Thursday, April 30, 2009

"Loner" shoots 13 dead at Azerbaijan college

By Afet Mehtiyeva
BAKU (Reuters) - Thirteen people were killed at a university in Azerbaijan Thursday when a gunman went from floor to floor firing on teachers and students after the bell rang for morning classes.

The gunman, a Georgian citizen of Azeri origin described as a loner by local media, was among the dead.

Witnesses said the shooting began shortly after classes began at 9.00 a.m. (0400 GMT).

"He climbed from the first floor to the sixth, shooting people mainly in the head from a Makarov pistol," the state prosecutor's office said. The Makarov is a Russian-made semi-automatic pistol.
Thirteen people were killed and 13 wounded. Blood stained the steps to the university and staff and paramedics carried out bodies in bags.

A witness said one student had tried to stop the gunman, approaching him and shouting: "Don't shoot, don't shoot!" He was shot in the head.

The gunman killed a security guard and a cleaner as he entered the building, before opening fire on students and teachers, Azeri ANS television reported.

Police found three ammunition belts and 71 bullets on the body of the gunman, reported to be 29 years old. Officials could not confirm how he died, but Azeri media reported he shot himself in the head.

A senior aide to Aliyev said the motive did not appear to be political, Azeri Trend news agency reported. "Such incidents happen in many countries," Ali Hasanov said.

Novosti-Azerbaijan agency said the man had gone to Baku looking for work, having recently left his family in Russia to return to Azerbaijan. They described him as a loner who had fallen out with his father.


Gunman Opens Fire in Rotterdam Cafe

A gunman has opened fire in a busy cafe in Holland, killing one person and injuring three others, police have said.

The man attacked customers in the premises and then ran outside where he shot at bystanders on the street.

A police spokesman said people outside the cafe wrestled the gunman to the ground and held him until officers arrived.

The motive for the shooting, which happened in the early hours in Rotterdam, is not yet known.
But it may have begun with an argument in the cafe, where a talent contest was taking place.
One person was wounded inside the premises and three people were hit on the street, one fatally, the police spokesman said.

Officers said the man was a 46-year-old resident of the city but gave no further details.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Americans Support Second Amendment

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 3 out of every 4 Americans believe the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment protects their individual right to own firearms.

A sample of 1,000 American adults were asked, "Does the U.S. Constitution guarantee the right of an average citizen to own a gun?"

75% answered yes.

14% answered no.

11% were unsure.

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More Examples of Armed Homeowner Confrontations

In regards to Sunday's post (below) on what to do when confronting a bad guy in your house when you are armed, here's some additional examples of what can happen. My contention is that you are placing yourself at a huge tactical disadvantage if you try to disarm or detain a bad guy. In reality, you are going to have very little control of an intruder, even if you hold them at gun point.

In Sunday's post, I gave some examples of things that can (and have) happened when a homeowner confronts the bad guy. After a very quick and informal look, I found some additional real-life examples. All of these happened during the months of January and February of this year in the U.S.

Case 1 – Homeowner and wife are awakened by their barking dogs in the middle of the night. An intruder has gained entry through the home's sliding glass doors. Homeowner arms himself with a .38 caliber revolver and stays in his bedroom with his wife. A masked intruder began to enter the bedroom and, almost simultaneously, homeowner and intruder exchange shots. Intruder hit, homeowner not hit.

Case 2 – Homeowner pulls into his driveway and witnesses a burglar is carrying homeowner's possessions out the back door. Homeowner challenges bad guy. Bad guy draws a knife and slashes the homeowner. A wrestling match ensues which ends up in the homeowner's swimming pool (this is in February b-r-r-r-r). Homeowner manages to get out of the pool and retrieve a rifle (the account does not detail from where) and holds the burglar at gunpoint until police arrive.

Case 3 – A woman and her children are in their apartment when a man breaks in. She takes her children and retreats to the bedroom, locks the door behind her and retrieves a handgun. When the intruder tries to get into the bedroom, she fires one shot. Intruder is found suffering from a gunshot wound outside the apartment complex by police.

