Why does the NRA want to help violent Mexican drug cartels?

Because their more guns for everybody with no regulations absolutism drives them to these positions.  To wit:

The National Rifle Association is expected to file a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging a new federal regulation requiring gun merchants along the border with Mexico to report bulk sales of certain semiautomatic rifles, contending that the Obama administration exceeded its powers by imposing the rules last monthwithout Congressional permission.

And, why is the Obama administration doing this?

The rule is meant to make it harder for Mexican drug cartels to obtain military-style weapons from American dealerships and smuggle them to Mexico, where they are illegal to sell to consumers. American weapons — often bought by “straw buyers” who have a right to buy them for themselves — have been flooding across the Southwest border for years, fueling drug violence in Mexico.

Read through for more on the legal argument.  My take home point– NRA: fighting for the rights of straw purchasers to re-sell to Mexican drug gangs.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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