The percentage of American guns used by Mexican criminals keeps dropping, or at least the number used by those who don't want you to own semiautomatic firearms is coming down.
It wasn't that long ago Brady Board Member Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke were using their major media amplifiers to tell us, in no uncertain terms:
American gun sellers supply the cartels with 95 to 100 percent of their guns, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
These lies have been debunked over and over. Most of the U.S. made arms being used by the cartels are U.S. made M16's that were sold to the Mexican government. Every time a soldier jumps to the other side he takes his government issue firearm with him. From the article,
"In recent years as many as 150,000 Mexican soldiers, 17,000 last year alone, defected to go work for the drug cartels -- bringing their American-made service-issued firearms with them. It has also been well documented that the drug cartels are illegally smuggling fully automatic firearms, grenades and other weapons into Mexico from South and Central America. Such items are not being purchased at retail firearms stores in the United States."
The claim that guns are being purchased and flowing across the border is another Brady lie. According to the ATF,the traced firearms have been in the system a average of 14 years. In that amount of time, a gun can have a lot of different owners. We are always selling and trading to get what we want for our collections.
Calderon needs to go back to Mexico and try and take care of his own problems instead of meddling where he doesn't belong.