U.S. Gun Control Efforts Get Support From Mexico Amid Drug War

U.S. efforts to limit gun purchases are winning approval in Mexico as President Barack Obama considers measures to stem violence that could also restrict weapons access for drug cartels south of the border.

Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexico’s incoming ambassador to Washington, said last week that there’s a link between the end of the U.S. assault-weapons ban in 2004 and the arming of cartels whose war with the government has left more than 58,000 dead since 2006. The comments echo those from former President Felipe Calderon, who left office last month after a six-year term in which he repeatedly blamed U.S. guns for the surge in Mexican violence.

Medina Mora, who served as Calderon’s attorney general and ambassador to the U.K. before being confirmed as President Enrique Pena Nieto’s envoy to Washington last week, said he hopes last month’s school massacre in Connecticut will spur the U.S. to overhaul gun regulations.

The shooting “opens a window of opportunity for President Obama,” Medina Mora said at a press conference last week. “The Second Amendment and the regulation adopted in the U.S. is not, never was and never should be designed to arm foreign criminal groups.”

Obama said today at a White House news conference that he’s reviewing a list of proposals to reduce gun violence and plans to begin announcing the specifics of his plan later this week. He listed strengthening background checks, banning assault weapons and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines as initiatives that “make sense.”

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  1. Anonymous on

    Switching out one ten-round magazine for another takes very little time – if one is shooting at unarmed school kids it makes virtually no difference if you are using a large-capacity magazine or a whole lot of smaller ones. If a legally armed citizen finds himself dealing with more than one armed assailant, it might make the difference between life and death. Rather than ban large-capacity magazines and assault rifles, it might make sense to attack the anti-intellectualism that prompted students to trash their universities as part of the Vietnam war protests in the 1960s and that leads psychopaths with guns to attack elementary schools today. Ir won’t happen though- asking the American people to think about their attitudes and assumptions is the last thing our “leaders” want to do.

  2. Anonymous UK on

    So long as guns are manufactured people with money and criminal connections (such as Mexican drug cartels) will be able to arm themselves. These laws make it a little more expensive maybe but these guys can afford it.