In July, I posted on a piece in the Christian Science Monitor that said about 90% of the guns used by Mexican drug cartels come from the U.S. A commenter questioned that number, and asked where it came from. Not an unreasonable question.
Today, the Washington Post ran an article on the same subject, and asserts that closer to 100% of the guns used by Mexican drug cartels come from the U.S., where they are purchased legally and smuggled across the border. According to the piece, that data is coming from Mexican police and a government study on the subject:
The high-powered guns used in both incidents on the evening of Sept. 24 undoubtedly came from the United States, say police here, who estimate that 100 percent of drug-related killings are committed with smuggled U.S. weapons.
The U.S. weapons -- as many as 2,000 enter Mexico each day, according to a Mexican government study -- are crucial tools in an astoundingly barbaric war between rival cartels that has cost 4,000 lives in the past 18 months and sent law enforcement agencies in Washington and Mexico City into crisis mode.
Update: More choice excerpts from the Washington Post piece:
But law enforcement officers on both sides of the border have never seen anything like the flood of guns now surging into Mexico. The increase has been stoked by the cartel war and by the ease of buying high-powered weapons since the U.S. assault weapons ban was not renewed in 2004, William Newell, a special agent in charge of the ATF's Phoenix office, said in an interview.
Let's see... Failure of federal government to balance 2nd amendment rights with national security? Check! Another good quote:
These drug traffickers, with their steady supply of U.S. weaponry, are the target of President Bush's proposed $500 million U.S. aid package to help Mexico battle cartels.
$500 million of the American people's hard earned tax dollars? To help the Mexican government battle a scourge of weaponry from the U.S. that should be stopped in the U.S. in the first place? Priceless...
How will the NRA respond to this one? Deviously, I'm sure. Somehow, it will be the fault of the "far left liberals" in Washington. And George Soros.