Seventy Percent of Guns Used in Mexican Crimes Traced Back to United States

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As Sheriff Joe Arpaio brags for arresting six immigrants heading for the southeastern United States, a group of United States Senators is releasing a report noting that 70 percent of captured guns used by drug cartels in Mexico originated in the United States.

 

One of these smuggling problems is worse than the other.

According to CNN, more than 70 percent of 29,284 firearms submitted to the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for tracing by the Mexican government during 2009 and 2010 originated in the United States.

Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Charles Schumer of New York are calling for the reinstatement of the Assault Weapons Ban, passed in 2004, as well as the introduction of background checks at private gun shows to prevent this from occurring.

Last month, a Phoenix-based ATFE Agent told CBS News he was ordered to allow guns purchased by drug cartels in Arizona to make their way back to Mexico in an effort to track them.

The guns eventually showed up at crime scenes across Mexico.

Of course, the federal government denies the claim, and apologists for the gun industry claim the Mexican government only supplies ATFE with guns it has reason to believe were from the United States.

But that does not erase the fact that the drug cartels -- perhaps the same ones that infiltrated Sheriff Joe's office -- are buying guns in America and then taking them across the border to Mexico, where they are engaging in unspeakable levels of violence.

More than 30,000 people have been reported murdered in Mexico's drug war.

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Atg Me
Atg Me

Goddamned lies.The feds are the one running guns into Mexico and those cowards bastards are trying to overturn the 2nd amendment with falsehoods.Obama; impeach, arrest, deport and let him face justice in Mexico.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Hey Greg, you just stated that the fed was letting guns sold to the drug cartels cross into Mexico.   Then you imply it doesn't matter, they are being used in crimes in Mexico.   What an assinine story.   This one must have come straight from the White House.  Great job, Greg...you've sunken to the level of a paid stoolie.    Obama wins a Nobel Peace prize for nothing and then escalates an unjust war and a participation in an overt CIA inspired atrocity in Libya.   You, no doubt will win the Pultzer Prize.

Guest
Guest

According to SEDENA, in 2009 and 2010, 129,200 guns were seized in Mexico. According to ATF, in 2009 and 2010, 20,504 guns were traced "to the US". That works out to a percentage of 15.87%.BUT, we have to factor out, roughly, 1,500 guns that were trafficked by the US Government­. That leaves us with 19,000 guns traced (potential­ly) to "lax US gun laws", or a percentage of 14.7%.BUT, we still do not know (Because Mexico is not saying) how many of those 19,000 US guns were originally legally sold to the Mexican government or military.Bottom line? AT MOST 14.7% of crime guns (and 0.0% of crime grenades, RPGs and heavy machine guns) can be traced to civilian sales in the United States. http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/...

Dear Hoplophobe, please do some research instead of carrying water for three Senators (all Dems).

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