Tuesday, March 20, 2012

More on the Flow of Military Weapons to Mexico's Cartels

About a month ago, I posted about how the vast majority of U.S. weapons winding up in the hands of the drug cartels actually originated with sales of military weapons. This has been a long-known fact conveniently ignored by the media. However, Reuters recently published an article on this very topic, stating:
Under the direct commercial sales program, foreign governments can submit an application to the DDTC. When approved, they are free to purchase weapons made by private U.S. manufacturers.

In 2009 alone, U.S. manufacturers sold 18,709 guns to the Mexican military, reports CBS News. About 26% of those guns were "diverted" into the wrong hands.

This is because an estimated 150,000 Mexican soldiers have defected and now work for cartels. They take their military-issued guns with them.
The real question, of course, is why bother with Fast and Furious and similar operations that focused on the inconsequential number of firearms being obtained through straw purchases? Probably to "brainwash" people against firearms.

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