Report: Almost 70% of Guns Found in Mexico Came From US

Monday, 30 Apr 2012 02:58 PM

By Newsmax Wires

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A new report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) shows that more than more than 68,000 — or 68 percent — of the 99,691 guns recovered in Mexico between 2007 and 2011 were either made in the U.S. or legally brought into the U.S. at some point.

As you might expect, gun-rights advocates and gun-control advocates view the data quite differently, The Hill reports.

Gun-rights advocates say the 68 percent number is overstated because the sample pool only reflects guns submitted to the ATF for traces. There are many other guns in Mexico, and many don’t have a U.S. connection, they say. Guns-rights supporters say Democrats try to use the inflated percentages to promote gun control.

But gun-control advocates say the 68 percent number is accurate and shows that U.S. weaponry is playing a major role in Mexico’s drug violence, which has killed more than 47,000 people over the past five years.

The ATF has been embroiled in scandal over the past 16 months for its failed Fast and Furious operation. That program authorized the sale of weapons to Mexican criminals, with the hope that the weapons could be traced back to Mexican drug kingpins.

But ATF agents weren’t allowed to follow the gun buyers, and some of the weapons were used in the murder of a U.S. border agent. The two top ATF officials resigned over the scandal.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Officer Charged in Hot-Car Death of Police Dog

Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 07:23 AM

A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to an animal-cruelty charge that alleges a police dog died after he left . . .

Sharpton Expects Thousands to March Against NY Chokehold Death

Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 07:21 AM

Thousands of marchers are expected to protest the death of an unarmed black man who was placed in a chokehold by a white . . .

Streets of Ferguson Stay Calm after Violent Nights

Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 07:20 AM

The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued t . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved