Mexican President Calls for U.S. to Reinstall Assault Weapons Ban
Roll Call reports:
Mexican President Felipe Calderon called for the reinstatement of a ban on the sale of assault weapons in the U.S. while reiterating his opposition to a controversial Arizona immigration law during an address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday.
Calderon, citing his administration’s efforts to address the growing violence on the border related to the drug trade, argued that the spike in violence resulted in part from the end of the assault weapons ban in 2004.
Some Democrats on Capitol Hill, as well as Attorney General Eric Holder, have floated the idea of proposing a renewal of the assault weapons ban. But in the face of opposition from the gun lobby — not to mention the conservative Democrats who represent most of the party’s gains in recent elections — that idea has gone precisely nowhere.