Excellent point…

…from Weer’d, in comments here:

Also given that government bureaucracies are in love with paperwork, you can easily run the number of seized guns traced to the US from Mexico, as well as the guns involved in “Gunwalker” and see that they’re +/- the same.

I will acknowledge that I don’t know how many guns really went south as part of Gunwalker, but even if fewer guns from Gunwalker added to the total number of guns traced back to the United States, those Gunwalker weapons still account for a significant percentage of the number of seized cartel weapons traced back to the United States. I’ve seen stats here and there that say the ATF sent as many as 2,500 guns south of the border. Compare that to the 5,114 weapons that were traced back to American gun shops, and you see what I mean.

And oh, check this out! That whole uncertainty knife cuts both ways. In one of his Examiner columns yesterday, David Codrea told his readers about a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to the State Department, Justice Department, Commerce Department, Homeland Security and other U.S. government agencies in Washington that stated it was impossible to know just how many American guns went to Mexico. The cable said, in part (emphasis mine — ed.):

“Claims by Mexican and U.S. officials that upwards of 90 percent of illegal recovered weapons can be traced back to the U.S. is based on an incomplete survey of confiscated weapons. In point of fact, without wider access to the weapons seized in Mexico, we really have no way of verifying these numbers.

Say, that’s the same thing the gun bloggers and Second Amendment advocacy groups have been saying since this whole thing was ginned up!

But really, it’s the principle of the thing. Even if the feds had let ONE gun go south, it still would have been legitimately scandalous behavior considering the current administration’s anti-gun leanings. Recall, if you will, Rahm Emanuel’s famous quote — “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Does anyone really think the folks in his former boss’s administration would hesitate to create one to further one of their main policy goals?

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One Response to “Excellent point…”

  1. Crotalus Says:

    Like I said before, this is not about getting bad guys; it’s about fomenting more attacks on the 2A. It’s the only way it makes sense, and it is its only goal.

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