Originally Posted by oakchas
For reference, this is the full and complete text from the May 3 2013 speech at the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, Mexico: click.
In that speech, here is the only paragraph that Obama spoke regarding the Second Amendment and arms. Nothing else was stated about guns/firearms in that speech, but this:
And we also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States. (Applause.) I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms, and as President I swore an oath to uphold that right and I always will.
But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do. (Applause.)
So we’ll keep increasing the pressure on gun traffickers who bring illegal guns into Mexico. We’ll keep putting these criminals where they belong — behind bars.
That "Palookaville" article in the OP suggests Obama claimed he'd push to extend U.S. Constitution protections to illegal immigrants crossing the border, and that he'd push to allow them to carry as many weapons with them as they could carry. False accusation, it seems. The text of the speech included nothing of the sort.
Hard to imagine that if "trafficking" consists of unlawful, underground transport of weaponry from this country that the term fails to apply to unlawful transport of weaponry into this country. At worst, he focused on the trumped-up claim of trafficking of arms into Mexico but made zero reference to arms coming the other direction.
From the Palookaville (OP) article:
“In America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right…. That can save lives here in Mexico… and it’s the right thing to do,” President Obama said Thursday during a speech at Mexico’s Anthropology Museum.
He's right. If Mexico were to cease criminalizing its subjects for daring to protect themselves against crime, Mexican people would be far safer against predators ... felonious criminals, wayward federales, etc.
From the Palookaville (OP) article:
His visit was intended to weaken resistance from the U.S. public and skeptical lawmakers by showing that Mexico no longer poses the illegal immigration threat it once did, but most Americans were able to see through the President’s weak sales pitch.
Crappy economics will do that. But it'll surely be an unstoppable flood once the economics turn, again. It's not as though the border's stopping folks, or that the threats of capture or prosecution are stopping many.
From the speech text:
And so we agree that the relationship between our nations must be defined not by the threats that we face but by the prosperity and the opportunity that we can create together. (Applause.)
Fine. And yet, our relationship with the murderous and ruthless drug cartels, assassins and drug mules must be as one treats a rabid dog: shoving them into the hole as quickly as possible. And our relationship with unlawful invaders of our country be repelled and turned back. Failure on this score is a border-destroying, nation-destroying, liberty-destroying luxury (allowing the cartels and human trafficking to continue to operate with relative impunity across our borders) we simply cannot afford to tolerate.