Nearly All Of Mexico’s Gun Violence Is Committed With Illegal Firearms Coming From U.S., Officials Says

Security researchers discover that DSLR cameras are weak to ransomware assault
August 12, 2019
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s Plan To Save the Environment: Poop Less
August 12, 2019

Nearly All Of Mexico’s Gun Violence Is Committed With Illegal Firearms Coming From U.S., Officials Says

American and Mexican regulation enforcement officers say almost all the gun violence in Mexico is fueled by the illicit import and sale of U.S. firearms.

The underground commerce of weapons to Mexico is value a whole lot of thousands and thousands of {dollars} yearly—with American weapons used to kill tens of hundreds of Mexicans every year.

In addition to weapons from the States working higher, Mexico cartels view firearms as standing symbols, retired DEA agent Jack Riley informed The San Diego Union-Tribune: “It is really important to these criminal organizations, who stay in business by the threat of violence and through the use of violence; and the tools that they prefer to do that with are American-made guns.”

Tijuana’s Director of Public Safety, Marco Antonio Sotomayor, says a lot of the weapons flowing into his metropolis come from north of the border.

“There’s no way for people to buy guns like these in Mexico. They’re American-made guns,” Sotomayor informed the Union-Tribune. “We know they’re being illegally trafficked through California into Tijuana.”

Nearly All Of Mexico's Gun Violence Is Committed With Illegal Firearms Coming From U.S., Officials Says
Mexican marines escort 5 alleged drug traffickers of the Zeta drug cartel in entrance of a seized RPG-7 rocket launcher, hand grenades, firearms, cocaine and army uniformson June 9, 2011 on the Navy Secretaryship in Mexico City YURI CORTEZ/Getty

In 2018, the murder charge in Mexico hit a file excessive of 35,964, spiking 12 p.c from the yr earlier than, in keeping with the nation’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography. Of these murders, not less than 20,005 had been carried out with weapons.

The murder charge is continuous to rise this yr, elevating considerations for the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took workplace in December. In the wake of final weekend’s mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas—the place eight Mexican residents had been amongst these killed—López Obrador urged the U.S. to take critical steps to curb gun violence.

“We think that these unfortunate events in the U.S. should prompt reflection, analysis and the decision to control the indiscriminate sale of guns,” the Mexican president mentioned at a press convention Monday. López Obrador has beforehand acknowledged that Washington’s comparatively lax stance towards firearms has allowed the illicit sale of U.S. weapons to flourish in his nation.

While the fitting to bear arms is protected by the Mexican structure, as it’s within the U.S., there are much stricter regulations on the sale of firearms: For essentially the most half, assault weapons are banned, as is something extra highly effective than a .38 caliber gun. Guns can solely be bought legally by the army—in your entire nation, there is just one authorized gun retailer, positioned in Mexico City.

Customers should bear months of background checks to enter the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales on the outskirts of city. The authorities authorizes the sale and registration of just one handgun per proprietor for the needs of “human defense.”

But a February 2018 report from the Center for American Progress discovered that the issue of U.S. firearms goes past Mexico: between 2014 and 2016, greater than 50,000 weapons originating within the United States had been recovered throughout legal investigations in 15 international locations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

“Put another way,” the report added, “during this span, U.S.-sourced guns were used to commit crimes in nearby countries approximately once every 31 minutes.”

Comments are closed.