Exposed: The lie behind Obama's gun ban campaign

By Tim Inwood

During the Presidential campaign, Senator Barack Obama told gun owners we had nothing to fear from him. Most of us did not believe him. Now that he is President, his actions have shown we were right to doubt him.

Since February, the true intent of the Obama administration has become very clear. They intend to ban self-loading firearms and high capacity magazines. Within a month of taking the Presidential oath of office, and swearing (but not on the Bible) he would defend the Constitution of the United States, his Attorney General, Eric Holder, has waged a new war against the Second Amendment.

Holder has been demanding Congress bring back the Clinton semiautomatic firearms ban, purportedly to stop the drug-related violence in Mexico. The premise behind this demand is a piece of fiction, as a recent story published by proves.

Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claim Mexican drug lords are going to American gun shows and buying machine guns and grenades - a blatant and obvious falsehood.

They claim 90% of the guns used in crime South of the border come from the United States - another lie.

If one looks into the facts, it is clear Mexican drug cartels are using full auto AKs coming from the former East Bloc countries that can be purchased on the black market for around $40. Only the most incompetent drug dealer would come to the U.S. to attempt to buy a gun, as they are much more expensive here. You have to remember the drug dealer is in this illicit business to make money. For him, this is purely about profit. Semi-automatic firearms from the American market will cost them, in most cases, well over a thousand dollars. So your typical Mexican thug can buy twenty-five full auto Kalashnikov rifles for what one $1000 semi-auto AK costs in the United States. What do you think the thug is going to do?

At last, one American news network looked into the numbers and the truth. I congratulate for doing what the other networks won't do: getting the truth to the American people and exposing the Obama administration's big lie about guns in an article entitled "The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S."

You've heard this shocking "fact" before -- on TV and radio, in newspapers, on the Internet and from the highest politicians in the land: 90 percent of the weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the United States.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it to reporters on a flight to Mexico City.

-- CBS newsman Bob Schieffer referred to it while interviewing President Obama.

-- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Senate hearing: "It is unacceptable to have 90 percent of the guns that are picked up in Mexico and used to shoot judges, police officers and mayors ... come from the United States."

-- William Hoover, assistant director for field operations at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified in the House of Representatives that "there is more than enough evidence to indicate that over 90 percent of the firearms that have either been recovered in, or interdicted in transport to Mexico, originated from various sources within the United States."

There's just one problem with the 90 percent "statistic" and it's a big one:

It's just not true.

In fact, it's not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

What's true, an ATF spokeswoman told, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency's assistant director, "is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S."

But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.

"Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market," Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.

Of course, this will not be enough. Even with the lie exposed, you and I both know they are not going to stop in their quest to ban your guns. That is why you must do your part in protecting the Second Amendment. Call your members of Congress and keep your membership in pro-gun organizations up to date. We are in the fight, but we can only win this working together.

Tim Inwood is the current Legislative Liaison and Past President of the Clinton County Farmers and Sportsmen Association, an Endowment Member of the NRA and Life Member of the OGCA, Republican Central Committeeman for Chester Township A, in Clinton County, Ohio, and a volunteer for Buckeye Firearms Association.

Additional Information: - U.S. Government Doesn't Know How Many U.S. Guns Are Confiscated from Mexican Drug Cartel

An ATF spokesperson explained to that the bureau does not actually count, acquire, inspect, or warehouse the weapons confiscated in Mexico; and it does not know for sure how many guns in total have been confiscated by Mexican authorities, or how many confiscated guns may not have serial numbers.

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