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The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S.

While 90 percent of the guns traced to the U.S. actually originated in the United States, the percent traced to the U.S. is only about 17 percent of the total number of guns reaching Mexico.

By William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott

FOXNews.com

Thursday, April 02, 2009

 

 


FILE: In this Nov. 7, 2008, photo a soldier stands guard during the presentation in Mexico City of arms, captured in the largest seizure of Gulf drug-cartel weapons to date, about 288 assault rifles, 500,000 rounds of ammunition, numerous grenades and several .50-caliber rifles (AP).

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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.

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I believe the co-writer Maxim Lott is John Lott's son.  Thunbs Up
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This kind of stuff really disappoints me about our country.  This was so glaring.... and happend to be about several recent topics here...

Check this out, under oath these two characters from the Violence Policy Center said.....

http://www.vpc.org/randtestify.pdf

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U.S. and Mexican officials report that, based on ATF tracing data, the
cartels get between 90 percent and 95 percent of their firearms from the United States.


http://www.vpc.org/diaztestify.pdf

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U.S. and Mexican officials report that, based on ATF
tracing data, the cartels get between 90 percent and 95 percent of their firearms from the United States.


Which appear to be totally bogus self serving lies........ but they sure seem to constitute perjury under oath, don't they?
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