Friday, May 03, 2013
The President Lies in Mexico
Not counting the nearly 2,000 semi-auto rifles we encouraged the criminal element, the drug cartels in Mexico, to obtain in the genius class sting the BATFE and Justice Dept. devised a few years ago, the number of guns used in crime in Mexico that come from Estados Unidos is about 20%. My math is not especially strong but I don't think that's a majority of the weapons used.
The 90% number is cherry picked and not representative. Most guns used by the cartels come from corrupt military or police who sell their weapons to the drug gangs or bring them along when the join the dark side. The drug gangs prefer the full auto weapons they can get from their military and paramilitary police. They think the semi-autos are generally inferior, as they are to the cartels' needs, but will take them if there's nothing better. But they have a lot of money and a desire to do or meet violence with the best, most effective weapons they can obtain. Do you really think they limit themselves to guns less effective than the guns the army and federales have?
Here's a photo of armed Mexican police. You can tell a semi auto AR 15 from a full auto M 4 but you have to be able to see the selector switch. I can't in any photo I've looked at so far.
Here are some army photos:
These soldiers carry HK G3s (full auto in .308 NATO) and non com on the right carries an HK MP 5 (full auto in 9mm parabellum). Neither is American made.
These soldiers carry the FX 05 Xiacoatl (full auto in 5.56mm NATO). Not American made.
And these fierce looking hombres in the first two rows carry Barrett M82s (semi auto in .50 BMG). American made premier sniper rifles.
UPDATE: I'm not the only one who immediately thinks of the Fast and Furious scandal when the president lies about the source of guns used in crime in Mexico.
Labels: President Obama; Gun Lies