Skip to comments.Mexico's Gun Supply and the 90 Percent Myth
Posted on 02/10/2011 8:22:07 PM PST by FromLori
For several years now, STRATFOR has been closely watching developments in Mexico that relate to what we consider the three wars being waged there. Those three wars are the war between the various drug cartels, the war between the government and the cartels and the war being waged against citizens and businesses by criminals.
In addition to watching tactical developments of the cartel wars on the ground and studying the dynamics of the conflict among the various warring factions, we have also been paying close attention to the ways that both the Mexican and U.S. governments have reacted to these developments. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects to watch has been the way in which the Mexican government has tried to deflect responsibility for the cartel wars away from itself and onto the United States. According to the Mexican government, the cartel wars are not a result of corruption in Mexico or of economic and societal dynamics that leave many Mexicans marginalized and desperate to find a way to make a living. Instead, the cartel wars are due to the insatiable American appetite for narcotics and the endless stream of guns that flows from the United States into Mexico and that results in Mexican violence.
Interestingly, the part of this argument pertaining to guns has been adopted by many politicians and government officials in the United States in recent years. It has now become quite common to hear U.S. officials confidently assert that 90 percent of the weapons used by the Mexican drug cartels come from the United States. However, a close examination of the dynamics of the cartel wars in Mexico and of how the oft-echoed 90 percent number was reached clearly demonstrates that the number is more political rhetoric than empirical fact.
By the Numbers
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Great job cutting the excerpt right before the key info.
And then there is the war being waged by Stratfor to drown the world in worthless, ignorant spam.
ATF deserves to be shut down, they have become a law unto themselves.
This article is worth reading and keeping to show to your gun hating friends. An accurate picture of the gun/border situation. I sent it to my liberal list to show them that the US is not the sole source of Mexican drug cartel guns.
Haha true.. But this sounds like the same info that came out in the fox report years ago, so I highly doubt there’s much new information in this story
Indeed. Does Stratfor even need to be excerpted?