Case 4 – Homeowner comes home and finds a burglar carrying homeowner's possessions (similar to Case 2). Homeowner reaches into his pickup truck and retrieves a .22 caliber rifle and challenges to burglar to put the stolen goods down. Burglar panics, runs back into the house where he slips on the linoleum tile and falls. This allows the homeowner to hold the bad guy at gunpoint until police arrive.

Case 5 – Homeowner is awakened in the middle of the night by a noise downstairs. He retrieves his semi-automatic handgun from his bedside nightstand. He goes downstairs to investigate and finds himself in a confrontation with 3 intruders. The homeowner fires "several" shots causing the bad guys to flee the house. Later it is determined that one of the intruders was hit.

Five different cases. Because we were looking for information on confronting a bad guy in your home while you are armed, by definition they have many similarities. But what is striking to me is the crazy kinds of situations that can unfold. A wrestling match that ends up in a swimming pool? A guy slipping and falling the tile floor? In 2 of these cases no shots are fired and the bad guy complies with the homeowner's demands. Note that both of these scenarios (Case 2 and Case 4) involve a strict "burglar" who is robbing an unoccupied home. When confronted, they complied. However, the "intruders" who invade an occupied home (Cases 1, 3, and 5) have a different mind set, a more predatory mind set. In these cases, it appears that they pressed the confrontation with the homeowners. Don't assume that someone who has the mind set to break into your home when you are home will be deterred by threats alone. You must be prepared to access different levels of force options to protect yourself and your family.

The case that is most like the course of action recommended in Sunday's post is Case 1. The homeowner did not give up his strong tactical position (he stayed in his bedroom). This allowed him to control the doorway (a fatal funnel) and to shield and protect his wife. Presumably they had access to a phone while defending the bedroom and were calling 911.

Remember, our strategy is to gain and maintain a position of tactical dominance.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Man, 84, fights off carjackers with groin kick

Apr. 26, 2009 02:26 PM Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. – An 84-year-old man has a black eye, but he still has his car, after fighting off two would-be carjackers. Ted Mazetier said he stopped Wednesday night to help two men with a disabled car when one punched him in the face and demanded his keys. Mazetier said he kicked the man in the groin and the other in the belly. The two men fled as a passer-by stopped to help.
Police later arrested two suspects for investigation of assault. Mazetier said he'll think twice before stopping again to help someone on the street. He'll be 85 in June.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

He's in My Home, How do I Safely Disarm Him?

Q: I now have a handgun for home protection.  (Been burglarized twice).


What I would like to know is if I come upon someone in my home, I have my gun on him/her, announce myself and for them to freeze, how then do I disarm and detain them SAFELY while my heart is racing a mile a minute?

A: To make sure I get your scenario, you say "come upon someone in my home".  That could be because you've come home from being gone or you either intentionally or unintentionally encountered them while you were in your home.

Here's your main principle to follow: You should seek to gain and maintain a position of tactical dominance.

I don't see my immediate objective as "disarming" or "detaining" anyone.  You and I are not going to act as a cop here.  I'm more interested in controlling my space and my environment to keep the bad guy from hurting or killing me or my family.

If I'm coming home, I might feel that backing out of the house while covering him is my best choice.  If I'm already home, I'm going to cover the area that has my family or move to get my family into an area behind me while I cover the approach.

It's important to note here that in most -- if not all -- states you cannot use deadly force (shoot someone) to protect property (with the exception of someone preparing to burn an occupied building).  You can threaten to use deadly force, but you cannot actually use it.  "But, Brad, he's in my house! Can't I legally shoot him?"  That's a complicated question and the answer is "it depends".  Most of the time the answer is actually no (you can see some additional thoughts here at

Figure out where your safest and tactically sound areas of your house are.  In the story linked to above, I intend to control a hallway or staircase for my position of tactical dominance.

You are right, your heart will be RACING!  As your heart rate increases, your fine motor skills diminish, you get tunnel vision and audio exclusion.  Force yourself to take deep breaths, get oxygen to your brain and calm down.  Breathe. Keep your finger off the trigger and straight along the frame until you need to come up on target and engage. Breathe some more.

