Today, via Twitter:
@RepHartzler Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Confirmation today: US govn. used $1.25 million of our dollars to assist in the illegal sale of guns for drug cartels in Mexico! Lunacy! 9 hours ago
So, does this mean Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) wants to crack down on guns getting to Mexico?
U.S. gun dealers arming Mexican drug cartels
By James C. McKinley Jr.
Published: Sunday, December 6, 2009
….The Mexican authorities say they seized 20,000 weapons from drug gangs in 2008, the majority bought in the United States.
The authorities in the United States say they do not know how many firearms are transported across the border each year, in part because the federal government does not track gun sales and traces only weapons used in crimes. But ATF officials estimate that 90 percent of the weapons recovered in Mexico came from dealers north of the border.
In 2007, the firearms agency traced 2,400 weapons seized in Mexico back to dealers in the United States, and 1,800 of those came from dealers operating in the four states along the border, with Texas first, followed by California, Arizona and New Mexico….
As Mexico drug violence runs rampant, U.S. guns tied to crime south of border
By James V. Grimaldi and Sari Horwitz
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, December 15, 2010; 1:14 PM
….As an unprecedented number of American guns flows to the murderous drug cartels across the border, the identities of U.S. dealers that sell guns seized at Mexican crime scenes remain confidential under a law passed by Congress in 2003….
Interesting. Does anyone think Representative Hartzler (r) will sponsor legislation to reveal that information to the public? Probably not.