- The Washington Times - Friday, April 24, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In the editorial “Obama’s gun lies” (Web, Editorial, Monday), you noted that President Obama was “lying through his teeth” when he said that the United States was the source of most guns used in the Mexican drug wars. The editorial, which focused on correcting Mr. Obama’s assertion that “90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States,” totally missed the point of the president’s speech. It just relied on selective fact-checking to support its pro-gun opinion.

In Mexico, a permit is required to buy a gun, and civilians cannot own a gun larger than a .22 caliber. The Mexican drug lords are terrorizing neighborhoods not with small guns, but with more powerful weapons like .50 caliber rifles. These are strictly prohibited in Mexico, but they can be purchased easily across the border - in California and Texas.

Is there a way to verify that 90 percent of guns recovered in Mexico originated in the United States? Probably not. But the fact of the matter is that most of the deadly weapons that threaten the security of Mexico and American border towns are acquired in the United States. This is not something we can blame on the Mexican government. Nor is it something we can afford to ignore.

ROELA SANTOS

Arlington

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