Most of us can spot a gun myth like a fart in a car (quoted in the 9th paragraph in that story); few news organizations can. Fortunately, it appears Fox News got right what you and I suspected all along:
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.
“Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market,” Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.
Read the whole thing.
I love how Tom Diaz refers to this a distraction from the “real issue”. Yes, we should do what we can to stem the flow of illegal weapons to any nation outside of our borders — while also not trampling on your rights and mine.
We know what your real issue/agenda is Tom. Don’t think anyone with a brain does not. By the way, how are those astroturf oganizations of yours doing? Are your deceptions succeeding?
The problem we face is that even one illegal weapon finding its way across the border will be too much for this administration to accept. They will continue to exploit this “crisis” in order to pass further, unnecessary, restrictive gun laws that will, again, only be followed by the law-abiding, and, like most gun laws, will do little to nothing in affecting crime. But, boy, will it look good in the paper!