"This war is being waged with guns purchased not here but in the United States . . . more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that lay in our shared border, so we have responsibilities in this as well."
- The person who runs Obama's teleprompter, April 16th, 2009
"In 2007-2008, according to ATF Special Agent William Newell, Mexico submitted 11,000 guns to the ATF for tracing. Close to 6,000 were successfully traced—and of those, 90 percent—5,114 to be exact, according to testimony in Congress by William Hoover—were found to have come from the U.S.
But in those same two years, according to the Mexican government, 29,000 guns were recovered at crime scenes.
In other words, 68 percent of the guns that were recovered were never submitted for tracing. And when you weed out the roughly 6,000 guns that could not be traced from the remaining 32 percent, it means 83 percent of the guns found at crime scenes in Mexico could not be traced to the U.S."
- William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott, as quoted in Reason magazine.
"Hence La Jeunesse and Lott's conclusion that "only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S." Which sounds a lot less impressive than 90 percent."
- Jacob Sullum, as quoted in Reason magazine.
"The true number is somewhere in the middle. But wouldn't it be pleasant if our chowderheaded government could get out of the Prohibition/Bootlegger era and allow the violence to go away?"
- The Whited Sepulchre, after reading FactCheck.org