Wednesday, December 15, 2010

More on Our Gun Fetish and Consequences South of the Border

Yesterday I cited some statistics concerning the enormous number of U.S. guns on the streets of Mexico. Today Talking Points Memo wrote about the issue and included linked to a Washington Post story on the issue as well. Here is TPM,

...agents working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) developed a plan they thought would combat the smuggling of domestically purchased AK-47s and AR-15s to Mexico, where those weapons are fueling a violent drug war south of the border.
Despite their efforts to keep under wraps the plan to require gun dealers to report sales of multiple rifles and shotguns to ATF, the NRA caught wind of it and issued a dire warning to NRA members, the newspaper reported. The plan is gaining traction at DOJ, but sources told the Post they fear the NRA will rally its forces to kill the plan if it becomes public.

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