Mexico calls for increased border inspections to stem flow of guns from U.S.

Mexico calls for increased border inspections to stem flow of guns from U.S.

View of weapons seized by Mexican Security Forces before being destroyed at the Morelos II Military Region headquarters in Tijuana, northwestern Mexico on March 5, 2018. According to several reports made between 2009 and 2014, including a United States congressional report, about 70% of firearms seized in Mexico can be traced to the United States. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO ARIAS (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images) EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Americans are used to the narrative that dangerous things – from “bad hombre” migrants to drugs – cross the border from the south. But the truth is not so simple, says Josiah Heyman, professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Interamerican and Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. The fact is that hundreds of thousands of firearms are smuggled from the U.S. to Mexico every year and are traced to 70% of all weapons seizures following criminal activity. “We have a mythology that this is the safe side of the border. We are safe day to day from violent crime, no question […] But there is widespread guns going south and that is something that we need to be aware of as a society and reject,” Heyman said. American cooperation is something the Mexican government desperately wants as drug-related drug violence has reached record levels in the past two years. Now, as the Biden administration settles into its first weeks at the White House, Mexican officials are […]

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