Now that you and your family are in a controlled area call for backup.  Just like a cop would, you want the good guys coming to help you.  Call 911 and tell them your situation.  Tell the dispatcher you are the homeowner and you are armed and describe what you are wearing.  

Now you can announce your presence and make your demands on the intruder. Take a deep breath and announce with command authority, "STOP!  DO NOT MOVE!  IF YOU MOVE YOU WILL BE SHOT!  I'VE CALLED 911 AND THE POLICE ARE ON THEIR WAY.  SLOWLY TURN AROUND AWAY FROM ME AND GET ON THE FLOOR!  

Do not try and impersonate a police officer by saying "FREEZE! POLICE!"  Or try and be cute and say what you really said was, "FREEZE, PUL-EEZE!" (Don't laugh, I've seen an instructor advocate this).  Resist the strong temptation to yell, "SHOW ME YOUR HANDS".  I've seen countless students doing in role playing.  You are at a disadvantage in reaction time if he produces a firearm.  You've commanded him to move his hands, you are expecting him to move his hands and when he does, you will be behind the curve to react if he has a gun in his hands.

After you've verbally challenged the intruder a million variables can happen.  The bad guy can turn and run out the door.  He can yell back at you, "I've got a gun too". He can knock himself out trying to run out a closed sliding glass door.  He can fire a shot in your direction.  He can ignore you. Or he could actually comply with your commands.  All of these things have happened in real situations. 

That's why you want to already have a position that you can control, because you really don't have any control over him at all.  Best case, he turns and runs out of the house.  Worst case, he charges you or challenges you by walking your way.  It seems reasonable to assume that someone who has invaded your house and knows you are armed most likely wishes ill intent on you if they confront or charge you.  You need to make the decision now if you can or cannot actually use deadly force against someone like that.

In either case, do not voluntarily give up your superior position unless you are forced to.  Defending is easier than attacking.  Use your cover to protect you.  Whether the bad guy leaves or forces you to defend yourself, do not come out from your cover until the cops arrive.  Do not feel that you need to rush out and somehow detain the bad guy. What are you going to do?  Tie him up with your belt?  Wrestle him in your jammies? Keep the distance that the handgun provides you as you wait for the cops. 

Wait for the responding officers to announce their presence.  Yell back where you are and lay down your handgun. Don't be surprised if you are taken to the floor by the cops, frisked and handcuffed.  Hey, they are as jacked up as you are with the prospect of gunplay in an unfamiliar house and they don't know if you really are the good guy.  Don't take it personally.

If you are serious about this scenario then I need to advise you to get a flashlight.  Either a handheld light or a weapon-mounted light.  One of the four basic rules of firearms safety relates to being able to identify your target and it will certainly be one of the things you'll be asked about at your trial if you have to shoot the guy.  I'm talking about a white light, not a laser sight.  You must be able to SEE your target so you can identify that it is truly a bad guy and not your teenaged son or knuckleheaded brother-in-law.  While a laser sight might be able to help you shoot more accurately in the dark, it does nothing to help you see what you are shooting.  You might change your mind about shooting the intruder if you see that it's really the 13-year old kid that lives down the street and he's trying to steal your XBox 360. Or, as noted in the item above, if the "intruder" actually is a confused old-man who wandered into your house through the open garage door that you forgot to close.

You don't mention what type of handgun you have, but it needs to be in good working order and maintained for reliability.  Also, use factory ammo, not some sort of reload or handload.  Also, keep your magazines full, minus one round.

As you can tell, this scenario holds countless variables, is extremely complicated and has no simple answer.  Best advice, get firearms training related to this topic and also contact an attorney who is knowledgeable about the use of force in your state.

Keep training and stay safe.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Self-Defense Sense Named to Top 50 Blog List

This blog has been named one of the Top 50 Self-Defense Blogs on the Web by

The organization picked Self-Defense Sense to be:


"...what we consider to be the 50 best websites, arranged by category, dedicated to teaching and applying various self defense techniques, as well as information on preventing crime through awareness and knowledge."

Thanks for the vote of confidence from the CSI types!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Can Americans Cope?

So, how will we react to an economic or social collapse?

