TriggerFinger


BlogRoll

From the Barrel of a Gun
Lurking Rhythmically
Random Nuclear Strikes
Daily Pundit
Borepatch
Only Guns and Money
Mostly Cajun
Massad Ayoob
The View From North Central Idaho
Armed and Dangerous
Hell in a Handbasket
View From The Porch
Patterico
Guns, Cars, and Tech
Alphecca
Legal Insurrection
Irons in the Fire
Volokh Conspiracy
Snowflakes in Hell
Shot in the Dark
MArooned
Power Line
Michael Bane
Reason
The Smallest Minority
Publicola
Sharp as a Marble
The Silicon Greybeard
3 boxes of BS
Saysuncle
Alphecca
Of Arms and the Law
Bacon, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives
Infodancer
Speculative Fiction
GunBlogBlackList
John Lott
Confiscation

Categories

FeedBoomershoot 2008 

Most Popular

Featured Posts

The Mexican Myth: Where Mexican crime guns really come from


Fox News says what the other media outlets won't.  The claim that Mexican crime guns are coming from the United States, particularly US gun shows, is a lie being used by the Obama administration to pressure Congress to enact gun control legislation. 

The real facts:

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.

That's right.  Measuring the national origins of weapons traced by the BATFE is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  They only trace guns that they have reason to believe originate in the US, and as a result, most of the guns they trace are found to have, in fact, originated here.  But it's the guns that are not traced by the BATFE that make up the bulk of the problem.

Fox News is saying it today.  Gunbloggers have been saying it for weeks.  The rest of the mainstream media still isn't saying it, and that should embarass the hell out of every other news program out there. 

Why does Obama want to enact gun control legislation that won't have any effect on crime, whether in the US or Mexico?  This will be hard for some people to face, but it's the simple truth: Obama is a bigot.  Not about race, but about culture.  He has almost no experience with the healthy American gun culture, he doesn't understand it, and he doesn't like it.  His cultural roots, such as they are, include Hawaii (notorious for having draconian gun control laws), Chicago (likewise), and third world nations. 

He thinks that folks who own and use guns for sport, for hunting, or even just for fun are "bitter" and "cling" to their guns because they don't have anything else in their life to cling to.  He thinks that because he doesn't know the American gun culture; he's never met us, never recognized us, and doesn't even understand that we exist.  That's a sad trait for a supposedly post-racial President to have.

Right now, Congress understands what the President does not: that gun control would be political suicide.  The House faces elections in 2010, but we're stuck with Obama until 2012 at least. He'll have at least that long to try to push his gun control agenda.  We need to make sure that Congress understands that gun control legislation will have real political consequences for anyone who supports it.

This entry was published 2009-04-03 01:44:03.0 by matthew@triggerfinger.org and last updated 2009-04-03 01:44:03.0. [Tweet]

Recent Entries

Most Popular

Featured Entries

Related Categories

comments powered by Disqus
If you would like to receive new posts by email:

I am not a lawyer, and nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice. this site is run on custom blog software and is being actively developed. Please be forgiving of errors.


This website is an Amazon affiliate and will receive financial compensation for products purchased from Amazon through links on this site.