Yesterday (24 March 2009) afternoon was depressing for all the lies about guns and Mexican gun cartels. Feature after feature of just plain WRONG information.
'Drug cartels are using machine guns and RPG's and getting these from America via gun shops and gun shows.'
Yeah right. RPGs in US gun shops. I've never seen an RPG and every machine gun I've seen costs at LEAST $10,000 for a $1000 item, and it takes 2 months to take possession after purchasing, MINIMUM.
'The ATF has traced 90% of cartel guns found in Mexico to US sources. '
These non-existent or unavailable machine guns and RPGs? Ok, I can go along with that. THe US Government sold/supplies the Mexican army with Colt M-16's. These Mexican Army guns get sold by deserters to the cartels, maybe. That's not a lie, then. The sourcing percentage. Just misleading.
And Senator Lieberman said it was because of, 'the gunshow loophole where gun dealers are selling guns without a background check, so that loophole legislation needs to be looked at again.'
It is already illegal, Senator, for a Gun Dealer to sell guns without a background check of the purchaser. Or do you mean you want to set it so YOU can't give a old gun to your grandson without permission of some gov't bureaucrat? If you MEAN you want to pass a law saying no private sale person to person, ANYWHERE, then come out and say that. Why won't you? Because you know your constituents wouldn't like that. That's a bit too much gov't nose in their personal business.
And there was one more, sorta in our favor, about SWAT abuse where the over zealous cops proned out an innocent family and 'held them with .50 caliber sniper rifles'
While I don't doubt the cops pointed guns at the family, I do doubt they were .50s. Not the first choice of dynamic entry teams terrorizing a family in their own yard. Probably just abusive use of 9mm MP5s or some iteration of .223 AR types. Maybe a bolt action .308. Cops just don't engage at ranges that make the use of 2000 yard .50 caliber Barrett jobs. A bunch of cops with .22LR pointed at you while you are cuffed is intimidating enough, though.
Stop lying to us, gun banners. Stop pretending to be journalists and actually fact check stuff if you do. Stop inventing horror stories, or, if you do, at least make them something a bit less easy for a slow-head like ME to debunk.