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August 05, 2013

Should U.S. Gun Manufacturers Be Held Responsible For The Ongoing Violence In Mexico?

Mexican criminals use guns from the U.S. According to a report from Council on Foreign RelationsLatin America analyst Julia Sweig, “The flow of high-powered weaponry from the United States to Latin America and the Caribbean exacerbates soaring rates of gun-related violence in the region and undermines U.S. influence in the Western Hemisphere.” In her report, Sweigargues, “U.S. civilian firearms market continues to supply the region’s transnational criminal networks with high-powered weaponry that is purchased with limited oversight, especially from unlicensed individuals at gun shows, flea markets, pawn shops, and on the Internet. Lax U.S. gun laws enable straw purchasers…to legally procure thousands of AK-47 and AR-15 variants every year and traffic them across the border to sell them illegally to criminal factions.”

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