It gets really tiring correcting the same misinformation over and over and over again. I prefer to do it as a comment to the offending article or post, but the Washington Post doesn’t allow comments.
It does, however, provide links to blogs that link to the article (only available for seven days, but at least it’s there for a while), so I suppose we have to keep slogging away repeating the truth as long as they continue to insist on repeating the same inane misinformation over and over again.
The Washington Post’s editors are again attempting to exploit the carnage, death and violence in Mexico to advance their anti-gun agenda here in the US.
This is basically just a new version of the same editorial I pointed to a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, disarming the American people is important to them.
Mexican authorities have seized more than 84,000 weapons, including thousands of high-powered assault rifles, grenades and other military-caliber equipment. More than 80 percent of the guns whose provenance could be traced came from the United States.
Again, the key is that whole “whose provenance could be traced” part (and even that’s misleading…which I’ll cover in a moment). They list the total number of firearms seized, then do the old “bait and switch” by basing the percentage of guns from the US on only the number that “could be traced”.
The fact is that the number turned in for tracing is only a small fraction of that total. Less than 30 percent of the firearms seized by the Mexican government are even submitted to the US for tracing. 80 Percent of that number translates to less than 24 percent of the total number of guns traced to the US.
24 percent isn’t quite as dramatic as 80 percent, so they intentionally mislead in order to “spin” the numbers to fit the desired narrative.
WHY are less than 30 percent of the guns seized in Mexico submitted for tracing? The statement from the editorial itself gives a clue: “…thousands of…assault rifles, grenades and other military caliber equipment.”
The fact is that you can’t just walk in to a gun shop in Texas or Arizona (or anywhere else), plop down your money and walk out with assault rifles, grenades and other military weapons. The National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 prevent it.
So where DO they get those military weapons? Which leads me to the lie behind the claim that the provenance of the other 70+ percent of guns seized in Mexico couldn’t be traced. It’s not necessarily that the guns that were never traced COULDN’T be traced, it’s that the Mexican government never submitted them for tracing. I wonder why? Well, some probably because the serial numbers had been removed, or they were manufactured in countries that didn’t require serial numbers, some probably because the country of origin was obviously not the US…but the big reason: many of those military weapons can be traced directly to the Mexican government itself. From the editorial:
According to the secretary of public security, [the drug cartels] are spending $1.2 billion a year to buy the allegiance of 165,000 police officers.
Wow. That couldn’t possibly be a problem, now could it?
Nor the 16,000 desertions into the cartels from the Mexican Army EVERY YEAR. Surely none of those soldiers take their military weapons with them when they desert to join the cartels, right? And, heck, even though 8 percent of the Mexican Army deserts to the cartels every year, it would be silly to think that any of the soldiers who don’t desert could possibly be in the employ of the cartels and be routinely funneling arms and ammunition to them, wouldn’t it?
But, hey, if you rely on the Washington Post for your news, the drug cartels are getting 80 percent of those grenades, rocket launchers and machine guns from American gun shops and gun shows…where they aren’t available for sale to the general public.
Nope…no bias here.