Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Facts are simply "red herrings".

Fox News reports on the often reported myth that 90% of the guns used in Mexico crimes come from the U.S.
While it is true that 90% of the traceable guns were found to come from the U.S., the fact is that only about 17% of the guns confiscated are even traced. The remainder of the guns are not sent to the U.S. for tracing because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.

In 2007-2008, according to ATF Special Agent William Newell, Mexico submitted 11,000 guns to the ATF for tracing. Close to 6,000 were successfully traced -- and of those, 90 percent -- 5,114 to be exact, according to testimony in Congress by William Hoover -- were found to have come from the U.S.

But in those same two years, according to the Mexican government, 29,000 guns were recovered at crime scenes.

In other words, 68 percent of the guns that were recovered were never submitted for tracing. And when you weed out the roughly 6,000 guns that could not be traced from the remaining 32 percent, it means 83 percent of the guns found at crime scenes in Mexico could not be traced to the U.S.

But Tom Diaz, senior policy analyst at the Violence Policy Center, called the "90 percent" issue a red herring and said that it should not detract from the effort to stop gun trafficking into Mexico.

"Let's do what we can with what we know," he said. "We know that one hell of a lot of firearms come from the United States because our gun market is wide open."

Yeah right to the politically correct, facts are simply "red herrings" that should not detract from their agenda. It kind of reminds me of the whole "Global Warming" argument.

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