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Obama Speaks Fast and Furiously in Mexico

May 3rd, 2013 - 1:16 pm

“Obama Fast and Furiously Claims that Most Guns Used in Mexico’s Drug War Come from the United States,” as spotted by Bryan Preston at the Tatler:

Speaking in Mexico today, President Barack Obama once again blamed the US for Mexico’s drug war. The man has a fetish for denouncing the US while he stands on foreign soil.

“Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” President Obama said during a speech at Mexico’s Anthropology Museum. “I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.”

“But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do,” Obama added.

President Obama is wrong on the statistics, just as he is habitually wrong on the percentage of US gun sales that occur outside background checks. Mexico’s drug war guns come from all over the world; many of those that do come from the US first go into the hands of Mexican or other military and law enforcement and are later sold or given to the cartels, or the units defect to the cartels. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with that at all.

He also failed to add that thousands of the guns that did come from the US to Mexico came courtesy one of his own government’s programs: Fast and Furious. He chose to cover Fast and Furious in the cloak of executive privilege last year.

Meanwhile, as Daniel Halper notes at the Weekly Standard, “Obama Campaign Uses Chicago Violence to Push for Gun Control.”

Man, if only Chicago had stricter gun control regulations.

If. Only.

(Gee, you think there might be some bad blood between BHO and the current mayor of Chicago?)


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Maybe this is what he's referring too:

"The problem of weapons legally sold to Mexico - then diverted to violent cartels - is becoming more urgent. That's because the U.S. has quietly authorized a massive escalation in the number of guns sold to Mexico through "direct commercial sales." It's a way foreign countries can acquire firearms faster and with less disclosure than going through the Pentagon.

Here's how it works: A foreign government fills out an application to buy weapons from private gun manufacturers in the U.S. Then the State Department decides whether to approve.

And it did approve 2,476 guns to be sold to Mexico in 2006. In 2009, that number was up nearly 10 times, to 18,709. The State Department has since stopped disclosing numbers of guns it approves, and wouldn't give CBS News figures for 2010 or 2011.

With Mexico in a virtual state of war with its cartels, nobody's tracking how many U.S. guns are ending up with the enemy. "
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