By David Codrea
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.
As has been demonstrated countless times in the past in this column and elsewhere, sowing intentional confusion by “Authorized Journalists” is part of an anti-gun strategy articulated decades back by the extremist Violence Policy Center gun ban group:
The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons–anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun–can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.
Read the rest of David’s article here.