Mexican authorities arrested a woman guarding an arsenal that included the first anti-aircraft machine gun seized in Mexico, police said Tuesday, as the army announced the capture of an alleged top drug cartel lieutenant…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…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.Mexican detained with anti-aircraft machine gun, E. Eduardo Castillo, Yahoo News, 4/9/2009
Good catch! But, wait!
Meeting…with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, President Obama on Thursday said the U.S. is to blame for much of Mexico's drug violence, and he set up a major congressional gun-control battle by calling on the Senate to ratify a treaty designed to track and cut the flow of guns to other countries…He called for the Senate to ratify a decade-old hemisphere-wide treaty that would require nations to mark all weapons produced in the country and track them to make sure no weapons were exported to countries where they were banned….Obama Blames U.S. for Guns in Mexico, Washington Times, 4/17/09
“Mark all weapons…to make sure no weapons were exported to countries where they were banned….” Don’t be fooled. This sounds an awful lot like a “guarantee-the-evidence” ploy for the Trial Lawyers Association in their ongoing efforts to sue U.S. gun manufacturers for deaths brought about by war or murder.
Or, it could be that the anti-aircraft gun wasn’t from Columbia or Nicaragua, but from a right-wing extremist Iraq war veteran living in Texas and attending meetings of the Lone Star Secession Association. Believe what you like….