Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Unmitigated lies

Mexican Drug Cartels Armed to the Hilt, Threatening National Security:
They were armed to the teeth. Their arsenal ranged from semi-automatic rifles to rocket-propelled grenades. When the smoke finally cleared and the government had prevailed, Mexican federal agents captured 540 assault rifles, more than 500,000 rounds of ammunition, 150 grenades, 14 cartridges of dynamite, 98 fragmentation grenades, 67 bulletproof vests, seven Barrett .50-caliber sniper rifles and a Light Anti Tank (LAW) rocket.


This is modern Mexico, where the leaders of the powerful drug cartels are armed to the teeth with sophisticated weapons, many of which are smuggled over the border from the United States. It is with this array of superior weapons that drug cartels are threatening the very stability of their own country. And it's why America's outgoing CIA Director, Michael Hayden, says violence in Mexico will pose the second greatest threat to U.S. security next year, right after Al Qaeda.
The headline, at least, is true. They are armed to the teeth and they are threatening national security.

But if you really believe that these weapons are being purchased legally in the U.S. by "straw" purchasers and then smuggled across the border, I want you to try something.

I want you to go to the first gun store you see, and try to buy assault rifles, grenades, dynamite, and light anti-tank rockets.

But you might want to consult with your lawyer first.

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