The New York or LA Times I could almost forgive, but the Idaho Stateman should know a Browning .30 caliber machine gun from a .50 caliber anti-aircraft weapon.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has traced many guns seized at scenes of drug violence in Mexico to U.S. commercial sources. But determining the source of military-grade weapons such as grenades and fully automatic machine guns is more complicated.
The ATF says the grenades are mostly smuggled in through Central America, and have been traced back to the militaries of many countries, from South Korea to Spain and Israel. Some may be leftovers from the Central American civil wars.
Assailants have fired on government aircraft performing anti-drug missions in Mexico in the past, but apparently never with the caliber of weapon found Monday.
The Mexican government are lying about what they are finding, lying about where it’s coming from, and our media are buying it hook line, and sinker.
UPDATE: I realize the Idaho Statesman could use some help with terminology, as could some other journalists.Â This is an anti-aircraft gun: