Mexico: U.S. should do “much more” to stop flow of guns.

The U.S. government needs to do "much more" to prevent…

The U.S. government needs to do “much more” to prevent the smuggling of high-powered weapons into Mexico, a senior Mexican official said Thursday.

Authorities south of the border have confiscated roughly 100,000 illegal guns in the last four years, according to the secretary of Mexico’s National Security Council, Alejandro Poire.

Yet Washington’s efforts against gun-smuggling have netted fewer than 10,000 weapons seized, Poire told MVS radio, citing figures from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Many of the assault rifles and other semi-automatic weapons in the arsenals of Mexican drug cartels were purchased from gunshops in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.

Conflict among rival cartels and between criminals and the security forces has claimed some 35,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006.

While the U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment gives Americans the right to own guns for personal protection, the United States also limits the export of firearms to countries with more restrictive gun laws, Poire said Thursday.

People in the United States need to be aware that those “guns are not being used exclusively for the protection of U.S. citizens, but for smuggling that is extremely harmful on our side of the border,” he said.

Poire’s comments came hours before Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa was due to answer questions from lawmakers here regarding what their government knew about “Operation Fast and Furious,” a U.S. law enforcement gambit that purportedly allowed thousands of firearms to be smuggled into Mexico.

Source: Fox News

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  • Safe Operator

    I live in the Fla. Keys.
    Mexican Illegals are thick as worms here.
    They are the ones bringing the cocaine in, not the Fisherman. There is not a restuarant or construction site here that dosent employ Illegals.
    What does ICE and USBP do about it?
    They blame each other for the problem…
    Ask an ICE agent “why dont you do something about the mexicans?” His answer…”Its a USBP problem”.
    Ask a USBP agent why dont you do something about the Mexicans he sez…”It’s an ICE problem”
    Get outta the ac in your trucks and do your job.
    Before we make it a “Civilian Problem” and start doin your job for ya.
    As an active duty USCG MSST Operator, I took an Oath to Protect the Constitution and America against ALL enemies, both forgien and domestic.
    As far as I am concerned, drug smuggling/public service abusing Mexicans are an enemy to be reckoned with.

  • whitebat

    ATF Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico
    CBS News Report March 3, 2011

  • HUghes Boutin

    Of course, all of the immigrants are criminal then. That includes the gardeners, the maids, the butler, the prep cook ……
    I am not saying there is not some Mexican immigrants involved in crime, but there is also a lot of american involved in arms trafficking. Somebody has to be buying all those weapons somewhere.
    Americans have the right to bear arms, I respect that. But the right to have 25 AR-15s is a little bit extreme. I am giving an extreme example to illustrate my point.

  • Tom

    It is a fact that only averry small percentage of the weapons that are captured in Mexico are bought legally in America.
    Of that number there are litterally none that are fully automatic.
    If you take into concideration what it takes (a full Federal background check) for an American citizen to obtain a class 3 firearn (fully automatic or silenced ora silencer) and taking into c,oncideration that he must prove possession to fereral agents at any time, day or night, it is unlikely that he would make an illegal sale.

  • Tom

    I believe that ATFE really sc#^$*ed up, however, I also believe that this law enforcement organizationhad set up a sting opperation that went bad. I can’t concieve of the idea that they really wanted the weapons in the hands of criminals.

  • CBec

    In that case we’re just selling them the guns criminals to do the jobs that some other people won’t do…..

  • HUghes Boutin

    Amazing comments from people without a clue as to what the situation is here. The US government ALLOWED the flow of weapons in the FAST & FURIOUS OPERATION AND LOST CONTROL OF IT, RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF A US AGENT and yet people still blame Mexico for this. Lies this, Lies that, whatever.
    Learn about a country, try living in it for a while and THEN comment about it. I did, living both in the ‘States and now in Mexico.
    As for the flow of illegal immigrants, those immigrants end up doing the job some other people don’t want to do because of low wages, this in a slow economy.
    Amazing really!

  • LIES, DAMN LIES..FROM THE LIPS OF AN ENTITY IN THE NARCO STATE OF MEXICO. PERHAPS THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD KEEP ITS CITIZENS IN MEXICO…OH..THEY CAN NOT ..THEY DEPEND ON MONEY SENT HOME TO MEXICO FROM THOSE ILLEGALLY IN THE USA FOR 1/3 OF MEXICO’S GDP.

  • CBec

    Andddd Mexico should do “much more” to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.