As the United States government gradually takes its action on the debate over weapons on the streets, another government and country of people are watching closely as to how the laws will change. The people of Mexico have called for changes to American laws for many years now and have seen the effects firsthand of how the ability to buy such dangerous weapons with ease can turn cities and towns into war zones.
Mexican interest continues now as the debate seems to be drawing closer to some real action on assault rifles and magazine capacities. Some comments from the Mexican Ambassador are worth noting:
“The Second Amendment … is not, was never and should not be designed to arm foreign criminal groups,” Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora told reporters last week.
The end of the (Assault Weapons) ban in 2004 impacted Mexico, he said.
“There is certainly a statistical correlation between the end of this measure and the increase in the firepower of foreign criminal groups, particular those that operate out of our country,” he said.
If we look at the timing of certain events, there definitely seems to be a lot of truth to his statements. The Assault Weapons Ban expired in late 2004 and two years later former President Calderon began sending Mexican Army troops into the areas where the drug cartels had become too heavily armed for regular police. Over 50,000 casualties later, the Mexican people are still looking to the United States for changes in weapons policy.
Some may argue the problem is/was the ATF’s Fast and Furious policy allowing guns to walk across the border but I’ve addressed the insanity of this position previously and will quote myself here:
If there wasn’t a problem to begin with, extremely awful policy solutions like Fast and Furious would not have been conjured, much less implemented…Let’s look at what we know. Fast and Furious allowed roughly 2,000 weapons to cross the border. However, the Mexican authorities have seized nearly 70,000 weapons traced back to the United States around the same time period. How many they haven’t seized and are still in circulation is probably anyone’s guess but it’s safe to assume it’s larger than the number captured. Focusing only on Fast and Furious is the equivalent of a watching a pack of hungry lions running at you in the wild and being more concerned about a mosquito that just landed on your arm.
For the safety of everyone, let’s hope they get changes that matter and legislation that helps damage the weapons caches of the many Mexican drug cartels who arm themselves by abusing the lax gun laws of the United States.