That’s right – El Presidente de Mexico wants us to stop the gun violence (but I don’t think he meant that DOJ el heife, Eric Holder, should resign over Fast and Furious):
Mexican President Felipe Calderon condemned U.S. gun laws as “mistaken” and urged Washington to review them after a shooter killed 12 people and injured more than 50 others at a U.S. movie theater on Friday.
In comments posted on his Twitter account on Saturday, Calderon offered his condolences to the United States after a gunman went on the rampage with an assault rifle at a midnight premier of the new Batman film in Aurora, Colorado.
But Mexico’s president, who has repeatedly called on Washington to tighten gun controls to stop weapons flowing from the United States into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, said U.S. weapons policy needed a rethink after the killings.
“Because of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, the American Congress must review its mistaken legislation on guns. It’s doing damage to us all,” Calderon said.
I realize that El Presidente is concerned about all the firearms moving across Mexico’s northern border with the US but there is still some question whether that is really happening in significant numbers. The 90% number has been widely discredited by many sources, FactCheck.org among them.
Given the lack of hard data from Mexico, we can’t calculate a precise figure for what portion of crime guns have been traced to the U.S. Based on the best evidence we can find so far, we conclude that the 90 percent claim made by the president and others in his administration lacks a basis in solid fact. But we also conclude that the number is at least double what Fox News has reported, based on its reporters’ mistaken interpretation of ATF testimony.
Even though they clearly state that there is not enough evidence to clearly calculate an accurate number, to make sure that they continued reporting to the left of the news they arbitrarily calculate a number just to take a shot at Fox. Notice that the never state what Fox “misinterpreted”, they just doubled the number that they reported.
FOX News’ number? They pegged the number at 17% because:
In fact, it’s not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.
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.
So now that El Presidente has opined on how wrong we are, it is only fair that we take a look at how well Mexico’s laws are working for them.
There actually seems to be an armed conflict ongoing on Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. There aren’t any armed insurrections ongoing in the US are there?
Hmmmmmm… Perhaps El Presidente should look to his own country before criticizing America.
Ironically, Mexico has one of the most strict immigration policies in North America as well.
Here’s a quick sampling of the google search terms “violence in southern Mexico”:
26 May 2011 – If the border that separates the United States and Mexico is fairly easy to penetrate, then Mexico’s other border — the southern one, abutting Guatemala — is … Story | Mexicans vent anger over toll of ‘Calderon’s war‘ on drugs …
timesofindia.indiatimes.com › World
20 Mar 2012 – Gunmen ambushed and killed 12 police officers who had been sent to investigate the beheadings of 10 people in southern Guerrero state, …
A priest who shelters stranded migrants needs police protection. A chopped-up body turns up with a threatening message.
Violence in Southern Mexican State Leaves 11 Dead. CHILPANCINGO, Mexico – Eleven people were found dead in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, …
7 Dec 2010 – At least 23 men were killed over the past few days in a wave of drug-related violence in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, officials said.
5 Apr 2011 – At least five people were killed and two others wounded in a wave ofviolence in Acapulco, a resort city in the southern Mexican state of …
4 Oct 2011 – At least 23 men and a woman died in drug-related violence last weekend in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, with most of the killings …
28 Oct 2011 – Suspected drug cartel assailants killed 15 men and a woman in thesouthern Mexican state of Guerrero, authorities said.
http://www.rt.com/news/political-violence-oaxaca-mexico/22 May 2010
The southern Mexican state of Oaxaca has experienced an increase in violence between anti-government …
20 Mar 2012 – Gunmen ambushed and killed 12 police officers who had been sent to investigate the beheadings of 10 people in southern Guerrero state.
19 Sep 2011 – In parts of southern Mexico, the legacy of the decades-long Dirty War against political dissidents has dovetailed with the climate of violence and …