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PROJECT GUNRUNNER

EMPORIUM
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What is so bizarre about this is the confluence of news articles
between coverage of Bout and the 90 percent myth. The same Washington
Post that has parroted the gun store-to-cartel lie has given remarkable,
though scant, coverage to the Bout arrest and extradition, referring to him
as the "FedEx of arms dealers." The Post repeated the DEA concerns that
"FARC would use the weapons to protect its cocaine business."
Look at it this way: The Washington Post and The New York Times don't
buy their newsprint from local stationery stores, so why do they keep
telling the American people that multi-billionaire Mexican drug cartel
bosses obtain firearms from retail gun dealers? It's like suggesting that
Citibank uses payday-check-cashing windows at corner liquor stores as
its primary source of cash.
Nobody has shone the light of truth on this more succinctly than NRA
Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre did in his February 2011 "Standing
Guard" column:
"Imagine the head of the Sonora cartel-riding in his multi-million dollar
bomb-proof armored Humvee-fresh from inspecting a DC-10 loaded with
eight tons of cocaine. He turns to his drug smuggling logistics expert and
says, 'I want you to go to Bob's Bait and Sporting Goods in Pima, Ariz., and
obtain for me a TEC-9. I understand Bob is lax with his federal paperwork.'"

The End Game
The government's whole thesis is not only phony, it's goofy.
Why can't most of the media connect even the obvious dots between
big illegal drugs and big illegal guns?
Most likely, it's because they don't want to, since to pursue the obvious
would obscure their manufactured crisis, and their manufactured solution-additional domestic gun control. It is a big government/big media
fantasy. And it goes this way:
If you can convince the American people that gun store sales are fueling the murderous cartels in Mexico, and that the "favorite weapon" of
your run-of-the-mill Mexican mass murderer is available to law-abiding
Americans at those retailers, then you can claim that peaceable Americans should not be able to buy those kinds of firearms. The logic? We sacrifice our freedom to force Mexican criminals to stop murdering people
in their country and selling drugs in ours.
In the long, sordid history of gun control, there is an eternal verity: For
every manufactured action, there is always a manufactured solution.
Remember "Saturday Night Specials"-those little, dangerous,
self-destructing, poor-quality, foreign-made, easily obtainable, easily
hidden guns that criminals preferred in the 1970s? They were purely
a creation of the BATFE. The same goes for "assault weapons." Or the
"gun show loophole."
In the end, if you want logic, consider an inescapable truth.
What all of this is about is what gun control is always about-
money and power to those in government who would disarm
individual Americans.
As NRA's LaPierre has long said, "It's all about making the innocent pay
the price for the guilty."
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