Recently there has been a barrage of politicians, reporters, and public figures spouting a statistic that 90% of firearms used to commit crimes in Mexico comes from the US. Hilary Clinton, the assistant Director of field operations at the ATF, and Senator Diane Feinstein have all used this statistic in anti-gun speeches.
There’s just one small problem: it’s not true.
What is true is that 90% of TRACED guns originate in the US. Did you catch that? TRACED is the key word.
According to an article on FoxNews.com,
…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.
Out of 29,000 guns recovered by the Mexican government, 11,000 (38%) were submitted for tracing. Of those 11,000, only 6,000 could be traced. Of those successfully traced, 5,114 were traced to the US. 5,114 is only about 18% of 29,000. The 90% statistic comes from the fact that 5114 or 6,000 guns successfully traced were from the US. The others were from who knows where. Yes, it is possible that some of the untraceable guns were from the US. Let’s say that even all 11,000 guns submitted for tracing were from the US. That’s still only about 38% of the total guns taken by law enforcement in Mexico. The rest are from China, Russia, North Korea,the Middle East, and South America. Yup, the fact is that over 80% of guns recovered in Mexico DO NOT originate in the US.
Obviously, this is just more political propaganda against the 2nd Amendment by those who are avowed gun-haters. Because they have a gun-hating president, they’re stepping up their efforts to sway those who are undecided on the gun issue. A populace that cannot defend itself is a populace that is at the mercy of it’s government.
I have not ever, and do not, advocate violent overthrow of the government. In fact, as a Christian, I believe that I have a mandate to live under the laws of the duly appointed authorities God has placed over me (Romans 13). But I believe that as long as Americans are armed, the government will still stay in check. If Americans lose the right to possess weapons, there will be nothing to hold the government in check but the integrity of those in power. And from what I’ve seen in my 30 years, I have little reason to trust those in power.
To sum up, here is a quote by British politician Benjamin Disraeli that is well worth remembering:
There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
So, be careful what you believe. Politicians are typically only out for one thing: control. And people without the means to defend themselves are much, much easier to control. How many Jews in Germany had guns?