Since 2007, nearly 40,000 people have been killed as a result of the Mexican “drug war.” Approximately 80 to 90 percent of the guns used by Mexican drug cartels originate from gun sellers in the United States. Weak gun laws within the US have created an open market by which unlicensed sellers are able to sell guns without a background check. Current figures estimate that 2,000 weapons flow from the United States each day. Easy access to guns has increased the violence in Mexico, contributing to the execution of 34,162 Mexicans, the disappearance of 5,397 individuals, and the kidnapping of 11,333 migrants in recent years.
Weapons acquired in the U.S. perpetuate transnational criminal activity, and are increasingly destructive to communities on both sides of the border. Violence destroys lives and families, and it threatens Mexican democracy. Expanding and improving measures to ensure that military-style firearms do not end up in the hands of traffickers will save lives.
Petition President Obama to help stop gun smugglers who are fueling violence in Mexico.