Obama: New gun laws won’t secure our border

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Brewer: New gun laws won’t secure border

Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
April 20, 2009

New laws to regulate gun sales in this country are not the answer to increasing violence in Mexico and along the border, Gov. Jan Brewer told federal lawmakers Monday.

Brewer, testifying before a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, said a focus on new gun laws ignores the underlying problem: the failure of the federal government to secure the border. She said the problems of violence will go away once the government does its job.

The governor said the record to date has been that Washington has been unwilling to commit the necessary funds and personnel. She noted her own request for more National Guard soldiers along the border has been rebuffed.

“If we get the resources, if we get the support and the federal government does what they’re supposed to be doing according to our Constitution, those problems will halt.”

And that, Brewer said, includes border violence.

“Stopping the flow of guns into Mexico won’t stop Mexican cartels from obtaining guns elsewhere,” she said. The governor said the evidence shows “other countries have large factories that are making guns.”

She repeated her opposition to new gun control laws after the hearing.

“I am concerned every time Washington D.C. starts talking about gun control,” she told Capitol Media Services, calling it a distraction. “Every time we keep talking about all these other issues it diverts from what the issue is: We need to secure our borders,” she said.

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Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who chairs the panel, told Brewer he hears her call.

“Personnel on the ground, boots on the ground matter when you’re in a conflict,” he said. But Lieberman wanted to know from the governor exactly what she thinks the soldiers would do.

“They would be able to help law enforcement along the border, enable them to do the kinds of things that would relieve them from doing, such as communication, logistics kind of planning, all those things that take up their time from actually supporting the border security,” Brewer said.

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever said there’s a practical reason for putting Guard troops on the border: Smugglers and border crossers “don’t have a great regard” for civil law enforcement.

“But they do have a great deal of, I’ll call it respect, more likely fear, of Army, of military resources,” he told lawmakers. “And the mere presence of those units, regardless of what their tasking is, creates a whole new element of deterrence in the minds of the border crossers.”

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Brewer said the problem is not limited to the failure of the federal government to adequately guard the border.

“It is time for the federal government to address the immense fiscal burden that border states are unfairly shouldering in combatting illegal immigration,” she said. “To date, the federal government is not bearing its full responsibility to law enforcement, education, health care, human services and the corrections system directly tied to illegal immigration and human smuggling.”

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I won’t get into your lie about 90 percent of the guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartel members coming from the United States. Even you can’t be stupid enough to believe that, although you are cynical enough to repeat it.

Sincerely yours,

Greg Raven

cc: Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Arnold Schwarzenegger