Friday, April 17, 2009

Obama Repeats the Gun Lie in Mexico

For several weeks, members of Obama's administration have been repeating the lie that 90% of guns recovered from crimes in Mexico come from America. Now Obama himself joins in that lie:

This war is being waged with guns purchased not here, but in the United States. More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border.
This was shown to be false back on April 2:

In 2007-2008, according to ATF Special Agent William Newell, Mexico submitted 11,000 guns to the ATF for tracing. Close to 6,000 were successfully traced -- and of those, 90 percent -- 5,114 to be exact, according to testimony in Congress by William Hoover -- were found to have come from the U.S.

But in those same two years, according to the Mexican government, 29,000 guns were recovered at crime scenes.

In other words, 68 percent of the guns that were recovered were never submitted for tracing. And when you weed out the roughly 6,000 guns that could not be traced from the remaining 32 percent, it means 83 percent of the guns found at crime scenes in Mexico could not be traced to the U.S.

Here's a video recap of that story:

This is irresponsible, and as shown in the press conference in Mexico, it's being used as a statistic to support more restrictive gun bans (which don't work).

What the administration doesn't tell you is that the real assault weapons (military weapons that fire more than one bullet when you squeeze the trigger) most likely came from our government. We supplied the mexican government with training and weapons, but members of the mexican military defected from drug enforcement to drug trafficking. Other sources include Central and South America.

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