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CBS Suggests Lax Gun Laws in U.S. to Blame for Crime in Mexico
NewsBusters ^ | March 11, 2009 | Brad Wilmouth

Posted on 03/11/2009 6:02:11 AM PDT by Zakeet

On Monday’s CBS Evening News, correspondent Ben Tracy filed a report documenting the thousands of guns that are illegally smuggled to Mexican drug cartels which they use in battle with the Mexican army, and suggested that lax gun laws in America are to blame. Without delving into the possibility that greater availability of guns in Mexico might help the country’s citizens to reduce that country’s overall crime rate, Tracy informed viewers that it is "nearly impossible" to buy guns in Mexico legally, as he pointed out America’s less strict laws:

Mexican law makes it nearly impossible to buy guns there legally, but less restrictive gun laws in the U.S. keep the firearms flowing over the border. Court papers in the [George] Iknadosian case claim U.S. border states provide three-quarters of black market firearms to Mexico. And with more than 1,000 people already killed in drug violence in Mexico this year, cutting off the gun supply is now a top concern on this side of the border.

After anchor Katie Couric relayed to viewers that the Supreme Court had ruled in favor of gun manufacturers as New York City had tried to punish the gun industry for not doing more to force gun dealers to block straw purchases, she set up Tracy’s story: "It's a crime, of course, to smuggle weapons out of the country, and in Phoenix today a gun dealer went on trial for supplying assault rifles to Mexican drug gangs who are locked in a bloody war with the army and each other. Ben Tracy has the latest on a case that's being watched closely here in the United States and Mexico."

Tracy began: "In the escalating drug war south of the border, Mexican cartels supply the drugs, but the guns largely come from the U.S." After filling in viewers on the case of gun dealer George Iknadosian, CBS ran a clip of Tijuana’s Mayor Jorge Ramos: "All the killing that they're doing here, are killing with guns that are selling in the United States."

Tracy concluded:

Mexican law makes it nearly impossible to buy guns there legally, but less restrictive gun laws in the U.S. keep the firearms flowing over the border. Court papers in the Iknadosian case claim U.S. border states provide three-quarters of black market firearms to Mexico. And with more than 1,000 people already killed in drug violence in Mexico this year, cutting off the gun supply is now a top concern on this side of the border. Ben Tracy, CBS News, Los Angeles.

Below is a complete transcript of the report from the Monday, March 9, CBS Evening News:

KATIE COURIC: In other news, a Supreme Court victory today for gun manufacturers. New York City had sued several of them claiming their failure to monitor dealers allowed guns to wind up in the hands of criminals. A lower court ruled federal law protects the gun industry from such lawsuits, and today the Supreme Court let that decision stand.

COURIC: It’s a crime, of course, to smuggle weapons out of the country, and in Phoenix today a gun dealer went on trial for supplying assault rifles to Mexican drug gangs who are locked in a bloody war with the army and each other. Ben Tracy has the latest on a case that’s being watched closely here in the United States and Mexico.

BEN TRACY: In the escalating drug war south of the border, Mexican cartels supply the drugs, but the guns largely come from the U.S.

WILLIAM NEWELL, ATF PHOENIX FIELD DIVISION: Firearms trafficking to Mexico is a huge problem. You know, drugs come North, guns go South.

TRACY: This man, George Iknadosian, is accused of being a top gun supplier. When government agents raided his Phoenix gun shop last May, they found hundreds of weapons destined for Mexico. He’s now on trial, accused of knowingly selling more than 700 guns to so-called "straw buyers," U.S. citizens who buy the guns legally and then turn them over to a trafficker.

PETER FORCELLI, ATF SUPERVISORY SPECIAL AGENT: They get $100 for their trouble, and the trafficker will take the gun down to Mexico and sell it for exponentially more than they pay here.

TRACY: As many as 2,000 firearms are believed across the border into Mexico every day, and they are often assault weapons. The ATF says that nearly 7,700 guns found in Mexico last year were traced to sellers in the U.S.

