253K U.S. guns cross into Mexico

Smuggling trade valued at $127M a year, study says

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    March 25, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    I find it interesting that the headline seems to blare out that they have hard and fast facts saying the US is responsible for 253k guns in Mexico, but buried in the article is the following:

    “The authors said they had determined the likely traffic to Mexico by a complex statistical formula that measured how close a federally licensed dealer was to the Mexican border, then factored out likely local legal demand, based on population and income.”

    So they don’t really have hard and fast facts, but guestimated based on a complex statistical formula.

    Guestimates do not constitute an "empirically robust" effort.

    Guestimates and complex models were involved in the credit default swaps and mortgage derivatives that helped propel the barney frank induced housing bubble. We are not going rely on those again, are we?

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    March 25, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    If Mexico is responsible for America's "drug" problem,
    then America must be responsible for Mexico's "gun" problem.

  • John A Johanson Murray, UT
    March 25, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    This is just another "crisis" to help the gun-grabbers with thier grand gun plan, I for one am grateful to live in a country (at least for now)that sees gun ownership as a RIGHT not a priviledge, If you can't protect yourself or your loved ones than what good are you!!!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 25, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    How many of these guns were because of fast and furious? Contact Eric Holder, US Justice Dept. for NO answers. Contact Barrack Obama for NO answers and an executive order to cover it all up!