Not to drag out the gun stuff any further than need be. The correct quote was 95% of the guns that were "traceable" were from the US. There were 32507 firearms confiscated during the many raids. Of the ones that were traceable (509 total) 443 were bought through legal
channels in the US and then illegally sold into Mexico.
I'm sure there were more that were stolen in the US but that is hardly the fault of legal
US owners or the Mexican government
or anybody other than the criminals who were, once again, comitting a crime by transporting firearms into Mexico.
Like I said before the vast majority of firearms used by the cartels are full auto military grade weapons, RPGs, and hand grenades. None of which are readily available in the US to a run of the mill crook no matter what you might see on CSI Miami
In the 75yrs since machine guns have been restricted in the US there has never been a case of a legally owned full auto weapon being used by its owner in any felony.
You may take my word or you can do a search of the FBI, BATF, DEA and any other LEGITIMATE law enforcement sights for correct information.
The true number of murders in the Mexican drug trade
is many times higher than you quoted. Last month (Jan2010) in Juarez alone there were 223 murders related to the drug trade
. More than most of our most dangerous cities in the US tally for a year.
Mexico with it's stiff gun laws(for the regular Jose) has regularly had a higher murder rate than the US with most of the carnage within about 100miles of the US border.
Like the old saying goes "you can't always believe everything you read in the papers". Check out a bit deeper than the Times or the Post and I'm sure you will find that most of the number they have been touting have been either taken out of context or just plain fudged.
If you want some really scarey figures check out the number of missing women from the border cities. Depending on the sources between 400 and 1500 bodies found in the last 3years and between 4000 and 5000 just plain missing.
That however doesn't make such good copy ..........m