Every year, about a half million guns — many of them semiautomatic assault rifles — are illegally trafficked from the United States into Mexico. In 2019, those guns were used to murder 17,000 people in our country — that’s 46 funerals every day for a year, an unendurable tragedy for many heartbroken families. This is why last week the Mexican government filed a lawsuit against U.S. gun manufacturers. We have the moral obligation to use all legitimate means to protect the lives of our citizens. For several years, Mexico has had in place more than 17 specific strategies to tackle the illicit trafficking of firearms into our country. These broad and ambitious programs range from assigning the administration of all customs to the Army and the Navy, to promoting important initiatives in international forums, such as the Organization of American States and the United Nations. Naturally, we have also worked closely and at the highest level with the U.S. government, with whom with share the priority of preventing the influx of weapons that creates violence in Mexico and Central America that also boomerangs with waves of migration and illicit drugs — drugs that destroy and end the lives of countless U.S. citizens. But all the efforts of Mexico, and of the United States with its vast resources, have not been sufficient to stop the flood of weapons of war into Mexico. This deadly flood must be stopped at its source. The policy of the gun manufacturers is to sell […]
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