Barack Obama’s comments about guns in Mexico today demonstrated a curious lack of self-awareness. “[M]ost of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.” So the violence perpetrated by Mexican drug cartels is our fault? That seemed to be the implication. But obviously, if there were not a single firearm in the U.S., the drug cartels would be just as well armed as they are today.
But that is almost beside the point. How could anyone utter those words without thinking about Fast and Furious? Obama also said, “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.” Well, when we’re not sliding them thousands of firearms on purpose, that is.
I don’t know how Mexicans viewed Obama’s remarks, but Michael Ramirez wasn’t impressed:
This strikes me as one more in a long series of instances where Obama believes that through sheer denial, he can inhabit an alternative universe, and perhaps convince the rest of us to inhabit it too.