State Department and guns to Mexico
Kurt Hoffman blogs the latest CBS revelation, the State Department's "direct commercial sales program." It allows foreign government units to order guns (from what I can see, semi-autos) directly from US manufacturers. The authorizations have expanded from 2,476 in 2006 to 18,709 in 2009 (State won't reveal 2010 or 2011 figures). State Department audits found that around 26% of the guns thus shipped quickly wound up in the wrong hands. But it keeps on authorizing them.