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

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By William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott

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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.

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