Obama's Bogus Gun Statistics; Mexican Crime Is Not America's Fault

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Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Obama administration is fudging when it claims that 90 percent of guns used in crimes in Mexico come from the United States. The bogus statistics are being used as an excuse to push gun control.

The Obama White House and the Mexican government are in agreement that Americans' rights to purchase firearms should be curtailed. Appearing on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, ahead of President Obama's trip this week to Mexico, Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan stated that reinstituting the [assault weapons ban] could have a profound impact on the number and the caliber of the weapons going down to Mexico.

The ambassador used the 90 percent number to justify new gun bans in the United States. Mr. Obama, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano all have made policy recommendations based on this claim.

The gun controllers have to use phony statistics because the truth does not support their agenda. According to William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott of Fox News, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S. On Friday, National Public Radio asked the attorney general about the Fox News analysis. Mr. Holder sidestepped the facts with more misleading data. It almost doesn't matter if it's 60 percent, 70 percent or 90 percent, Mr. Holder claimed. The reality is that too many guns are flowing from the United States into Mexico.

Like all good yarns, this one has a thread of truth that is being overspun. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 90 percent of traced guns come from the United States. …