There’s so much to dislike about this Washington Post editorial by Jackson Diehl regarding Mexico’s inability to keep their own country under control, but the blatant lie it contains is perhaps the most egregious point:
Eighty percent of the 75,000 guns seized by the Calderón government over three years came from the United States.
I realize most of my readers already know this, but for those unfamiliar with the details, here is the Felipe Calderón claim that is the basis for this lie:
“Just to give you an idea, we have seized 75,000 guns and assault weapons in Mexico in the last three years. And more than 80 percent of those we have been able to trace came from the United States — from the United States.” -Felipe Calderón, in a speech to a joint session of Congress, May 20, 2010
Note the qualification “more than 80 percent of those we have been able to trace came from the United States.”
This distinction is lacking in Mr. Diehl’s interpretation of this claim, and the distinction is VERY important.
You see, of those 75,000 guns seized by the Mexican Government over the past 3 years, only a small fraction of them were able to be traced. Why? Because many of them didn’t come from the US. Many countries that produce military arms don’t have any law requiring serial numbers like the US does, or the serial numbers are removed by the criminals who are dealing in them. Also, guns that were obviously not of US origin aren’t submitted to the US for tracing, that would be kind of silly.
In fact, only about 30 percent of the guns recovered by Mexican authorities are submitted to the US for tracing. Of that smaller percentage, over 80 percent are successfully traced…which, by my math, works out to more like 24% of the guns recovered at Mexican crime scenes could be traced to the US.
Of course, that doesn’t speak to the types of guns and the circumstances under which they are recovered.
Remember that it is illegal for Mexican citizens to own guns, so any gun recovered under any circumstances is a crime gun…even if it was recovered from a Mexican citizen who was only trying to defend himself and his family against the rampant crime and corrupt Police of that country.
Every time we hear of seizures of drug cartel weapons, they include machine guns, grenades and grenade launchers, mines, explosives etc etc etc.
Then the whole “90 percent of these guns came from the US” canard is brought out. BS. You cannot go to a gun show or gun shop in the US, plop down your money and walk out with a machine gun, grenade launcher, grenades, mines etc.
The cartels ARE NOT getting those weapons from US gun dealers or citizens as a result of the fictional “gun show loophole” or our lack of an “assault weapons” ban. The claim that they are is an outright lie.
That was the main thing I wanted to point out about Mr. Diehl’s editorial, but there’s plenty more in it to fisk…for example, the majority of his article is lamenting how the US is “neglecting” our neighbor to the south by failing to line the pockets of its thoroughly corrupt government with our hard earned tax dollars.
At one point, he ironically whines:
The Mexican government was so frustrated by the delays that it advanced its own money for a anti-money-laundering operation, the report said. The State Department responded by reprogramming the money it had promised but never delivered.
Oh, for shame. How DARE we back the Mexican Government into such a corner that it is required to spend ITS OWN MONEY to solve ITS OWN CRIME problems.
We should be ashamed of ourselves.