Mr. President, we have a Constitution that says you can't do that.
Now, having said that, I think none of us are under any illusion that reinstating that ban would be easy. And so, what we?ve focused on is how we can improve our enforcement of existing laws, because even under current law, trafficking illegal firearms, sending them across a border, is illegal. That?s something that we can stop.
The last point I would make is that there are going to be some opportunities where I think we can build some strong consensus. I?ll give you one example, and that is the issue of gun tracing. The tracing of bullets and ballistics and gun information that have been used in major crimes ? that?s information that we are still not giving to law enforcement, as a consequence of provisions that have been blocked in the United States Congress, and those are the areas where I think that we can make some significant progress early.
That doesn?t mean that we?re steering away from the issue of the assault guns ban, but it does mean that we want to act with urgency, promptly, now. And I think we can make significant progress.
One more thing ? one more thing I forgot to mention. One other thing we can do is to track the weapons that we have in Mexico. If we manage to detect weapons sold illegally in the United States in violation of this law on the control of weapons exports, or if, in the United States, they can have ? probably move forward on a good registry of armament or on the prohibition of certain massive sales of weapons, for example, to a hunter or to a common citizen ? we know that these people do not usually buy hundreds of rifles or assault weapons or grenades ? if we can move forward in those areas, I do believe that security both of the United States and Mexico will improve because those weapons are pointing against Mexican people and Mexican officials today.Americans are not common citizens. We are not peasants fit only to serve our noble rulers. We are free men, with the right to possess "every terrible instrument of the soldier."