The flow of guns from the U.S. to Mexico is getting lost in the border debate

The flow of guns from the U.S. to Mexico is getting lost in the border debate

Gun Rights

President Donald Trump campaigned on border security and building a wall to, among other things, protect the United States from violence in Mexico and Central America. But while his administration’s hardline approach to immigration has focused on dealing with an influx of migrants along the southern border, which Trump in speeches and tweets also ties to an influx of drugs and crime, he has not addressed a central part of the violence that drives the displacement of many families in Mexico and Central America: guns, the majority of which flow from the U.S. to Mexico. Mexico’s murder rate is at an all-time high, according to official figures. In 2018, the Mexican government recorded more than 40,000 homicides, and 20,005 were committed with firearms, according to government data. Twenty percent of all homicides in Mexico last year were related to organized crime, according to a study from the University of San Diego. The violence has been largely concentrated in drug trafficking regions in the northwest and the Pacific Coast. The country, which has a population of 125 million, had more than 10,000 homicides recorded between January to May. Research shows that a majority of guns in Mexico can be traced to the U.S. A report from the U.S Government Accountability Office showed that 70 percent of guns seized in Mexico by Mexican authorities and submitted for tracing have a U.S. origin. This percentage remains consistent, said Bradley Engelbert, a spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. And […]

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