Can you imagine what kind of stimulus package that would be?I am glad to hear this. I've been working with the GOA and NRA to oppose this in every way possible. The AWB was an unnecessary and ineffective law to start with, as well as unConstitutional.
No question that it is a politically motivated position... I think the Democrat party is learning: gun control is political poison. They started realizing that when they lost the House in 94, in part over the AWB.
NOW, what I'm wondering is this:
Calderon claims American "assault" weapons getting into Mexico are a problem.
SecState Clinton says America's "unsatiable appetite for drugs" is fueling the drug cartels that are all but in civil war against Mexico's excuse-for-a-government.
WHY is no one renewing calls for a real border fence and border security?
US-Mexico Border Fence / Great Wall of Mexico
Eight billion dollars isn't too much for real border security. Our current budget is what, three trillion? 8 Billion would be only 0.2% of our budget. We sent ten billion to Africa in aid recently. I'd think border security would be worth at least that much, since it would theoretically aid both the USA (illegal immigration and cross-border drug smuggling), and Mexico (lost profits for the drug gangs = lost power, and the alleged gun smuggling problem). As a taxpayer I'd gladly shell out eight billion every year for border security...after all it is reasonably considered one of the enumerated powers (defense).
A real one