“Reverse Immigration – Senate Hearing Focuses on Massive Arms Flow to Mexico,” a media advisory for California’s Senate Select Committee on Immigration and the Economy announces.
The “community meeting” is titled “California’s Gun and Ammo Pipeline to the Mexican Drug Cartels” for the purpose of “Understanding and Stemming U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Mexico and Central America,” and “featuring Testimony from Tijuana Police Chief, Several Central American Governments and State, Federal and Local Law Enforcement.”
Per the “advisory”:
(Los Angeles, CA) – As head of the California State Senate Select Committee on Immigration and the Economy, Senator Kevin de León is convening a community meeting to examine California’s role as a pipeline for guns and ammunition to the Mexican drug cartels and how to improve efforts to stem such gun and ammunition trafficking.
Mexican and Central American representatives will testify on the flood of weapons and ammunition into their cities and countries and on the violence and bloodshed that result from the trafficking of those deadly weapons. State, federal and local law enforcement officials will discuss their efforts to intercept weapons flowing into Latin America and what’s necessary to step up and expand those efforts.
Here’s the time, place and agenda—as if we have to guess at that:
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ronald Reagan State Building (Auditorium)
300 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
PANELISTS (Partial List)
Alberto Capella Ibarra, Secretary of Public Safety, Tijuana
Consul General Walter Duran Martinez, Consul General of El Salvador
Consul General Pablo Cesar Garcia Saenz, Consul General of Guatemala
Assistant Commissioner Warren Stanley, California Highway Patrol (CHP)
Sheriff Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Captain David Myers, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
Special Agent John A. Torres, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)-Los Angeles Division
Mexican drug trafficking organizations have been terrorizing citizens in both the United States and Mexico, and thousands of families have lost loved ones to gun violence. These tragedies are being fueled by the flow of illegal weapons and ammunition across the border.
*Senator De León is available for interviews Monday or Tuesday before the meeting as well as after the meeting.
If I may:
De León is one of the most rabid opponents of the right to keep and bear arms in the State Senate, having won kudos from the Brady Campaign for authoring an edict requiring maintenance of purchase records by handgun ammunition vendors. Of note, the Bradys represent that as “an example for the rest of the country.”
As for those Mexican DTOs he admits are “terrorizing citizens in…the United States,” de León is a “champion” of making illegal everything from flat sheets to plastic bags. But considering “illegal aliens” illegal? Not so much.
And the “committee” de León “heads”?
Select Committee on Immigration and the Economy
Members: Senator Kevin de León (Chair)
Addresses & Staff: Room 5108
You’re kidding. A committee of one…? I guess in an Orwellian way, having the state redefine the lexicon to serve its purposes makes sense. Still…does he second his own motions? And if he invokes parliamentary procedure, how would the result differ from, say, Smeagol engaging in a schizophrenic back-and-forth with Gollum?
So much for an alternative voice. Still de León will hardly be alone, as his carefully assembled fellowship demonstrates. Anti-gun politically-motivated Stanley, Baca and Myers will be there representing oath-breaking “Only Ones,” along with John A. Torres of ATF, a man regarded by CleanUpATF whistleblowers as:
[P]robably one of the singularly most abusive, narcissistic managers in the history of the Bureau…
Think they’ll grill him about Gunwalker, and the part his team may have played in arming the very cartels this horse and pony show is pretending it’s interested in addressing?
As for the foreign contingent, do you think anybody will ask them about official police and military corruption in their respective nations? Or about how near total citizen disarmament of the “law-abiding” is working out for them? Or about military weaponry used by the cartels?
Maybe ask the Tijuana guy why 500 corrupt “officers” needed to be replaced?
And the El Salvador guy why the State Department reports “widespread impunity, corruption among the security forces and other governmental authorities”…?
And don’t forget to have the Guatemala guy give an update on Los Zetas setting up shop in Alta Verapaz, and the grenade stockpiles making their way north from leftover military depots…
Or, more likely, does anyone want to take the bet that the “Authorized Journalists” covering de León latest subversive media stunt will inform their readers and viewers that there’s more to the story than the panel will let on? Or will they instead abandon any pretense of objectivity and parrot the talking points of foreign and domestic monopoly of violence proponents who blame American freedoms for their own barbaric corruption, and who target those freedoms as a means to fulfill their own dark ambitions and agendas?
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- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’ Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five and Part Six for a complete list with links of independent investigative reporting and commentary done to date by Sipsey Street Irregulars and Gun Rights Examiner. Note to newcomers to this story: “Project Gunrunner” is the name ATF assigned to its Southwest Border Initiative to interdict gun smuggling to Mexico. “Project Gunwalker” is the name I assigned to the scandal after allegations by agents that monitored guns were allowed to fall into criminal hands on both sides of the border through a surveillance process termed “walking” surfaced.
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