel approach. The law firm is looking at charges that may include civil RICO. The contract was signed on November 2, 2010 by a representative of Mexico’s Attorney General, at their Washington embassy.
On November 5, 2010 President Felipe Calderon expressed his frustration to CBS News correspondent Peter Greenberg: “We seized more than 90,000 weapons…I am talking like 50,000 assault weapons, AR-15 machine guns, more than 8,000 grenades and almost 10 million bullets. Amazing figures and according to all those cases, the ones we are able to track, most of these are American weapons.”
According to sources, investigators will obtain makes and serial numbers of guns seized by Mexican authorities and trace them to their U.S. distributors and manufacturers.
Okay, I take it back. I will address the theory that the guns in Mexico all or mostly come from America. What they fail to note is the fact that they are unable to trace the majority of the firearms back to their place of origin. To hear them tell it, you would think all of them come from our country and that has not been proven. In fact, there is evidence to the contrary, but you will never hear that from the Mexicans or the current occupants of the White House.
Going back to the lawsuit, I fail to see where they have a leg to stand on. For all of you who are not aware of how a gun works, it is an inanimate object until a human being picks it up and pulls the trigger. Contrary to popular belief, they are not inherently evil and they do not cause problems. For the Mexican government to imply they are going to hold Ruger, Smith & Wesson, or any other firearms manufacturer responsible for what is happening in Mexico is more than a little ludicrous. It is downright preposterous. Following their logic, General Motors, Ford, or Chrysler could be sued because they manufactured a vehicle that was used in a drunk driving incident. When is the last time that happened?
I don’t pretend to know a lot about the law and how lawsuits are considered, so someone will have to tell me how our southern neighbors even have a leg to stand on. Again, following the twisted path of their own logic, why doesn’t the American government prepare a lawsuit against the Mexican government, as they seem to be incapable or unwilling to stop the flow of drugs across the border? Doesn’t that compute, just as much as the Mexican government trying to sue an American company for the damage one of their products has done in Mexico? Maybe it does for some people, but in my simple way of thinking, if the Mexican government goes ahead with this lawsuit, our court system should laugh them out of town.
I can’t wait to see how this turns out. It’s bound to be a blast.