Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Myth of 90 Percent Or:

You've been lied to again!!

EXCLUSIVE: You've heard this shocking "fact" before -- on TV and radio, in newspapers, on the Internet and from the highest politicians in the land: 90 percent of the weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the United States.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it to reporters on a flight to Mexico City.

-- CBS newsman Bob Schieffer referred to it while interviewing President Obama.

-- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Senate hearing: "It is unacceptable to have 90 percent of the guns that are picked up in Mexico and used to shoot judges, police officers and mayors ... come from the United States."

-- William Hoover, assistant director for field operations at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified in the House of Representatives that "there is more than enough evidence to indicate that over 90 percent of the firearms that have either been recovered in, or interdicted in transport to Mexico, originated from various sources within the United States."

There's just one problem with the 90 percent "statistic" and it's a big one:

It's just not true.

In fact, it's not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

What's true, an ATF spokeswoman told FOXNews.com, 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.

"Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market," Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.


Full Story here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2009/04/02/myth-percent-guns-mexico-fraction-number-claimed/

Funny how many people are willing to lie. And you thought the government would be open and honest after the last election. HA!

3 comments:

jhb said...

good article, thanks for sharing...and i really appreciated your skepticism of our govt. it's good to see the younger generation or at least one member of that group not believe whatever the govt shoves at us as true. this govt should fear us, we shouldn't fear it. we have a long way to go before we make that change, and it all starts with voters educating themselves and being interested in the complexity of everything bills later turned into laws affect. so they make better voting decisions.

Ave said...

So to make sure I understand, 90 percent of the weapons sent back to the U.S. to undergo scrutiny (in order to see if they're FROM the U.S.) are determined to be from the U.S.? Thanks for that. :)

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Yes, 90 percent sent to the US to be traced are from the US. Only 20 percent of the ones found are sent to the US because they are obviously from elsewhere. I also found it interesting to note that a lot of the guns that are from the US were sold legally to the Mexican government for their army and police forces.