USA –-(Ammoland.com)- “Mexico Sends Message to the United States: No More Weapons!” Lisa Haugaard wrote yesterday in The Huffington Post.
She’s referring to a “No More Weapons” sign made out of crushed confiscated guns, unveiled at the border near El Paso last week, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon “called on Americans to support a law that would ban sales of high-powered weapons.”
Calderon was once again urging reenactment of the 1994 federal ban on so-called “assault weapons,” that is, semiautomatic firearms. Yet in spite of that we find:
Shortly before Calderon's speech in Mexico's most violent city, military authorities destroyed thousands of weapons – including dozens of grenades and rocket launchers – seized from drug traffickers in Mexico during 2011.
These, of course, are hardly semiautomatic firearms.
The Associated Press, which doesn’t think the Fast and Furious story merits much notice at all, was quick to join in the intentional conflation in its “straight news” reporting via CBS Houston:
Before unveiling the billboard, Calderon supervised the destruction of more than 7,500 automatic rifles and handguns at a military base in Ciudad Juarez.
“Automatic.” That’s not something you just go into a gun store and buy. Federal law requires additional controls, including a drawn-out government evaluation/approval process, registration and a transfer tax.
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