Gun Lies

Photo credit: AP

Photo credit: AP

From Michelle Malkin,

Excellent myth-buster piece from William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott at Fox News on an anti-gun rights lie. Countering the double-barreled propoganda from both the gun controllers and the open-borders lobby is a job most of the MSM refuses to do:

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. By all accounts, it’s probably around 17 percent.

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.

Full report from Fox News here.

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Published in: on April 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. This whack-job shooting up the immigration center in NY is going to be a crisis that the gun-banners are sure not to waste.

  2. This incident will undoubtedly be used by those on the left to begin another drum role for additional gun control legislation. They will never stop trying to disarm the American people.

    They apparently have no idea of what will happen to America’s freedom if they are successful. Or perhaps they do.


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