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More on Mexico and guns

ATF and other federal agents are going to the border:

Hundreds of federal agents, along with high-tech surveillance gear and drug-sniffing dogs, are headed to the Southwest to help Mexico fight drug cartels and keep violence from spilling across the U.S.-Mexico border, Obama administration officials said Tuesday

Good. Meanwhile, other groups join in the chorus and blame US gun laws. And the Brady Campaign blames a specific gun dealer, who was actually found not guilty due to lack of any evidence.

Now I see why the Violence Policy Center has a Federal Firearms License. So they can spin how easy it is to buy guns:

Tom Diaz, an analyst at the Violence Policy Center, a gun control group, said cartels use military-style weapons such as the Armalite AR-50, a .50-caliber sniper rifle.

He brought one to a recent congressional hearing — with the help of two police officers — and said he found the weapon on the Internet, bought it for $3,200 from a Maryland “kitchen table” dealer and had it registered in the District of Columbia, all in about six hours.

See, now they can say look how easy it is to get this gun. Well, it is if you hold a federal firearms license. After all, 50 caliber rifles are unlawful to possess in the District of Columbia unless you are a dealer or police agency.

And insty notes the Mexican gun canard continues to be treated as gospel in the press.

Tom alerts us to the Mexican ambassador to the US claiming that 90% of the guns in Mexico originate in the US. I would say that any gun in Mexico that is not an AK variant probably originated in the US because it was likely made here. But where do the rocket launchers and grenades originate? From the news, you’d think US gun shows but that is patently false. But I would guess that some of those originate in the US because they are made here.

6 Responses to “More on Mexico and guns”

  1. CTone Says:

    Tom Diaz is lying. DC will not allow .50BMGs to be registered in DC. And not only that, Armalite isn’t on the list of approved firearms for registry, and thus ownership, in DC – http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/frames.asp?doc=/mpdc/lib/mpdc/info/pdf/firearms_eligible_registration.pdf

  2. CTone Says:

    Oh, I see you wrote that already. Sorry.

  3. Cargosquid Says:

    They were made here and sold to the Mexican military with Congress’s approval. So its Congress’s fault.

  4. Huck Says:

    “Hundreds of federal agents, along with high-tech surveillance gear and drug-sniffing dogs, are headed to the Southwest to help Mexico fight drug cartels and keep violence from spilling across the U.S.-Mexico border, Obama administration officials said Tuesday”

    Violence has been spilling across our border for decades and the Federal Government did NOTHING to help US citizens but now they’ll come a running to help frigging MEXICO!

    Just seal off the border and let the mexicans sort it out themselves because no matter what the outcome Mexico’s still gonna be a corrupt shithole.

  5. Divemedic Says:

    the dealer who was cleared should sue the VPC using the same RICO laws that the SPLC uses to sue the KKK.

  6. Chas Says:

    The MSM is more interested in creating confusion on the Mexican guns issue than in clarifying it. That usually means that they’re suppressing inconvenient truths that work against their gun ban agenda.