In a story entitled “The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S.” Fox reporters William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott found that the 90% number far overstates the number of U.S. origin guns that are in the hands of the cartels. In fact, the story reports that the number is actually closer to 17%.
NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, quoted in the story said “Reporter after politician after news anchor just disregards the truth on this. The numbers are intentionally used to weaken the Second Amendment.”
The story also details the other sources for weapons used by the cartels, including firearms from Russia, South America, Asia and even the Mexican Army.
Unsurprisingly, when contacted for comment, radical anti-gun activist Tom Diaz of the Violence Policy Center called the issue a “red herring.” Ignoring the reality exposed by the Fox News story, Diaz remained adamant that U.S. gun laws are to blame, claiming, “We know that one hell of a lot of firearms come from the United States because our gun market is wide open.”