Tuesday, August 30, 2016
By Paul Martin

AUGUST 30, 2016

Mexico is the ultimate debate fodder for American gun rights activists. That’s because you probably couldn’t come up with a better example of what happens when a country restricts gun ownership for law-abiding citizens, while failing to disarm and imprison violent criminals. The results of that are predictable. On one side of the border, there is relative peace and prosperity. On the other side, drug cartels practically own the government and act against a mostly unarmed population with impunity.

Granted, Mexico isn’t entirely void of legally owned firearms. It isn’t nearly as bad as most countries. However, buying a gun legally is difficult, the calibers you can buy are highly restricted (you can’t even own a rifle that’s stronger than a .22), and the weapon can’t leave your house for any reason without a permit. That’s an incredibly stark contrast with the United States. On this issue, it’s like night and day on either side of the border.

So what is a government official to do, when his or her country has highly restrictive gun laws, and out of control crime? They blame the guns of course, and by association, their gun-toting neighbors to the north. Mexico has long asserted that America’s loose gun laws have made it easy for criminals to smuggle powerful firearms over the border, and into the hands of drug cartels. That’s why Mexico’s Foreign Minister, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, called on Congress to restrict the sale of so called “assault weapons.”

Ruiz Massieu made this call at the Second Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

According to a statement by the Foreign Ministry, Ruiz Massieu said Mexico “places the highest priority” on this matter, as the country has suffered from the illegal arms trade, with assault weapons often legally bought from gun shops across the border in the U.S. and transported illegally to Mexico.

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