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Mother of Invention

I don’t know who said, “Necessity is the mother of invention” but they were right.  The “can do, will do” spirit of Americans hasn’t been legislated out of us yet. It’s the reason people of all nations and religious backgrounds sacrifice much to come to this great land. An example of this “can do, will do” spirit is alive and well along our southern border with Mexico. Americans don’t harbor animosity toward the Mexican people we are just sick and tired of the lazy, impotent and ineffective government not doing it’s job by protecting it’s citizens from criminal aliens.  Fallowing the American spirit, many  American citizens affected by the criminal activities that cross our border aren’t sitting on there thumbs like the those they have elected, there taking action.

The fallowing is an article by Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA that appeared in the Oct. 2010 issue of the  American Rifleman magazine.

Armed Citizens Are America’s “Saving Grace”

Wayne LaPierreGiven the Obama administration’s shameful history of neglect and deceit when it comes to effectively sealing our borders against the growing invasion of violent criminal aliens, President Barack Obama and his majority Congress might as well order the national colors hauled down from every official border crossing along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border.

In opposing completion of the Bush-era high-tech barrier—which only covers 640 miles of our vast border with Mexico—and with the administration withholding funds for a “virtual fence,” they might as well replace Old Glory with the white flag of surrender.

Locking down our border is critical. Every day our soil is invaded by thousands of criminal aliens and drug smugglers. They simply cross in places where there is no modern, high-tech barrier.

Those in Congress and in the administration who have failed to fix our broken border have allowed the influx of 595,000 violent criminal aliens now threatening our cities, suburbs and even rural communities that are seeing the effects of the Mexican cartel-driven drug trade:

Twenty-nine percent of felons in U.S. prisons are criminal aliens; a majority of those on the FBI’s most wanted murder list are illegal aliens; and 95 percent of murder warrants in Los Angeles are for criminal aliens.

Congressional emergency funding for more Border Patrol personnel is long overdue, but without a true barrier, more feet on the ground at the border is like sticking a band-aid on a gushing chest wound.

Look no further than to the testimony of the friends and family of 58-year-old Arizona border rancher Robert Krentz, a respected, loving husband and father who was ambushed and brutally murdered on the morning of March 27, 2010. His body was found on his own property next to his wounded and dying dog.

Police surmise that the killers were drug runners scouting passage into the U.S. since their tracks led back to Mexico. An NRA Life member, Krentz was the victim of rampant violence—a casualty of a war the Justice Department calls “the biggest organized crime threat to the United States.”

At the NRA Annual Meetings in Charlotte, N.C., I had the honor of introducing his family—Susan, his wife of 32 years; his daughter Amanda; and his sons, Frank and Andy, also Life members. Perhaps one of the most emotional moments I’ve ever experienced was participating in the overwhelming standing ovation they received from NRA’s family of members. And if any single event has charged the public demand for true border security by citizens all across our nation, it is the murder of Robert Krentz.

A recent Rasmussen survey demonstrated that “68 percent of U.S. voters now believe the United States should continue to build a fence on the Mexican border.”

The massive border fence already constructed is effective enough that drug traffickers and smugglers have moved from places like San Diego and El Paso to areas without the new barrier.

One section of that unfinished border fence ends near the small town of Fort Hancock, Texas, where Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West worries that a 50- or 100-mile strip along the Rio Grande border will someday be totally ceded to illegal crossers due to federal inaction.

That’s already happened with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s “closure of refuge lands adjacent to border.” Closed? Under the Obama administration, American soil is off-limits to Americans, but not to drug runners and criminal aliens who infest that public land.

The town of Fort Hancock and Sheriff West were featured in a candid segment on ABC’s “Nightline” that aired July 29, 2010. The sheriff, like many southwest law enforcement officers, has a cartel price on his head.

ABC’s Terry Moran said that most Americans have no idea what people are experiencing along what he repeatedly called “our broken border”:

“Arvin West recently gave the residents of Fort Hancock a simple message: ‘Arm yourselves.'”

That was Moran’s introduction to the sheriff, who told the nation:

“The saving grace here in America versus Mexico is [that] Americans are allowed to arm themselves. Mexicans aren’t. The bad guys don’t know who can shoot back. …”

Moran asked, “That makes a difference?”

Sheriff West replied, “It makes a big difference. I don’t need to reach out to the federal government for reinforcement. I just put the word out to my local citizens. They’ll come armed and running.”

But it shouldn’t have come to this. Not if those in Congress charged with protecting Americans from foreign criminal invasion did their jobs. But when it comes to real border security, they are AWOL.

This is about violent criminals invading our country. This is about national security. This is about defense of our homes and families against well-organized and violent criminal gangs. And with crime soaring as a result of not enforcing our laws, anti-gun politicians use that as an excuse to blame you and me and our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. They would disarm the very Americans Sheriff West called to action. It’s a cynical and sinister cycle that must be stopped.

If you are as concerned as I am about the future of our country and the steady decline of our freedoms, strength and hope—fight back!

On Nov. 2, remember Robert Krentz and vote for tough-on-crime candidates to put an end to this crisis in our country.

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