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ATF Publishes Misleading Trace Data From Mexico

Wayne0volcano Wrote: Apr 28, 2012 11:06 AM
Chicago style, trim the numbers and cook the books. Does this administration care about the truth or do they make it up as they go along?
Daune Wrote: May 10, 2012 8:57 AM
Sadly it isn't only this administration. Federal agencies have followed this kind of statistical chicanery as long as they have existed. In some cases, like this, it's to fool the public on behalf of the politicians, in many cases it's to fool the politicians in order to get more funding for the agency. Either way - we pay in the end...

Yesterday afternoon, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms released firearms tracing data to the press from Mexico between the years 2007-2011 during a roundtable discussion and presentation given by ATF Special Agent John Hageman. The data was released at ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. Reporters were allowed to bring pen and paper, but were prohibited from bringing computers or recording devices.  When we arrived, despite prohibiting the use of computers, ATF gave us a flashdrive.

“70%”

That’s the percentage of guns traced in Mexico to United States sources or Federal Firearms Licensees [gun...