Borderland Beat reports the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has again taken up its long debunked propaganda campaign, now claiming that more than 68 percent of guns recovered at Mexican crime scenes came from the United States.
Briefly quoting the Borderland Beat report linked above:
Those are a slightly stretched version of the numbers the Obama regime floated in 2009, and that were quickly debunked by Stratfor. The Stratfor breakdown of guns submitted for ATF tracing is on the right, click on it for a clearer view.
More than 68 percent of the weapons recovered at Mexican crime scenes over a five-year period were traced to U.S. manufacturers or U.S. dealers who import firearms, according to statistics of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Between 2007 and 2011, Mexican law enforcement submitted 99,691 requests to the ATF for tracing, and 68,161 of those firearms were determined to come from U.S. makers or were legally imported into the United States by federally licensed firearms dealers.
There were 30,000 guns seized in Mexico. Of those, 7,200 carefully selected guns were submitted to the ATF for tracing. 4,000 guns or 13.3 of the guns confiscated in Mexico were successfully traced by ATF. Of traced guns, just 3,480 of 30,000 guns or just 11.6 percent of the guns confiscated came from the United States. And a very high percentage of those were confiscated from Mexican citizens trying to take a hunting or self defense rifle or shotgun back to Mexico.
The only hard numbers on the total number of guns confiscated comes from SEDENA, Mexico’s Ministry of War. In 2009 SEDENA reported it had in storage more than 300,000 confiscated guns. In 2011, a press release mentioned that more than 100,000 guns a year were being confiscated inside Mexico. It is therefore reasonable to assume that Mexico has confiscated a half million guns in the last seven years.
In many cases, the guns that wind up at crime scenes were imported by the Government of Mexico, itself; as this document demonstrates.
Yet the BATmen claim that less than 20 percent of the total number of guns confiscated or recovered en Mejico were subject to an ATF trace? And the ATF claims that out of less than 100,000 carefully selected guns subjected for tracing, they found only 70,000 guns had come from the United States?
That is only 14 percent of the total number of guns confiscated over seven years. The difference between the 11.6 percent of 2009 is easily accounted for by the ATF’s own multiple gunrunning “operations.” It is also less than Mexican authorities say Mexican workers returning home from the United States bring in for hunting, sport, and self defense each year.
Perhaps the BATmen should go down to kindergarten and get the kids to make up a more plausible story.