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April 28, 2011 - 3:01 pm

Remember when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder blamed America’s gun laws, and specifically the expiration of the assault weapons ban, for the escalating violence in Mexico? And this statement, from President Obama:

“More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our border,” President Obama said in February 2009.

That has been debunked over and over again, and the ATF’s Gunwalker scandal has become a running embarrassment, but Fox News’ William La Jeunesse takes a look at the latest intel from WikiLeaks and turns up something new. The Obama adminstration was well aware that what they were saying was false, but they said it anyway.

Even though these facts [about the origin of the guns] were well-known by the Obama administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder, it blamed much of the violence in Mexico on U.S. gun stores. …

According to State Department documents, in 2009 Mexico bought nearly $177 million worth of American-made weapons, exceeding sales to Iraq and Afghanistan. That number includes $20 million in semi- and fully automatic weapons.

“Most of the M16s were sold legally to the Mexican government and disappeared,” Kartchner added.

State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks confirm that fear. One cable from November 2009 reads “U.S. law enforcement has fair reason to worry a number of weapons simply disappear… ”

Another from June 2009 says, “Rogue elements of the Guatemalan military are selling weapons to narcos.”

So the guns that are turning the cartels into private militaries are coming indirectly from the US government. Those guns are intended as weapons sales and foreign aid, not for the cartels, but the fact is that the administration knew of this when they attacked US gun laws, gun brokers and gun owners. They lied to us, at us, to blame us for a war we didn’t start and aren’t playing a role in. Their intent is obvious: To push for stricter gun laws in the US. And they lied, repeatedly and in unison, to pursue that political aim.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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