Make no mistake about what this is about. This is astroturfing on a White House scale. I have heard this repeated recently over and over and over again with increasing frequency in the media. Supposedly, guns from America are arming the Mexican drug gangs.
“Ninety percent of all weapons we are seizing in Mexico, Bob, are coming from across the United States,” he 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.”
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.
“We seized more than 250 assault weapons and half-a-million rounds of ammo, these have just crossed over the border,” he explained. “By tracing back these weapons, by looking at the type of weapons, we determined that most of these weapons are coming from the United States.”
Pushed by Schieffer about how Mexican authorities can be so sure the majority of the weapons originated in the States, Sarukhan said through research with AFT they discovered that most the grenades are coming from Guatemala, while most of the assault weapons come from the United States.
This is the meme that is being built to take guns away from law-abiding Americans. Or if not to take away, to burden law-abiding citizens with onerous laws. Don’t believe it? Go to House.gov and search HR 45 in pending bills.
UPDATE: Many thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the Instalanche. (Although my hit counter is crying and screaming in the corner right now.) Please do look around a bit if you have followed the link. We have polar bears being fed by apparent animal lovers, the new 1040BO form and some information on why wind power is a lot of wind. Thanks for visiting.