Wash. Times tears into 90% figure
"Of the ones sent here to be traced, 90 percent turn out to be from America, but most guns recovered in Mexico are not sent here so are not included in the count. Fox News reported that 17 percent is a more accurate number.
Democrats aren't alone in repeating phony gun statistics. The New York Times, CNN and numerous networks continue to repeat the 90 percent figure with no reporting to back it up. The hysteria is used to create the notion that a major problem exists with American guns - and Mr. Obama is anxious to step in to solve that problem with a $400 million program to stop U.S. guns from going to Mexico."
UPDATE: Here's more from the WT.
And then we can have some more "reasonable" restrictions on firearms, like no calibers over .17, magazine capacities of 1, projectiles limited to a composition of 1 part sucrose to 2 parts lard.
Tiochfaidh ar la!
Posted by: fwb at April 20, 2009 10:53 AM
Query from us non-lawyers in the peanut gallery:
My understanding is that this incorporation is limited to the 9th circuit, and to get wider incorporation, we'll either have to get rulings circuit by circuit, or from SCOTUS?
Posted by: geekWithA.45 at April 20, 2009 12:09 PM
I contacted National Public Radio last week about their use and repeating of the 90% lie and later the same day they retracted/admitted that the numbers were unverifiable. They specifically said that "at least one listener" had contacted them about the Fox News story and I'm claiming credit as that listener! I wrote the details here- http://wasted_electrons.blogspot.com/2009/04/fwd-message-5607-8545217-please.html
Posted by: NatefromOgden at April 20, 2009 09:01 PM