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Gunning For Drugs

The lamestream media told you:

Agents said Thursday they found 42 weapons in a storage locker about 10 days ago, "enough weapons to equip several carloads of drug runners." The guns were worth $250,000 in all: Belgian-made "FN" handguns, semiautomatic AK rifles and other pistols. They also found four olive boxes loaded with 50-caliber bullets -- "big enough to take out an airplane," according to AP reporter Chris Kahn.

ATF officials said gun runners typically gather large caches of weapons anonymously through "straw" purchases. They might give someone cash to go into a gun show or a WalMart and buy a few rifles at a time. They might buy guns over the Internet.

This year the ATF Phoenix office learned that about 300 assault-type weapons were taken south on one occasion, and another 200 assault-type weapons were smuggled on a separate occasion. "Certainly, these narcoterrorist organizations have unlimited source of income."

The Mexican government has called on the United States to stop the flow of guns into the country, but America's firearms laws make it hard to stop gun running. "What's been useful is there has been a lot of cooperation" between the countries to stem the gun trade, Saavedra said.

"If weapons are seized in Mexico, they pass that information to U.S. authorities, and they can track that number to where it was bought, and they can at least confirm if the sale was done legally," he added.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Using an olden investigative tool known as a "calculator" we see that Mr. Kahn, parroting the government agent's numbers without question or research, values the seized firearms at an impossible $6,000 each.

The rest of the tale is equally accurate.

Guns smuggled into Mexico for drug gangs can't be bought "legally."

WalMart sells none of the guns mentioned in the story.

Buying guns directly over the internet for use by drug runners is strictly illegal. It is also traceable, which authorities could use to arrest the perpetrators and enforce the law.

50-caliber "bullets" can't take out anything, since a bullet is only one fourth of useable ammunition.

Cartridges in .50 caliber have no greater capacity to "take out an airplane" than any other ammunition, which must strike a precise and sensitive spot, of which there are few. Even olden fighter planes in WWII could absorb numerous .50 caliber rounds and make it back to base for repairs.

In studying possible cockpit gunfire during the "arm the pilots" debate after 9/11, experts found there was no significant threat to aircraft from an accidental discharge, and proceeded to put guns in planes.

The most important aspect of the story is omitted. The confiscations are not about guns, they're about war -- the government run war on some drugs.

Predictably, the warriors on both sides are armed to the teeth, use their guns in battles and contribute to war deaths (called "gun deaths" by lamestream reporters). While the war continues to be waged, both sides continue to fight, re-arming and reloading as needed.

The chances that government will declare either defeat or victory and end the war are considered slim according to experts. An increasing number of voices are calling for an armistice, and taxing the vegetable products at the heart of the conflict. Libertarians have been calling for a truce for years, but are ignored by everyone but themselves.

How officials learned of 500 smuggled weapons once it was too late and then did nothing about it was not explained. How a straw purchaser could make repeated buys and not alert 900 employees at the FBI NICS background check center was not explained. Why Mexican government officials said they seek U.S. cooperation but instead cooperate with drug cartels in order to stay alive and feather their nests, was not explained.

The idea that "America's firearms laws make it hard to stop gun running" is editorializing where news is supposed to appear and complete nonsense -- anti-gun-running laws are strict and plentiful, but enforced loosely to help supply all the cartels' needs.

In other news, Mexico's prison are overflowing as a result of U.S.-backed drug raids. "In every 6 x 8 meter cell there were six beds and 10 guys, and that was a VIP room," says Sergio Solache in a report from Mexico City. Mexican officials are complaining that the current $1.4 billion U.S. aid package doesn't provide enough money to ease prison overcrowding.

Reporters forgot to ask U.S. taxpayers if they support giving billions to Mexico, artificially raising the price for drugs.

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