The Inconvenient Truth About Mexico’s Murder Rate That Gun-Grabbers Try To Hide

(TeaParty.org) – Another shooting, another resurrection of the endless gun debate in our nation.

The debate rages on because those with the most power over the narrative, i.e., the media and well-funded gun grabbing groups, perpetuate misinformation and downright lies about the nature of gun violence and legal gun ownership in the United States.

So, where do these criminals get their firearms? Well, as one of the top firearms scholars in America likes to point out, it’s certainly not through a legal process.

We have an interesting comparison in our neighbor to the South, Mexico, where murder rates are triple those in the US has a very different situation when it comes to legal gun ownership.

John R. Lott Jr, the president of the Crime Prevention Resource Center, recently came across a fascinating article from the Wall Street Journal that examined Mexico’s gun violence.

Among the horrific statistics on homicide and gun violence in Mexico, Lott found one incredibly striking difference about Mexico as compared to the US:

It should be noted that Wikipedia says Mexicans can own guns other than the .22 caliber, but they are nonetheless highly restricted, and the fact remains that there is only one gun store in the entire nation.

“The only gun shop in all of Mexico is behind a fortress-like wall on a heavily guarded military base,” reporter Kate Linthicum of the Los Angeles Times reported in May.

“To enter the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, customers must undergo months of background checks — six documents are required — and then be frisked by uniformed soldiers.

“The army-run store on the outskirts of Mexico City embodies the country’s cautious approach to firearms, and a visit here illustrates the dramatically different ways two neighboring countries view guns, legally and culturally.”

Linthicum seems to think she knows who is to blame for all the violence:

American firearms are directly driving the violence, although U.S. appetites for drugs and rampant corruption among Mexican officials also play a role,” she wrote.

“About 70% of guns recovered by Mexican law enforcement officials from 2011 to 2016 were originally purchased from legal gun dealers in the United States, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.”

Ah, of course. It’s all the gun-crazed Northerners fault, right?

Not so fast.

What she fails to highlight is that it is illegal weapons from the US that drive Mexico’s high firearm violence rates.

Firearms that are crossing an open border, enforced by massively corrupt local governments and police departments.

And no doubt exchanging hands between Mexican cartels and American criminals.

Neither Mexico nor the US has a “gun problem,” both nations have a law enforcement problem. Here in the US, we’ve had a dangerously open border for decades, and in Mexico, notoriously corrupt police forces and powerful, malicious gangs and cartels run the show.

Take away the guns, and you’d still have violence without proper law enforcement.