No one in this country knows better than New Yorkers what "devastation" looks like. On September 11, 2001, the
Presumably, New Yorkers are well aware of the relative safety in which they live today. However, the current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has a skewed perspective even though the September 11 anniversary is front and center in every news outlet today due to other controversies.
With New York City's and the nation's murder rates lower than anytime since the 1960s, Bloomberg sounded the alarm, saying "Illegal guns and their accompanying violence devastate communities across our country."
Bloomberg revisited his perennial cause célèbre —gun control—because his anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), has issued an Issue Brief urging Congress to "close the gun show loophole"—gun control supporters' Orwellian "doublespeak" for "prohibit private sales of firearms at gun shows and everywhere else."
Since U.S. crime rates are so low, MAIG invoked Mexico's war with its drug cartels, repeating the soundbite first heard in 2009, when Attorney General Eric Holder tried to use Mexico's problem as the excuse for reinstating the federal "assault weapons" ban. "In fact, 90% of guns recovered and traced from Mexican crime scenes originated from gun dealers in the
Discovering that geography is more than a subject taught in elementary and middle schools, MAIG adds its revelation that "four in ten of the U.S. guns recovered in Mexico between 2006 and 2009 were originally sold by gun dealers in Texas. The three other states that share a border with
Of course, the operative words in the "90 percent" soundbite are "and traced." The GAO has already reported that most guns seized in
For all their effort, Bloomberg and MAIG got scant coverage by the news media. But the debate will likely continue over how many guns are smuggled from the U.S. to Mexico, what percentage of the cartels' guns originate in the U.S., and from which countries the cartels obtain their machine guns, grenades and other weapons that are unavailable in the United States.
One thing is sure, however: Americans have greater access to