Consider this:

In 1977 New York City suffered a power failure for one night. Over 3,000 arrests were made for looting, 400 policemen were injured, 500 fires were started, more than 25,000 emergency calls were placed and four times the usual number of hospital emergency cases were admitted -- all following one lightning strike.

I haven't taken the time to document this information, but I don't think it's way out of line with what I've heard before.

Consider the Rodney King riots in L.A. I remember being in London at the time watching on TV with disbelief at what I was seeing -- an orgy of looting, burning and crime. Grocery store owners posted on the roofs of their businesses with rifles? (Not surprisingly, these stores didn't suffer the damage that other stores did...) The breathless anchors were describing spontaneous outbreaks of violence in several other cities as well.

However, later discussions with my L.A. friends revealed that the violence was highly localized and the city continued to operate as normal or as normal as can be considered when there is a riot going on for a couple of days just south of downtown.

But, it is a legitimate question to ask yourself: Given what my experience has been in the past, can I expect current social conventions to protect me and my family if there is some spasm in our system?


Fear Driving Gun and Ammo Sales?

The earlier post on the surge of gun and ammunition sales came from a story covered by the Wall Street Journal which indicated that some purchases see the increase in prices as sort of an "investment" that could possibly bring a return better than they can get at the local bank with your typical Certificate of Deposit.

That might be true in the upper stratosphere of income earners that are the WSJ readers, but my own experience tends to indicate there is a level of fear among Americans that I have not seen in many, many years.

I've never had more people ask me how to buy a firearm, which is the "best" firearm to buy and if I could recommend where to buy one. Frankly, I've been somewhat surprised by some requests because they have come from people who previously had no interested in firearms or were even opposed to owning one.

These are not people who are looking for a return on their investment. These are people who are reacting to some very strong fears:

  1. The fear of the Obama administration's probable move to enact draconion gun control laws;
  2. The fear of rising street crime;
  3. The fear of economic and social collapse.

Obviously, there is a LOT of hording going on. It will be interesing to see if and when the panic buying subsides.

However, having said that, are you in a position now to be able to provide security for your self and loved ones if any of the above scenarios unfolds?

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bring the Others Back

"Out of every 100 men, ten shouldn't even be there, Eighty are just targets, Nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back."

Hericletus, circa 500 BC

Train as if your family members will depend on you to bring them back.
Train as if your team mates will depend on you bring them back.
Train as if your life depends on it.

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Gun and Ammo Sales Surge

This news item is no surprise if you've been anywhere looking to purchase ammo lately.

According to today's Wall Street Journal:

"Purchases of guns and ammunition are surging across the country. Nearly four million background checks -- a key measure of sales because they are required at the purchase of a gun from a federally licensed seller -- were performed in the first three months of 2009. That is a 27% increase over the same period a year earlier, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation."

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Bully's Choice Threat

This Easter's rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips by Navy SEALs prompted a response from the pirates -- "Now we are really mad and are going to have to hurt you."

I'm paraphrasing here, but the immediate response was a threat of escalated violence against us for having dared to break up the pirates' commercial venture.

It struck me as the same kind of threat you hear from the bad guy that you just took down -- "you'd better let me up or I'll kick your a**".

Obviously, you don't let him back up. And when you finally hand him off to local law enforcement personnel or put yourself in a position to be able to escape without being harmed, you don't let your guard down.

Yes, there is a good chance that the bad guy will retaliate. That is a very real consequense of defending yourself. There are some gangs that feel they can never endure an insult without retaliation.

But there is also a good chance that you won't face any real retaliation either. In my experience, the retaliation I've endured was never the face-to-face kind. It involved either implied threats from a distance that they would "get" me or it involved minor vandalism to my house.

Discussions with others that have gone through this seems to indicate that the bad guy's interest in retaliating falls off in direct proportion to the certainty that you will defend yourself. In other words, if its clear that you will stand up to them, the situation tends to diminish.

It doesn't mean they won't posture or even throw the odd rock through your window. Stay vigilant and don't let your guard down. Get help from the local authorities. Let your neighbors know what's going on. Find out who the bad guys are.

If it's not easy to intimidate you and their antics can potentially cost them more than the fun they get from hassling you, then they tend to take their aggression somewhere else.

