I have been behind in nearly every aspect of normalcy as of late with all of the rush to plant and vacation and equipment malf's at work. So, I am just now beginning to get on periodicals that have been lying about for awhile. Having said that, I began reading the June 2009 edition of the American Legion magazine last night and got as far as the middle.
There is a story titled "The WAR Next Door" written by Jay Stuller appearing on pages 24 through 28. In the subsection titled 'Fear, Loathing and a Little Help From Up North.' (p.27), the following quotation is made...
"It's unacceptable to have 90 percent of the guns that are picked up in Mexico and are used to shoot judges, police officers, mayors, kidnap innocent people and do terrible things come from the United States," says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Why... is... this... LIE being repeated? In fact, if this story, talking about the internal strife in Mexico and its possibility for becoming a failed state, were to aim a little closer at the nail head, it may want to talk more about the illicit military arms that are making their way into Mexico and a little less about the illicit civilian arms.
Yes, illicit arms are a real problem in Mexico. Yes, some fraction of them are purchased by "straw buyers" in the US and moved across the border. If there is an outcry for all of the other sources to quit it (like from the US .gov to the MX .gov and then toted off to gangland with the deserters), I would surely like to hear it. As for the illegal transfer of US civilian arms to Mexico... build that fence, man that fence, arm that fence and outfit that fence with enhanced tunnel locating hardware.
As for this sort of thing showing up in the American Legion magazine... unconscionable is the only word that I can come up with.