An investigation by the Examiner reveals that in the current raging controversy over guns in America, the Obama administration and gun control proponents among Congressional Democrats and other gun ban activists have carefully avoided dealing with what is now one of the top driving forces behind gun violence in America -- Mexican drug cartels.
The cartels have gained a foothold in every major city in the United States -- 1,286 cities to be exact. Law enforcement officials across the country confirm that most of the gang violence that occurs in major cities is perpetrated by illegal alien criminals who operate as the foot soldiers on the front lines for the Mexican drug cartels.
A major contributing factor to the heavy influx of cartel members into the United States is the lack of proper border security. In those areas where the double-walled fence lines the southern border, the influx of such criminals has been practically halted. But there are roughly 500 more miles of the border that need the fence.
According to attorney and radio commentator Hugh Hewitt, it is not necessary to put a fence along the entirety of the southern border, a fact that negates the criticism of liberals/progressives that the border is too long to logistically build such a fence. Hewitt states that much of the border contains its own barrier with terrain that is impossible for a person to successfully navigate. These areas do not need a fence given that illegal aliens never cross the border at those points.
With 500 more miles of a border fence, the United States could reduce the number of illegals entering the country by upwards of 80 percent.
As it stands now, the border is practically wide open except for the areas where the fence stands. Mexican drug cartels use the open areas to come into the United States in droves, set up shop in all of the major cities of the nation, and conduct their illegal activity in drug and human trafficking, which leads to violent clashes in the streets.
In September of 2012, the head of the Chicago division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) told the Blaze that Mexican drug cartel street gangs are so deeply embedded in Chicago, for example, that the agency must treat the city as if it is on the southern border. At least three rival cartels are operating in the streets, he said, and much of the blame for the city's horrific gun violence can be traced directly to the illegal Mexican gangs -- a fact that is never reported in the mainstream media or by the Obama administration.
Further, the Department of Justice (DOJ) admitted in a report on Jan. 13, 2013 that Mexican drug cartels are now operating in a whopping 1,286 American cities.
Yet the DOJ is the very agency at the center of the biggest political scandal in U.S. history -- the Fast and Furious scandal during which the Obama administration deliberately placed 2,500 firearms, many of which were military grade, directly into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Although the types of weapons bought by straw purchasers for the ATF were not fully automatic, the cartels did, indeed, get fully automatic firearms, machine guns, grenades, missile launchers, and other military weapons from the State Department under Hillary Clinton.
Many whistleblowers in the DOJ's agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) have insisted from the beginning that not only have the gangs used these guns to murder countless Mexican citizens just across the border, but they are also using the guns to commit crimes in the United States.
Most of the guns sent to the cartels by the Obama administration were never recovered.
These factors have broad implications for the current debate over whether or not to slap law abiding American citizens with restrictive gun control measures. The administration proposes gun bans, universal background checks, and a central database of all gun owners. Yet it did not hesitate to send fully automatic military grade firearms directly to criminals in Mexico. No background checks. No database of who would get the guns. And no restrictions on the types of guns the criminals would receive.
Further, if it is true that much of the so-called "gun crime" in American cities is being perpetrated by illegal alien drug cartel criminals, then it stands to reason that the Obama administration is partly to blame for failing to keep the border secure, and for deliberately arming the drug cartels in the Fast and Furious operation.
It has become quite apparent that the administration, Congressional Democrats, and gun control activists are going after all the wrong people, totally ignoring the key source of violence in U.S. cities.
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