Sounds a bit like what our fathers told us about standing up to the school yard bully.

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Does Down Economy Increase Crime?

Article here from the Wall Street Journal questioning whether a perceived rise in crime is a result of a faltering economy.

The general take:

"By and large, the studies show that lousy job markets -- particularly for young or unskilled men -- are linked to more thefts. But the connection isn't so plain with violent crimes like murder and rape. That bolsters the theory of a more rational criminal: When the economy flags, people inclined to crime opt for dishonest income; they don't start shooting people."

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

San Francisco Women Against Rape Walk

SFWAR (San Francisco Women Against Rape) is organizing its fourth annual event Walk Against Rape on April 25th, 2009. This event is an effort to raise awareness against sexual assault. Walk Against Rape is a collective stride of all individuals as well as communities, who will come together to walk a distance of 3.1 miles, to mark their solidarity in the fight against rape. This rally, which will also recognize the month of April as the Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will start at 10 AM from Justin Herman Plaza and end at Mission Dolores Park.

For 35 years, SFWAR has been providing healing support to sexual violence survivors. Our mission is to provide resources, support, advocacy and education to strengthen the work of all individuals and communities in San Francisco that are struggling relentlessly to end sexual violence. By way of free counseling, free workshops, and a 24 hour hotline, SFWAR is working continuously towards making a safer social environment for all of us to live in.

For more info, contact:


Thursday, April 02, 2009

Changing Pattern of Attacks Dictate Change in Your Self-Defense

It looks like there is a lot of evidence coming in from both the U.S. and the UK that you are increasingly at risk of being attacked by multiple opponents.

I'm pulling in some numbers from the UK which is showing a definite trend that is disturbing -- it is likely that you could be attacked by a number of bad guys.

More info to come.

U.S.-Mexico Gun "Fact" Wrong

The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S.

While 90 percent of the guns traced to the U.S. actually originated in the United States, the percent traced to the U.S. is only about 17 percent of the total number of guns reaching Mexico.

By William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott
Thursday, April 02, 2009

You've heard this shocking "fact" before -- on TV and radio, in newspapers, on the Internet and from the highest politicians in the land: 90 percent of the weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the United States.
-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it to reporters on a flight to Mexico City.
-- CBS newsman Bob Schieffer referred to it while interviewing President Obama.
-- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Senate hearing: "It is unacceptable to have 90 percent of the guns that are picked up in Mexico and used to shoot judges, police officers and mayors ... come from the United States."
-- William Hoover, assistant director for field operations at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified in the House of Representatives that "there is more than enough evidence to indicate that over 90 percent of the firearms that have either been recovered in, or interdicted in transport to Mexico, originated from various sources within the United States."
There's just one problem with the 90 percent "statistic" and it's a big one:
It's just not true.
In fact, it's not even close. By all accounts, it's probably around 17 percent.
What's true, an ATF spokeswoman told, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency's assistant director, "is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S."
But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.
"Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market," Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.

