Slow the Iron River of Guns to Mexico

Slow the Iron River of Guns to Mexico

MEXICO CITY — In 2008, the U.S. gun maker Colt, based in Hartford, Conn., produced a special edition .38 Super pistol that was engraved by a partner company with an image of the Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata . In 2017, an assassin used the weapon to shoot dead a prolific Mexican investigative journalist, Miroslava Breach , as she drove her son to school in the city of Chihuahua. It was a cruel irony: An American gun embellished with an image of a Mexican freedom fighter was used to silence Mexico’s freedom of speech. Last August, Juan Carlos Moreno, a cartel enforcer, was sentenced to 50 years for his participation in the murder of Ms. Breach, and Hugo Amed Shultz, a former mayor from Chihuahua State, was later arrested over his suspected involvement in the killing. Mexico’s gun laws are so strict that in the entire country there is only one store, controlled by the Army, where citizens can legally purchase a gun. Yet a steady flow of guns smuggled south over the Rio Grande find their way into the hands of assassins. From 2007 to 2019, more than 164,000 firearms were seized from criminals here and were traced to gun shops and factories in the United States. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Mexico’s Foreign Ministry estimates that more than 2.5 million guns have flooded over America’s southern border in the last decade . In that time, Mexico has been gripped by violence that terrorizes communities and […]

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