Congress shouldn’t use Mexican violence to curb gun rights (Rep. Kevin Brady)

President Obama was wise to re-consider his campaign promise to reinstate the controversial assault weapons ban, which some gun-control groups are trying to link to drug violence in Mexico.

With drug violence south of the border at a crisis level, some in Congress are looking at a back door push for the return of a previously failed assault weapons ban. Ending violence and bloodshed by lawless drug cartels is the issue, not a divisive return to policies that infringe upon the American people’s Second Amendment rights.

We need strong enforcement by U.S. and Mexican authorities of common-sense security laws already on the books.

While we all can agree that the violence in Mexico must be contained, law abiding citizens who possess guns for enjoyment, protection, and personal collection should not have their Constitutional rights infringed upon because of violent drug cartels.