A Look at the Numbers
In 2007-2008, according to ATF Special Agent William Newell, Mexico submitted 11,000 guns to the ATF for tracing. Close to 6,000 were successfully traced -- and of those, 90 percent -- 5,114 to be exact, according to testimony in Congress by William Hoover -- were found to have come from the U.S.
But in those same two years, according to the Mexican government, 29,000 guns were recovered at crime scenes.
In other words, 68 percent of the guns that were recovered were never submitted for tracing. And when you weed out the roughly 6,000 guns that could not be traced from the remaining 32 percent, it means 83 percent of the guns found at crime scenes in Mexico could not be traced to the U.S.
So, if not from the U.S., where do they come from? There are a variety of sources:
-- The Black Market. Mexico is a virtual arms bazaar, with fragmentation grenades from South Korea, AK-47s from China, and shoulder-fired rocket launchers from Spain, Israel and former Soviet bloc manufacturers.
-- Russian crime organizations. Interpol says Russian Mafia groups such as Poldolskaya and Moscow-based Solntsevskaya are actively trafficking drugs and arms in Mexico.
- South America. During the late 1990s, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) established a clandestine arms smuggling and drug trafficking partnership with the Tijuana cartel, according to the Federal Research Division report from the Library of Congress.
-- Asia. According to a 2006 Amnesty International Report, China has provided arms to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Chinese assault weapons and Korean explosives have been recovered in Mexico.
-- The Mexican Army. More than 150,000 soldiers deserted in the last six years, according to Mexican Congressman Robert Badillo. Many took their weapons with them, including the standard issue M-16 assault rifle made in Belgium.
-- Guatemala. U.S. intelligence agencies say traffickers move immigrants, stolen cars, guns and drugs, including most of America's cocaine, along the porous Mexican-Guatemalan border. On March 27, La Hora, a Guatemalan newspaper, reported that police seized 500 grenades and a load of AK-47s on the border. Police say the cache was transported by a Mexican drug cartel operating out of Ixcan, a border town.
'These Don't Come From El Paso'
Ed Head, a firearms instructor in Arizona who spent 24 years with the U.S. Border Patrol, recently displayed an array of weapons considered "assault rifles" that are similar to those recovered in Mexico, but are unavailable for sale in the U.S.
"These kinds of guns -- the auto versions of these guns -- they are not coming from El Paso," he said. "They are coming from other sources. They are brought in from Guatemala. They are brought in from places like China. They are being diverted from the military. But you don't get these guns from the U.S."
Some guns, he said, "are legitimately shipped to the government of Mexico, by Colt, for example, in the United States. They are approved by the U.S. government for use by the Mexican military service. The guns end up in Mexico that way -- the fully auto versions -- they are not smuggled in across the river."
Many of the fully automatic weapons that have been seized in Mexico cannot be found in the U.S., but they are not uncommon in the Third World.
The Mexican government said it has seized 2,239 grenades in the last two years -- but those grenades and the rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) are unavailable in U.S. gun shops. The ones used in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey in October and a TV station in January were made in South Korea. Almost 70 similar grenades were seized in February in the bottom of a truck entering Mexico from Guatemala.
"Most of these weapons are being smuggled from Central American countries or by sea, eluding U.S. and Mexican monitors who are focused on the smuggling of semi-automatic and conventional weapons purchased from dealers in the U.S. border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California," according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
Boatloads of Weapons
So why would the Mexican drug cartels, which last year grossed between $17 billion and $38 billion, bother buying single-shot rifles, and force thousands of unknown "straw" buyers in the U.S. through a government background check, when they can buy boatloads of fully automatic M-16s and assault rifles from China, Israel or South Africa?
Alberto Islas, a security consultant who advises the Mexican government, says the drug cartels are using the Guatemalan border to move black market weapons. Some are left over from the Central American wars the United States helped fight; others, like the grenades and launchers, are South Korean, Israeli and Spanish. Some were legally supplied to the Mexican government; others were sold by corrupt military officers or officials.
The exaggeration of United States "responsibility" for the lawlessness in Mexico extends even beyond the "90-percent" falsehood -- and some Second Amendment activists believe it's designed to promote more restrictive gun-control laws in the U.S.
In a remarkable claim, Auturo Sarukhan, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., said Mexico seizes 2,000 guns a day from the United States -- 730,000 a year. That's a far cry from the official statistic from the Mexican attorney general's office, which says Mexico seized 29,000 weapons in all of 2007 and 2008.
Chris Cox, spokesman for the National Rifle Association, blames the media and anti-gun politicians in the U.S. for misrepresenting where Mexican weapons come from.
"Reporter after politician after news anchor just disregards the truth on this," Cox said. "The numbers are intentionally used to weaken the Second Amendment."
"The predominant source of guns in Mexico is Central and South America. You also have Russian, Chinese and Israeli guns. It's estimated that over 100,000 soldiers deserted the army to work for the drug cartels, and that ignores all the police. How many of them took their weapons with them?"
But Tom Diaz, senior policy analyst at the Violence Policy Center, called the "90 percent" issue a red herring and said that it should not detract from the effort to stop gun trafficking into Mexico.
"Let's do what we can with what we know," he said. "We know that one hell of a lot of firearms come from the United States because our gun market is wide open."