America’s southern border is practically a war zone, as Mexican cartels wreak a reign of terror on both sides of the Rio Grande, claims the National Rifle Association – hardly the time for Barack Obama and his cronies in Congress to be restricting Americans’ rights to self-defense.

In a new video featuring testimony from sheriffs and ranchers along the southern border, NRA President Wayne LaPierre warns the gun-control agenda of America’s left doesn’t just threaten the Second Amendment right to bear arms, but also threatens the country’s national security.

“Everything we love about America all the freedoms our forefathers fought for, all of it, is under attack by Barack Obama,” LaPierre claims in the video, “but the media won’t tell you that or show you the story you’re about to see.”

What follows is a graphic illustration of the level of violence Mexican drug cartels are pouring out on all who oppose them, including murder, torture, beheadings and more.

“This violence, it’s not just coming here,” Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff Paul Babeu told a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing, “it’s here.”

“We’re in a war,” agrees Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, Ariz., “and we need to deal with it that way.”

Instead of following Dever’s advice, the video points out, the Obama administration has insisted the border is “as secure now as it has ever been” and the U.S. needs to stop selling so-called “assault weapons” in order to tone down the violence.

Forgive the border ranchers quoted in the video if they don’t agree.

“The federal government has abandoned us,” claims rancher Fred Davis of Tombstone, Ariz.

“Do I think the border is secure?” asks Dr. Mike Vickers, a rancher from Falfurrias, Texas. “H— no!”

Vickers continues later in the video, “My wife comes home from the grocery store and a woman’s head is in our front yard. Is this America? Or is this Iraq?”

Ed Ashurst a rancer from Apache, Ariz., pulls no punches in condemning attempts by legislators to pass gun-control laws at a time like this: “In my opinion, it’s borderline treason.”

The video seeks to debunk many of the myths propagated by Obama and the political left on both sides of the border, namely that the cartels are getting their guns from the U.S. and Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s claim that the U.S. acting to restrict assault weapons will help solve violence in Mexico.

Many of the weapons the cartels are using, the video claims, come from the Mexican military itself, as part of a mutually profitable business conducted between the cartels and a corrupt government.

Now is not the time to start laying down arms, the NRA insists, but time to all the fiercer protect Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.

The video itself can be seen below:

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