Forget what Lou Dobbs, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and U.S. Sen. John McCain are saying about the dangers coming into this nation from Mexico. A recent study suggests it's Mexicans who should be irate about the United States.
Police reports have already shown that crime is actually down in many towns along the U.S.-Mexico border, despite the fear-mongering tactics used by politicians who want to crack down on illegal immigration. And even Brewer was forced to admit earlier this month that no decapitated bodies have been found by U.S. law enforcement personnel, as she previously claimed.
A new report indicates the United State is fueling an explosion of crime in Mexico, not vice-versa. Three out of four recovered guns used in crimes committed in Mexico can be traced to gun stores in the U.S.
A report released last week by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan group with more than 500 members, reveals that Southwest border states supplied a disproportionate number of crime guns to Mexico from 2006 to 2009. The report analyzes new data made available by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Of the guns recovered from Mexican crime scenes and submitted for tracing by ATF between 2006 and 2009, four in ten of those weapons originally were sold in Texas, the report stated. The three other border states – Arizona, California, and New Mexico – were the source for another third of those guns.
When controlling for state population, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas each have export rates 169 percent greater than any other state and at a rate three times as high as the fourth border state, California. Relatively lax gun laws in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas may contribute to that disparity, according to the organization.