Sunday, April 10, 2011

Can someone please get the text of this story and forward it to me? I continue to have problems accessing Dallas Morning Snooze.


Jason Trahan, ace federal crime reporter for the Dallas morning Snooze. Head rumored to be actual size.

I need to know if this story misses the point as much as the headline suggests it does.

"Traffickers fuel Mexico violence with guns bought legally in U.S." By JASON TRAHAN


LATER: This from his Morning Snooze bio --

Jason Trahan/Reporter

After graduating from UT Austin, Jason worked at an investigative weekly in Beaumont before joining the Morning News' Arlington staff in 1999. There he covered crime, business and schools before moving to the Dallas police beat in 2003. He now covers federal courts and law enforcement.


Probably just trying to appease the federal demi-gods he relies upon for story material. Either that or he's the stupidest, most clueless reporter in Texas not to have heard of the Gunwalker Scandal.

17 comments:

Trey said...

Does it ever miss the point!

I thought I was reading an article from 3 months ago...

Patrice Stanton said...

Not a subscriber so this is all I can get for free:

"Traffickers fuel Mexico violence with guns bought legally in U.S.

By JASON TRAHAN

Published Apr 9, 2011 11:30 PM

Illegal traffickers are using a sophisticated system of “straw buyers” at North Texas gun shows and gun shops to fuel the escalating drug wars in Mexico.

Federal statistics show that about 90 percent of guns seized by Mexican authorities in recent years were initially purchased in the U.S. More than"
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It certainly looks like a case of 'deflecting' considering those 'illegal traffickers' are AGENTS of the US-gov.

Also isn't that "Federal statistic' of 'about 90%' PROVEN false? Kinda like how 'a gun in the home is 2.5 times as likely to kill a family member than a bad guy' got repeated so often IT became 'gospel' as a result?

Patrice S.
Texas

Anonymous said...

Here's the first few sentences, which is all I can get without signing up for their craptacular website. I think it's obvious that they've missed the point though:

"Illegal traffickers are using a sophisticated system of “straw buyers” at North Texas gun shows and gun shops to fuel the escalating drug wars in Mexico. Federal statistics show that about 90 percent of guns seized by Mexican authorities in recent years were initially purchased in the U.S."

Keep up the good work in all that you do.

--JMB III

Spitnyri said...

Couldnt get the text on him but he sure appears to be "in their pocket" so to speak.. gets the skinny on all kinds of fed cases.. only recently started on this almost as if by request.

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/archives/jason-trahan/

Give 'em hell Mike

Anonymous said...

Its worse than it sounds with scant mention of ATF facilitation. More shameful press. Thanks to Sipsey for all you do and keep up the good work!

Michael Gilson said...

Looks like you have to subscribe to get the whole article, but the two teaser sentences they include certainly look even worse than the headline.
"Illegal traffickers are using a sophisticated system of “straw buyers” at North Texas gun shows and gun shops to fuel the escalating drug wars in Mexico.

Federal statistics show that about 90 percent of guns seized by Mexican authorities in recent years were initially purchased in the U.S. More than"

DC Wright said...

Couldn't get the whole story without registering, but the comments were enlightening. A good number took the writer to task for "regurgitating" the same old lies spewed by ATF and the administration. Only a couple defended him...

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U.S. Guns Blamed For Fueling Violence In Mexico
Jason Beaubien - NPR.org
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November 15, 2010


Alleged drug traffickers of the Sinaloa cartel are presented to the press in Mexico City after their arrest earlier this month.
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Many Mexican politicians view the current drug war — which has claimed roughly 30,000 lives over the past four years — as one more curse foisted on Mexico by their rich neighbor to the north.


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In this worldview, the incredibly violent conflict is fueled by U.S. demand for narcotics, fought with weapons from U.S. gun shops, and funded by U.S. cash that flows freely across the border.

At the chamber of the Mexican Senate, Sen. Sebastian Calderon Centeno says the United States hasn't done anything to curb demand for drugs or to diminish the flow of guns into Mexico. He says the drug war is actually increasing weapons trafficking.

The criminals are getting desperate, he says, and are trying to get more and more guns to attack the Mexican government. The senator says most of the guns in the hands of Mexican drug traffickers are bought legally in Texas, Arizona and California. And, he says, the U.S. has little incentive to stop the smuggling.

