Mexico Claims Weapons Being Smuggled
The Mexican government made a stunning revelation on Monday, claiming that military weapons from the United States have been detected entering their country.
Alicia Barcena, the Foreign Minister of Mexico, made this statement at a news conference, where she highlighted the urgent need for an investigation into this matter. She stated that these weapons, which are supposed to be exclusively used by the US Army, are being smuggled into Mexico and worsening the drug cartel-related violence in the nation. This issue was also discussed in a meeting between Mexican officials and the United States in Washington on Friday.
This disclosure by the Mexican government brings to light a persistent issue that has long been a concern for the country. Mexico has consistently blamed the United States and its permissive gun laws for the influx of weapons into their nation, which ultimately end up in the hands of drug cartels.
The profits from drug sales to US consumers are then used by these cartels to purchase these arms, leading to a vicious cycle of violence. The Mexican government has even taken legal action against the US firearms industry by filing two lawsuits in US courts.
According to Mexican authorities, more than half a million weapons are trafficked into Mexico from the United States annually. This is a staggering number, considering the strict gun control laws in Mexico that make it nearly impossible to obtain firearms legally. This large inflow of weapons has resulted in a significant increase in drug-related violence, leading to more than 420,000 murders since 2006. This is the year when the Mexican government deployed the military to combat the rampant drug trafficking in the country.
The US ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, responded to these claims made by the Mexican government. He acknowledged the severity of the situation, recognizing that 70% of the weapons used in violent crimes in Mexico come from the United States. He also stated that President Joe Biden considers reducing weapon flows from the US to Mexico as a top priority. This gesture by the US shows their willingness to work towards finding a solution to this issue.
The inflow of weapons from the United States into Mexico has been a cause of concern for both nations for a long time. In 2018, a report by the US Government Accountability Office stated that around 70% of the firearms seized and traced in Mexico originated in the United States.
The majority of these weapons were semi-automatic rifles that are commonly used by drug cartels. This highlights the urgent need for stricter gun control laws in the United States to prevent these weapons from reaching the wrong hands.
The impact of these weapons on Mexican society cannot be understated. The presence of such a large number of firearms has fueled the power and influence of drug cartels in the country. This has also led to a rise in other crimes such as kidnappings, extortion, and other forms of violence. Innocent civilians are often caught in the crossfire between rival cartels, resulting in a high number of casualties.
The Mexican government has been under immense pressure from its citizens to take action and address this issue.