Bolton @ NRA Annual Meeting: Obama Wants Gun Control in 2nd Term
(GunReports.com) Former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting on Friday, saying Barack Obama is laying the foundation to push an ambitious gun control agenda if he wins a second term.
We can understand that, as he likes to say, hes playing the long game, and that leading from behind means waiting until hes elected to a second term when he faces no further political constraints and his true agenda can come to the floor, Bolton told thousands of gun owners at the National Rifle Associations annual meeting in Pittsburgh. And I believe right at the top of it is [to] increase gun control at the federal level and at the international level.
Bolton spoke 11 minutes, devoting much of the speech on the collapse of Mexico. He cited estimates of 35,000 to 40,000 drug-related homicides in the last five years in Mexico, spoke of how dangerous tourist areas have become and noted recent State Department travel warnings.
If it werent for our demand, the supply wouldnt be there and the drug cartels wouldnt be there. But the administration in as cynical a political move as I think weve seen in Washington in a long time and thats saying somethingis using this crisis in Mexico and the use of drugs in our own country not to combat the illicit narcotics but to use it as a foundation to argue for stricter gun controls at the federal level in our country, he said.
Bolton argued that while some guns used by the gangs in Mexico do come from the United States, the bulk of those guns originated from corrupt police and military officials or were procured in the international weapons market.