Mexican Border Vehicle Searches Turn Up No Guns

The Bradys are telling us we’re spreading mythology, when we try to debunk the Mexican Gun Canard, because there’s this nifty new report out, you know. Except that this USA Today story tells about an effort by US customs to try to interdict some of these illegally trafficked firearms into Mexico:

Almost immediately after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a stepped-up vehicle search program beginning in March 2009, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials went five consecutive months — May through September — without recovering a single weapon in El Paso, within sight of the bloodiest battleground in the Mexican drug war.

You’d think if this were such a huge problem, you’d be able to find at least one stash of firearms being smuggled, let alone being able to find a single gun.

Weapons seizures from vehicles moving through the Southwest border’s busiest crossings have increased to 310 so far in fiscal year 2010, up from 155 in fiscal year 2009, CBP records show. Besides guns, weapons include grenades and rockets.

Naturally those grenades and rockets are coming from American gun shows. There are a lot of excuses for why they aren’t finding guns. I’m also still wondering how many of those traced guns that source back to the US were sent by the truckload across the border because they were from sources in the US to the Mexican military and police. In Brady’s newfound “study” their source for the number of traced guns was the highly scientifically rigorous President of Mexico in his speech before Congress.

4 Responses to “Mexican Border Vehicle Searches Turn Up No Guns”

  1. mikeb302000 says:

    That’s really funny. Maybe we should average this 0% report with the original 90% one to get at the truth.

  2. Matt Groom says:

    Certainly, the guns they find are not the kind they want to find. Truckers have to carry guns, and they usually aren’t allowed to in most states as non-residents, or because they don’t have permits, etc. Truckers going back and forth across the border certainly aren’t allowed to keep their personal firearms when found, but that hardly counts as smuggling. Also, conventional motorists probably have their personal firearms seized on occasion, but again, that’s hardly smuggling. If any grenades or explosives have been seized, they were northbound, not southbound, as in gang members and others want access to these things, so the logical move is to buy them from your source for illegal narcotics and other prohibited items in Mexico.

  3. Weer'd Beard says:

    “That’s really funny. Maybe we should average this 0% report with the original 90% one to get at the truth.”

    Hey look, the Anti-Gun “Compromise” take a made up number, and average it with reality, and demand a “Compromise”.

    Grown-ups demand proof. The 90% number was pointed out by the BATFE itself as bullshit.


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