For the hot-button issue that it is and considering that millions of voters will base their 2024 election choices on where a candidate stands, gun laws were scarcely mentioned in Wednesday’s second Republican presidential candidate debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. A review of the debate transcript shows the word “gun” was only brought up six times and was used by a moderator to invent and then promulgate an absolute, easily disprovable lie that went unchallenged by each candidate.
The moderator in question was Univision’s Ilia Calderón, and she addressed her question to North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum:
“Governor Burgum, for the first time ever, a Univision poll found that mass shootings and gun safety are one of the most important issues for Latino voters. Mental health concerns are not unique to the United States, but gun violence is.”
A supposed “journalist” (and Emmy winner!) from the land made infamous by its corrupt government and bloodthirsty drug cartels, “reporting” for a multinational media giant headquartered in Mexico, another corrupt country overrun by monstrously homicidal drug kingpins, asserts that “gun violence” is “unique to the United States” and not one co-moderator and not one candidate called her delusional on it and chastised her for exploiting the event with transparent propagandizing?
“Since 2015, the national homicide rate in Mexico has increased by 76.3 percent, with the total number of homicides over this seven-year period reaching 211,000… Mexico’s homicide rate remains near historical highs, at 26.6 deaths per 100,000 people, resulting in over 34,000 victims. This equates to 94 homicides per day on average in 2021. Mexico’s homicide rate is also high by international standards, although it is broadly aligned with other large Latin American nations such as Brazil and Colombia.”
Columbia—where “journalist” Calderón is from…
And how were all these Mexican homicides committed?
“Homicides in Mexico by weapon- Firearms were the leading cause of death for both male and female homicide victims. Between 2015 and 2021, the proportion of male homicides committed with a firearm rose from 60.9 percent to 71.3 percent, while the proportion of female firearm homicides rose from 37.8 percent to 56.8 percent. These numbers show that in the past seven years, guns have become the primary means of homicide for both men and women in Mexico.”
Per the “How Safe is Mexico?” website:
“According to the UNHCR [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees], Mexico has a murder rate of 16.9 per 100,000 inhabitants, making it the 15th highest in the world and seven times higher than that of the United States, as compared to Mexico’s murder rate vs the US.”
As for Calderón then demanding to know what “laws” the candidates would impose on U.S. gun owners, that hides the reality that Mexico already imposes citizen disarmament edicts on its populace that would put it off the charts on the Giffords scale that rates California as an “A.”
While the Mexican Constitution supposedly acknowledges a right to keep and bear arms, in practice, per MexLaw, the restrictions on calibers and on carrying outside the home, along with permit licensing, registration, and the lack of any authorized gun store for citizens outside of the Directorate of Commercialization of Arms and Munitions in Mexico City puts the “law-abiding” squarely at the mercy of the merciless.
That, of course, does nothing to keep the cartels from obtaining and using military-grade weaponry, much of it obtained from corrupt government officials tasked with combatting them, and, as we saw a few years back, from ATF pressuring FFLs and then turning a deliberate blind eye so that “walked” guns could be found next to bodies at crime scenes, fueling demands to ban them here.
It makes fair the question, ¿Cómo se Dice “Gaslighting” en Español?”
Millions of people inclined to vote watched Wednesday’s debate and came away from it hearing that “gun violence is unique to the United States.” Significantly fewer will be privy to the real facts, and of those, like AmmoLand readers, they already know that Mexico is a violence-plagued hellhole where “gun control” has utterly failed. And aside from a readership significantly smaller than mainstream media audiences, tech giant Google’s algorithms suppress this content on its news feed, making it unlikely anyone outside the gun rights advocacy niche will ever see it – and that’s been going on for years now.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.