In the words of Mark Twain:

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 of other Journalists’ efforts to 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, 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.


4 thoughts on “In the words of Mark Twain:

  1. Pointing the finger at the United States is the easy solution for the Mexican government.

    It’s certainly a heck of a lot easier than admitting that a large number of the weapons come from its own police and military force, having either been sold for a quick buck or simply handed over from supporters inside those agencies.

    Imagine that, corruption in Mexico…

  2. Easy to manipulate stats. Only 25% of weapons confiscated in Mexico are traceable. Of those 25%, 90% trace back to the U.S. (The U.S. keeps good, traceable records.) That leaves approx. 78% of confiscated Mexican weapons un-traceable…and yet the “90% of weapons in Mexico come from the U.S.” persists. Learn to spot BS and call it out.

  3. I lived in San Diego for 25 years. One of my job sites for several years was at the San Ysidro border crossing, both in and around the buildings and in the secondary inspection area. Spending part of my week in Mexico convinced me of one thing: that country is a mess and those people deserve a revolution. Their current government is not getting it done…unless the job that needs to be done is graft, crime, and oppression.

  4. This is a lie that will continue for as long as it’s useful. From a Newsweek article ( dated April 11:

    “Or given that Mexico’s insanely violent drug cartels are arming themselves with high-powered assault weapons purchased at U.S. gun stores and later smuggled south of the border.”

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