General Wesley Clark says:
I think we need to re-institute the assault weapons ban in the United States. If people want machine guns, let them join the military. We got em! But for public and personal use, absolutely not. That’s how they are getting across the border, and what the Mexican Government has asked of us is, “Please, cut off the flow of machine guns coming into the United States into Mexico.”
I can't think too highly of general who doesn't even know what weapons his own military uses.
It seems Gen. Clark believes that semi-automatic rifles that are used by hundreds of thousands of people without incident (the ones that would be covered under an assault weapons ban) are the same as the fully automatic machine guns being used by his military and the drug cartels.
Machine guns like the ones being used by drug cartels are highly restricted in the US. They are registered with the BATF and watched very closely among many things. Even taking one out of the state it's registered in will net you 10 years in a federal prison. So it's obvious the drug cartel's guns aren't coming from the US. More than likely, they are coming from the same place as the drugs, RPGs, and hand grenades they also possess.
h/t to SIH