JORGE RAMOS, MAYOR OF TIJUANA, MEXICO: All the killing that they’re doing here, are killing with guns that are selling in the United States.TRACY: Mexican law makes it nearly impossible to buy guns there legally, but less restrictive gun laws in the U.S. keep the firearms flowing over the border. Court papers in the Iknadosian case claim U.S. border states provide three-quarters of black market firearms to Mexico. And with more than 1,000 people already killed in drug violence in Mexico this year, cutting off the gun supply is now a top concern on this side of the border. Ben Tracy, CBS News, Los Angeles.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; aliens; banglist; cbs; drugwarconsequences; guns; immigration; mexico; secondamendment; thankprohibition; wod

We need to grab Gringo's guns because Mexicans can't enforce their own laws.

1 posted on 03/11/2009 6:02:11 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

It’s all those American guns running for the border.

Hugo Chavez is supplying the weapons to the drug trade. Good for business. He just bought a boat laod of Chinese AKs.


2 posted on 03/11/2009 6:04:18 AM PDT by Tarpon (It's a common fact, one can't be liberal and rational at the same time.)
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To: Zakeet
of course it wouldn't have anything to do with the drug cartels.... morans...
3 posted on 03/11/2009 6:04:23 AM PDT by tatsinfla
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To: Zakeet

They are talking about the self propelled robot drone guns.


4 posted on 03/11/2009 6:04:59 AM PDT by mefistofelerevised
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To: Zakeet
If we are to be blamed for Mexican problems, I'd blame our drug laws and lack of border enforcement long before I'd blame our gun laws for crime in Mexico.
5 posted on 03/11/2009 6:05:40 AM PDT by GBA
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To: tatsinfla
They're killing each other. What our Second Amendment has to do with it, I haven't the foggiest idea. We need to put up a wall between us and Mexico.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

6 posted on 03/11/2009 6:05:55 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Zakeet

CBS....one word...RATHER


7 posted on 03/11/2009 6:06:17 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Zakeet

Katie Couric, CBS and the corrupt MSM: always ensuring that the “Kick Me” sign is firmly attached to America.

This story has been debunked.


8 posted on 03/11/2009 6:07:03 AM PDT by Obadiah (Party - my house - on December 22, 2012!)
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To: Zakeet

Drug cartel (who transport illegal drugs) buying illegal guns?

O the huge manatee.

[This is the kind of twisted logic the media spreads as news. Unbelievable.]


9 posted on 03/11/2009 6:07:31 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Zakeet

60 Minutes did a piece a couple weeks back on the subject, and the wepaons they claimed were from the USA were not legal for sale here.

Liars!


10 posted on 03/11/2009 6:08:29 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: Zakeet

11 posted on 03/11/2009 6:08:32 AM PDT by Blogger (Pray and Prepare)
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To: tatsinfla
:)


12 posted on 03/11/2009 6:09:30 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: Zakeet

So according to CBS the Mexican Drug Lords are buying their guns at Wal Marts, gun shows and sporting goods stores in in the US and smuggling them back into Mexico and aren’t stealing them from the Mexican military or simply buying them directly from the Chinese, Russians etc. Couric is such an airhead.


13 posted on 03/11/2009 6:10:29 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: Zakeet
You and I Can't Buy the Guns Mexican Cartels Own
14 posted on 03/11/2009 6:12:33 AM PDT by Obadiah (Party - my house - on December 22, 2012!)
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To: Zakeet

“And with more than 1,000 people already killed in drug violence in Mexico this year, cutting off the gun supply is now a top concern on this side of the border.”

For decades we have been plagued with the problem of poor people flooding into the US and bringing the attendant social and economic problems. The economy never improves in Mexico or other southern nations and the political systems there worsen because the US distracts the populace and provides money to the people.

Drugs have for decades flowed into the US with devastating effect on American lives.

NOW, and only now, the problem of cross-border illegality is a “top concern” and the concern is not for harm caused to the US. I am at a loss for words.


15 posted on 03/11/2009 6:13:28 AM PDT by iacovatx (If you must lie to recruit to your cause, you are fighting for the wrong side.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

LOL


16 posted on 03/11/2009 6:13:48 AM PDT by Obadiah (Party - my house - on December 22, 2012!)
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To: The Great RJ

Yup. I just brought home a pallet of full-auto AKs from Wal-Mart last night, and before leaving I cleaned out their M249 display, too.


17 posted on 03/11/2009 6:14:23 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A GUTLESS SOCIALIST LOSER WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: Zakeet

Simple solution: make drugs illegal. Poof, no smuggling, no shooting, because nobody will buy drugs.


