Thursday, April 2, 2009

Lies, Damn Lies, and Mexican Gun Statistics

The old axiom goes "If you tell a lie that's big enough, and you tell it often enough, people will believe you are telling the truth. . . " We are seeing that theory put in practice today by Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and a host of others hostile to your Second Amendment rights. The lie is "90 percent of the weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the United States," and that lie is being used to justify draconian limitations on the right to keep and bear arms. The truth is, maybe 17% of the total number of firearms reaching Mexico come from the United States, and those that are reaching Mexico from the United states are not the fully automatic firearms, grenades, and rocket launchers used by the drug cartels.

So where did the 90% number come from? Fox News has published a report detailing where the number came from, and the real math behind it. According to the article, roughly 11,000 weapons were submitted to the ATF. Of those, the ATF was able to successfully trace 6000. Of that 6000, roughly 90% of them could be traced as originating in the United States. The total number of weapons seized over that period was 29,000. So the number isn’t 90% of all seized weapons, it’s not even 90% of the submitted weapons (which represent less than half of the number of seized weapons), it’s 90% of those that can actually be traced (and 10% of those didn’t even track to the U.S.!).

So why so few weapons being submitted? The article indicates that in many cases it is obvious that the source of the weapon is not the United States, and they list several of the real sources of firearms:

"-- The Black Market. Mexico is a virtual arms bazaar, with fragmentation grenades from South Korea, AK-47s from China, and shoulder-fired rocket launchers from Spain, Israel and former Soviet bloc manufacturers.

"-- Russian crime organizations. Interpol says Russian Mafia groups such as Poldolskaya and Moscow-based Solntsevskaya are actively trafficking drugs and arms in Mexico.

"- South America. During the late 1990s, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) established a clandestine arms smuggling and drug trafficking partnership with the Tijuana cartel, according to the Federal Research Division report from the Library of Congress.

"-- Asia. According to a 2006 Amnesty International Report, China has provided arms to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Chinese assault weapons and Korean explosives have been recovered in Mexico.

"-- The Mexican Army. More than 150,000 soldiers deserted in the last six years, according to Mexican Congressman Robert Badillo. Many took their weapons with them, including the standard issue M-16 assault rifle made in Belgium.

"-- Guatemala. U.S. intelligence agencies say traffickers move immigrants, stolen cars, guns and drugs, including most of America's cocaine, along the porous Mexican-Guatemalan border. On March 27, La Hora, a Guatemalan newspaper, reported that police seized 500 grenades and a load of AK-47s on the border. Police say the cache was transported by a Mexican drug cartel operating out of Ixcan, a border town."


It is therefore clear that yet again the law-abiding American gun owner is playing the role of scapegoat. Our administration either doesn’t know, doesn’t want to know, or most likely doesn’t care about the facts. Obama and Holder came in with a new so-called “assault weapon ban” on their agenda, and they’re using the Mexican drug cartels as their excuse. Never mind the fact that the cartels have sources of fully automatic firearms at a far lower price-point than Americans pay for a semi-automatic version, they prefer to tell the "Big Lie" over and over again until the masses buy it enough to overcome Congressional opposition.

I say it is time for the lie to end NOW! We can’t sit idly by and allow media outlets and our government lie to the people of the United States in a blatant attempt to subvert the Bill of Rights. Freedom of Speech only extends to opinions and the truth – and this abomination being foisted on an unsuspecting public meets neither of those criteria. Every time you see a story in a newspaper quoting this "fact," demand a correction is printed. Every time you hear a story on the news quoting this "fact," call the station and demand that they air a correction.

The days of sitting on the sidelines are over. The opposition has discovered that they can’t win in the court, and they can’t win in the legislature, so now they’re resorting to false propaganda to garner support for a new round. Fortunately the facts of the matter are available for the public, if they look hard enough. We need to make sure that everyone is aware of that. . .

Until next time!!!

3 comments:

Micah said...

"The days of sitting on the sidelines are over."
That is the truth!
Man you are fired up in your post, it's good to see. It's good to see more and more friends getting fired up as well. I have plenty that are still 'asleep' but I'm glad some are waking up.
Keep up the good work!

Fingolfen said...

Thanks!

I don't mind if people have different opinions, that's their right... but you resort to lying to the American public to push an agenda, that really gets me steamed...

capdek said...

Excellent point Fingolfen!
We should be bombarding the media outlets as much as our legislators. If we allow the media to explicitly or implicitly sway people's minds with lies and innuendo, then a majority of the people will believe this crap, and our legislators will stop listening to us in their belief that the majority oppose us. Thanks for the great suggestion!
DEK