It's repugnant that President Obama would stand before a crowd of students in Mexico and lie to them about the origin of firearms that contribute to Mexico's gun violence.
“We recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” the gun-grabber in chief said — and without a single reference to Fast and Furious, the Obama administration's gun-running initiative into Mexico.
Mr. Obama's assertion repeats the now-debunked claim that more than 90 percent of guns recovered in Mexico originate in the U.S. Wrong. For tracking purposes, Mexican authorities sent to the U.S. only guns that they thought originated from the U.S., according to Fox News. Guns suspected of originating from foreign countries were not sent to the U.S. for tracking. Nor were weapons from army deserters or those stolen from Mexican armories, according to Investor's Business Daily.
So, out of 29,000 guns recovered at Mexican crime scenes in 2006-08, 68 percent were never even submitted for tracking.
And while blaming America for Mexico's gun violence, Obama neglected to mention the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans, along with U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, as a direct consequence of the Fast and Furious fiasco, which sent U.S. guns into Mexico but failed to trace them. And for what conceivable purpose, unless to expand the U.S. gun-origin shibboleth?
Such aversion to the truth for political expediency is no longer shocking. For Obama, it's become typical.
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