Yesterday I linked to a Fox News report that did some real twisting of statistics to argue against Sec. of State Clinton’s assertion that “90 percent of the weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the United States.” I didn’t have time to go into why their arguments were specious crap yesterday but now I feel like getting into it.
There’s just one problem with the 90 percent “statistic” and it’s a big one:
It’s just not true.
In fact, it’s not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.
What’s true, an ATF spokeswoman told FOXNews.com, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency’s assistant director, “is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S.”
But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.
I italicized the part that is bullshit. The real deal is this, the Mexican authorities frequently don’t return guns to the U.S. for tracing because in all likelihood they were legally sold to Mexican military or police and then resold to the narcos.
Bill Conroy has an excellent report that blows up Fox’s lies. The piece also points out that even the assertions of the Obama administration are massively understating the problem. Its not the gunshow loophole and a few bad apple gundealers that are providing the bulk of the heavy armaments to the narco cartels, its the U.S. military-industrial complex.
Mainstream media and Beltway pundits and politicians in recent months have unleashed a wave of panic in the nation linking the escalading violence in Mexico, and its projected spread into the U.S., to illegal weapons smuggling.
The smokescreen being spread by these official mouthpieces of manufactured consensus is that a host of criminal operators are engaging in straw (or fraudulent) gun purchases, making clandestine purchases at U.S. gun shows or otherwise assembling small caches of weapons here in the states in order to smuggle them south of the border to the ”œdrug cartels.”
A Narco News investigation into the flow of arms across the U.S. border appears to lead right back to the systemic corruption that afflicts a vast swath of the Mexican government under President Felipe Calderon and this nation’s own embrace of market-driven free-trade policies.
The deadliest of the weapons now in the hands of criminal groups in Mexico, particularly along the U.S. border, by any reasonable standard of an analysis of the facts, appear to be getting into that nation through perfectly legal private-sector arms exports, measured in the billions of dollars, and sanctioned by our own State Department. These deadly trade commodities ”” grenade launchers, explosives and ”œassault” weapons ””are then, in quantities that can fill warehouses, being corruptly transferred to drug trafficking organizations via their reach into the Mexican military and law enforcement agencies, the evidence indicates.
Read the whole piece by Conroy. Its excellent.