"This is a growing business in the U.S.," Calderon says. "They are in the gun sales business, and it doesn't benefit them to stop."

Just this week, the Mexican ambassador to Washington again blamed lax American gun laws for fueling the drug conflict in Mexico.

Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan also said the U.S. could do more to limit the sale of weapons that eventually end up in the hands of the cartels.

"The founding fathers didn't draft the Second Amendment to allow international organized crime to A: illicitly buy weapons in gun shops and gun shows; B: illicitly cross them over an international border; and C: sell them to individuals of a country where those calibers or types of weapons are prohibited," Sarukhan said in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

The U.S. needs to be involved in fighting the cartels along with the Mexican authorities, he says. The only way that Mexico has a chance of winning this battle is with sustained efforts from both sides of the border.

"But if we can't fundamentally ... modify the current flow of weapons and bulk cash that are coming from the U.S. into Mexico — and which provide the drug syndicates with their firepower and their ability to corrupt — it will be a very taxing challenge," Sarukhan says.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon also continues to call on the U.S. to crack down on weapons heading south.

There have been recent successes in gun seizures at or near the border. This summer, police in Texas got a tip that two men in a truck were moving a cache of weapons through Laredo. The authorities found 147 assault rifles and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition in the vehicle, which they believe was headed for Mexico.

But the perception here remains that the drug cartels continue to be able to buy weapons unfettered north of the Rio Grande.


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Dedicated_Dad said...

Judging by the first paragraph, I'd have to say this clown is either *THE* most clueless moron on the planet, or a disiformation-agent...


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Traffickers fuel Mexico violence with guns bought legally in U.S.

By JASON TRAHAN

Published Apr 9, 2011 11:30 PM

Illegal traffickers are using a sophisticated system of “straw buyers” at North Texas gun shows and gun shops to fuel the escalating drug wars in Mexico.

Federal statistics show that about 90 percent of guns seized by Mexican authorities in recent years were initially purchased in the U.S. More than..."

then it says "subscriber-only"

HTH...

DD

root@localhost.localdomain said...

I tried signing up to get access, but they want money. I'm not giving them squat. This story appears (from reading the comments) to be the same thing from last year. The claim is that 90% of weapons in Mexico come from the U.S. through "Straw Purchase" at gun shows and dealers. This guy's is a tool, just re-hashing the previously debunked lie.

Anonymous said...

It's too bad that Jason can't be prosecuted for perpetuating falsehoods and actually printing them as newsworthy articles. And then read the comments from clueless idiots!
There is absolutely no way this nation can pull it's head out of it's ass. We live in a nation of idiots who are just getting dumber every generation. Somebody please pull the plug NOW!

0321

Dick's Dad said...

Best guess; he's too lazy to do more than cut and paste "stories" from the net.

Second best guess; he got a ticket or a charge dropped for running this.

If it is the second, I wonder what he was caught for? speeding? drunk? spliff? bending over in the men's room?

Hint to the editor, I hope he's been paying the paper to have those years spent with you appear on his resume.

Mark Matis said...

For Anonymous at 8:27 PM:

He just realizes that articles such as this are the ticket to a job with the New York Times.

Sean said...

In "Across the River and into the Trees", Hemingways' novel of an aging and dying Army Colonel, the Colonel is thinking back to his first wife, and wondering, "How many cunts are there in Texas?". Now you know. Lots.

Anonymous said...

This is weekly Trahan worked for down here: http://theexaminer.com/

streetsweeper

Anonymous said...

Same knuckle-head reporter wrote a few days earlier about Mexican authorities seizing weapons cache that included grenades, mortar rounds, and machine guns:

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/04/cartel-weapons-cache-found-jus.html

Where's the cartels get that high powered stuff? His own stories blow holes in the gun show myth.

otterhauser said...

The 90% figure fits the liberal template and AGENDA!!! Still wondering why the Hussein Regime was walking guns to Mexico??!! It was in order to make that 90% figure come closer to being true!!! And that would mean...a new long gun registry; 1 handgun per month rules nationwide; fingerprint checks prior to purchase; all these new laws and MORE, made necessary because the current lack of PROPER, TOUGH, FEDERAL REGULATION allowed all those guns to get into Mexico!!