18 posted on 03/11/2009 6:18:27 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Zakeet

Maybe Mexico should build a wall along the border to keep the guns out.


19 posted on 03/11/2009 6:22:47 AM PDT by Husker24
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To: Zakeet
You just can't make these @ssholes happy. You would think they would be rejoicing about these evil assault weapons leaving the country, but no they think we should keep them here for use on the children so they can preach against them.Can't they spell hypocrite?
20 posted on 03/11/2009 6:27:11 AM PDT by Big Mack (I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat VEGETABLES!)
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To: Zakeet

Uhhhh, yeah Ben. That’s like blaming apple martinis for making you gay.


21 posted on 03/11/2009 6:28:57 AM PDT by highnoon (How come we never hear about Zero's white half?)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

What is the context of this photo? I hope this guy’s sign wasn’t Conservative leaning...


22 posted on 03/11/2009 6:37:29 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Liberals: Punishing success and subsidizing losers for 150 years")
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To: GBA

“Mexican law makes it nearly impossible to buy guns there legally, but less restrictive gun laws in the U.S. keep the firearms flowing over the border.”

What does Mexican law say about cutting the heads off police chiefs?? Oh, the knives used to behead people are coming from the US also!


23 posted on 03/11/2009 6:41:20 AM PDT by Holicheese (Gimme Gimme Gimme!)
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly
What is the context of this photo?

I have no clue.

25 posted on 03/11/2009 6:57:31 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: Zakeet

So if lax US gun laws are responsible for guns in Mexico, are lax Mexican drug laws responsible for drugs in the US?


26 posted on 03/11/2009 7:16:48 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Zakeet

It is already illegal for Mexicans and Mexican-americans to buy guns here and take them to Mexico! And please tell me, SeeBS, where I can buy grenades and RPGs in the US??


27 posted on 03/11/2009 7:17:26 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Mexas - beyond your expectations.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

“wherever there is a mexican...there is mexco”...


28 posted on 03/11/2009 7:48:02 AM PDT by Crim
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To: Zakeet; All

Most here probably don’t know this but it is lax gun laws that are to blame for gun crime in Canada too (This is reported by the Canadian media as a state of fact regularly)


29 posted on 03/11/2009 7:49:22 AM PDT by wiseprince
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To: Zakeet

On Cam & company-NRA News-a month ago, did a report on this. They compare it to El Paso, TX & some Mexican city on the other side of the borader. It shown that there was a weapon shipment going on there and yet El Paso was more safer than the Mexican city where the shipment happened.

CBS=Communistic Broadcasting News


30 posted on 03/11/2009 7:55:33 AM PDT by greatdefender (If You Want Peace.....Prepare For War)
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To: Zakeet

I’d like to send them a strongly worded comment.


31 posted on 03/11/2009 8:02:13 AM PDT by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Yeah, the kind of hardware they’re using is highly illegal here in the US, so so much for “lax gun laws”.

And it’s not as if Mexico is a country with two huge coastlines and a corrupt government.


32 posted on 03/11/2009 8:05:16 AM PDT by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Zakeet

Conservatives say SeeBS-Viacommies’ lax journalist “ethics” to blame for Obama presidency.


33 posted on 03/11/2009 8:33:29 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ("Do you know the website number?" - VP Joe Biden)
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To: Zakeet

We don’t call CBS the Communist Broadcasting System for nothing!


34 posted on 03/11/2009 8:41:36 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (I am inconsolate over the death of our country.)
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To: Zakeet

....CBS...Ha!!.....what do they know?....they’re swirling the bowl with time running out....get a load of this chart:

http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickchart/quickchart.asp?symb=cbs&sid=0&o_symb=cbs&freq=1&time=9


35 posted on 03/11/2009 8:45:00 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: Zakeet

Easy solution. Build a wall.


36 posted on 03/11/2009 8:58:30 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Zakeet

Yet the notion that lax immigration laws are to blame for crime in the US never crosses their minds.


37 posted on 03/11/2009 9:01:51 AM PDT by CGTRWK
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To: Zakeet

CBS is a GAY station.


38 posted on 03/11/2009 8:01:19 PM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: Zakeet

It must be because of the lax guns laws in the US, because the strict gun laws in Mexico obviously work so damn well. Jeez lou-eez. What a bunch of ignorant knobs.


39 posted on 03/11/2009 8:06:08 PM PDT by behzinlea
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