The history of the race, and each individual’s experience, are thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.
Heck…the lie doesn’t even have to be “told well”…it just needs the active support of a biased media.
“Ninety percent of all weapons we are seizing in Mexico, Bob, are coming from across the United States,” [Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan] said, citing the high number of Federal firearms licenses a few miles north of the border. “Just on the Arizona and Texas borders with Mexico alone there are approximately 7,000 FFLs, federal firearms licensees. And weapons bought by the drug syndicates, directly or proxy purchases, are coming from those gun shops.”
Granted, the “journalist” did express some weak opposition to the ambassador’s assertions:
Schieffer noted that the NRA has taken issue with the statistic, and asked the ambassador where the data originates – a question Sarukhan did not directly answer, although he used the example of a recent weapons seizure in a border town to explain how much ammunition U.S. sellers are directing to drug cartels.
“…noted that the NRA has taken issue…” no mention ofto find the truth and discovering that said assertion is pure bunk. As far as the reader can tell, the “issue” is just something coming from the EEEEEVVVIIIIIL NRA…not anything based on hard numbers or evidence:
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.
Well, with all respect to Mark Twain…he didn’t live in the age of the internet and instant information. Although this lie may be hard to kill, there is an army of bloggers out there…myself included…who are determined to ensure that, although the lie may live on in some circles, the truth will never die.