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    Gun Control Fail: Mexico Homicides Nearly Three Times Higher Than U.S.

    Mexico has one gun store, stringent gun controls, and nearly three times the number of homicides witnessed in the U.S.

    The Sun reports that there have been 94 homicides a day, on average, in Mexico during 2019. In the U.S., there are approximately 90 firearm-related deaths a day, on average, but only one-third of those are homicides. This means while heavily gun-controlled Mexico is seeing 94 homicides a day, the U.S. is seeing 30 to 40. And U.S. firearm homicides are largely driven by gun violence in heavily gun-controlled, Democrat-run cities.
    On May 24, 2018, the Los Angeles Times noted that Mexico only has one gun store. The store is called the “Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales,” and Mexican citizens who wish to enter must pass a background check, which includes various stages of documentation.

    More at: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2...es-3-times-us/

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    Drug wars. Mostly killing each other. Most of the guns are coming from the US. They blame lax gun laws in the US for their problems. Trump wants Mexico to control the flow of people across the border and Mexico wants the US to do a better job controlling the flow of weapons across the border.

    https://www.kpbs.org/news/2019/apr/3...omicides-and-/

    Mexico’s American Gun Problem


    As President Trump fights drugs and migrants pouring into the U.S., Mexico is reeling from bloodshed fueled by American guns, bullets and grenades flowing into Mexico.

    More than 33,000 people were murdered in Mexico last year, an all-time high. The police chief of Tijuana, Mexico’s most violent city, told KPBS “nearly all” of the more than 2,000 weapons seized in the city since 2016 were American-made: AK-47s, AR-15s, Glocks and more.

    “We know those weapons come from the U.S. because in Mexico there’s no way for people to buy them,” Marco Antonio Sotomayor said in Spanish. “They buy them in places like Arizona, Nevada, because of the weak gun laws, and at gun shows. And they come through California and cross the border into Tijuana.”

    Mexico has only one gun store. It’s controlled by the army in Mexico City. The gun laws for civilians are strict, with six-month background checks and a federal registry keeping track of every weapon. Person to person firearm sales is prohibited. Calibers are restricted to .380 or less. Tijuana’s police chief, Sotomayor, said Tijuana’s proximity to the U.S. makes it easy for smugglers to saturate the city with American guns.

    “It’s very hard to buy a gun in Mexico,” Sotomayor said. “We have a very intense process before you can buy one. If you guys had that, it would be really helpful.”

    It looks unlikely under the Trump administration. This month, Trump announced the U.S. would be withdrawing from an international arms treaty, which regulates the cross-border flow of weapons to reduce global violence. He spoke at a National Rifle Association Forum about the importance of defending “God-given rights.”

    The inspection problem

    Mexican customs data shows seizures of U.S.-origin guns at U.S.-Mexico ports of entry increased 92 percent last year to 364. More than 116, 000 bullets were also seized heading into Mexico, according to Mexico's customs agency.

    Under Mexican law, it’s illegal to take guns into Mexico from the U.S. But southbound customs checks are limited—something the new president in Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, appears set to change.

    In an exclusive interview with KPBS, Mexico’s customs director, Ricardo Peralta, said Mexico will revamp U.S.-Mexico ports of entry this year, with improved technologies to collect biometric and other data from vehicles crossing from the U.S. into Mexico.

    “If we’d used technology like this in the past, we would have avoided so many deaths in Mexico,” Peralta said in Spanish.

    He said the administration has received some pushback about ramped-up southbound inspections because it could mean slowdowns to enter Mexico, like the occasional four-to six-hour wait times for entering the U.S.

    “Of course there’s resistance,” Peralta said. “People think Mexico has no intention to take care of its border …We see this as a great opportunity rather than a crisis.”

    But the plans have not yet been funded, and in the meantime, the flow of American guns continues largely undetected by Mexican customs agents.

    The tracing problem

    About 70 percent of the 15,316 weapons submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) by Mexican authorities nationwide in 2017 were traceable to the U.S.

    “Those weapons are being used by drug cartels to enforce their business, to go after law enforcement, Mexican authorities and innocent civilians,” said Ernesto Diaz, an assistant special agent in charge with the ATF.

    He said there’s been an increase in large-caliber weapons being smuggled into Mexico, as well as gun parts that are then assembled south of the border. Diaz said ATF is trying to combat the situation by going after U.S.-based smugglers, many of them U.S. citizens.

    “There are people associated with cartels who reside in the United States," Diaz said.

    David Shirk, a researcher at the University of San Diego who studies violent crime in Mexico, said it’s difficult for the ATF to track guns smuggled into Mexico because there’s no federal U.S. registry of guns.

    “It’s actually illegal in the United States for the ATF to maintain records of who has a gun in the United States,” he said. Shirk said the tracing restrictions are due to Congressional legislation pushed by gun advocacy groups like the National Rifle Association which see them as a threat to civil liberties and fear a possible governmental confiscation of their guns.
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    Drug wars. Mostly killing each other. Most of the guns are coming from the US. They blame lax gun laws in the US for their problems.

    https://www.kpbs.org/news/2019/apr/3...omicides-and-/
    Criminals will always get guns, gun control never works except to keep good people from defending themselves.
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