Friday, March 27, 2009


I've predicted that the ban on assault rifles will be reinstated because of the Oakland police deaths and the allegations that Mexican drug cartels get their military-style weapons mainly from Texas gun dealers.

In today's, David Harsanyi has a column which debunks the claims that the drug cartels obtain those weapons from the USA. Although his column advocates an end to the War on Drugs, his remarks on how the stream of deadly arms reaches the Mexican cartels is well worth noting.

Here, excerpted from Harsanyi's "Make Sense, Not War" column, is what he wrote about the supply of arms to the cartels:

....Washington never wastes a crisis. The erupting violence south of the border has allowed certain politicians a chance to climb on the anti-gun hobbyhorse, as well. We are, if you haven't heard, unable to prevent the massive shipments of weapons to Mexico.

The problem with this well-known fact is that it's highly dubious.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, titled "Law Enforcement Responses to Mexican Drug Cartels," one senator after another tried to induce law enforcement officials, who have every motivation to play along, to claim that military-style arms are streaming into Mexico from the United States.

Not one expert agreed.

The Los Angeles Times, in fact, recently reported that the "enhanced weaponry" used by drug cartels "represents a wide sampling from the international arms bazaar, with grenades and launchers produced by U.S., South Korean, Israeli, Spanish or former Soviet bloc manufacturers. Many had been sold legally to governments, including Mexico's, and then were diverted onto the black market."

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