Operation Brown POTUS
Mexican President Felipe Calderon made an extraordinary speech to members of Congress this week, in which he asked Congress to regulate assault weapons sales, weapons that are being used to murder Mexican law enforcement officials, and that this week were also used to murder American police officers in Arkansas.
He noted (while being extremely respectful of Americans' Second Amendment rights) that there are almost 7,000 gun shops along the U.S.-Mexico border, and said 80% of weapons that his government has been able to trace originated north of the border. We have a drug problem, and we have a gun problem.
President Calderon also spoke about migration, and while expressing unhappiness that economic conditions in his country remain a driver of illegal migration to the U.S., he noted that a cooperative approach is called for, including the enactment of "laws that work", and work for everyone.
He concluded: "I have come here as your partner and as your friend. Our two great nations are joined by geography and by history, as well as by a shared brilliant future."
Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).