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  1. John

    I fully agree that our news media has become a bunch of commentary pacifists who only want to push their won agenda and protect what the president does. It seems that the Illinois golden boy can do no wrong though his own home state has one of the highest crime rates in the US per capita and almost no rights for firearm owners. At the same time Obama is down in Mexico apologizing for the firearms that went down to Mexico from the US as if we are the only ones whom the cartels are getting the weapons from.
    But the truth of it all is that, some 30,000 firearms were seized from criminals by Mexican authorities in 2008. Of these 30,000 firearms, information pertaining to 7,200 of them (24 percent) was submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for tracing. Of these 7,200 guns, only about 4,000 could be traced by the ATF, and of these 4,000, some 3,480 (87 percent) were shown to have come from the United States.
    This means that the 87 percent figure relates to the number of weapons submitted by the Mexican government to the ATF that could be successfully traced and not from the total number of weapons seized by Mexican authorities or even from the total number of weapons submitted to the ATF for tracing. In fact, the 3,480 guns positively traced to the United States equals less than 12 percent of the total arms seized in Mexico in 2008 and less than 48 percent of all those submitted by the Mexican government to the ATF for tracing. This means that almost 90 percent of the guns seized in Mexico in 2008 were not traced back to the United States.
    However Mexico is a major supplier of heroin to the U.S. market, and the largest foreign supplier of methamphetamine and marijuana. Mexican production of all three of these drugs has increased since 2005, as has the amount of drugs seized at the southwest border, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. While assessments vary as to how much of the marijuana originates in Mexico, a 2010 Rand Corporation report estimated it at anywhere from 40 to 67 percent. An estimated 95 percent of cocaine now travels through Mexico into the United States, up from 77 percent in 2003. Overall, the U.S. State Department found that U.S. drug users send between $19 and $29 billion annually into the coffers of Mexican drug cartels.
    Mexico’s drug system provides direct or indirect employment for much of its population, says Brookings narcotics expert Vanda Felbab-Brown. She estimates that as much as 40 to 50 percent of the Mexican population works in the “informal, if not illegal, economy.” Officials estimate that the drug trade makes up 3 to 4 percent of Mexico’s $1.5 trillion annual GDP—totaling as much as $30 billion—and employs at least half a million people.
    Maybe instead of our president going down to Mexico to eat crow their president should be headed up here to tell us how they are actually going to fix the problems their country is helping to cause.

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