St. Vincent PM wants US help to stop illegal guns

St. Vincent PM wants US help to stop illegal guns
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The United States is easily the freest nation in the world when it comes to firearms. The things we can just go out and buy today are heavily restricted elsewhere in the world.

That’s particularly true throughout the Caribbean, where they’re known for pirates from back in the day, but now have to deal with illegal guns.

In fact, the prime minister of one island down there is asking for US help in stemming the tide of such weapons.

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines government Monday called on the United States to do more to curb the easy access of illegal weapons and their easy exportation to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves decried the proliferation of guns manufactured in the United States and violence associated with the illegal drugs trade as the main cause for the high rate of murders in some Latin American and Caribbean countries.

“The United States of America had to do something about not having the easy access to guns and the easy exportation of guns. They have the resources to help us with that,” he said noting that Mexico has circulated a draft resolution to be discussed at the January 24 meeting in Argentina of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) “on this very matter”.

And just what is the US supposed to do?

It’s already illegal to export guns without State Department permission. Further, St. Vincent is an island. They have every possible benefit when it comes to stopping the illegal import of firearms and they can’t seem to be able to do that, so just what would they have us do?

Oh, I know what it is. He wants us to pass gun control here in some deluded hope it will help him there.

It won’t.

See, what these nations want to do is kick the blame for their problems with illegal guns onto Americans. They blame our lack of gun control or American gun stores, but they miss the fact that everything they’re decrying is already illegal.

But if they accept that their problems are of their own making, well, that might not sit well with folks at home. They might lose elections, after all, and we simply can’t have that.

So, they take a play out of the gun control state’s handbook here in the US and blame all those illegal guns on someone who doesn’t try to restrict people’s rights. Whereas for Chicago, it’s to blame Indiana, for St. Vincent, it’s to blame the US.

What’s being missed, though, is that guns are relatively small. They can be smuggled almost anywhere and they can come from just about anywhere.

The onus is on these nations to deal with it because, frankly, we’ve got our own issues.

Focusing on the supposed source of guns–and I’m not remotely convinced the issue is from otherwise lawful gun sales here in the US–is to ignore the fact that there’s such a high demand for guns in the first place.