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Better late than never

21 November 2008

(Hopefully) soon to be replaced United States Ambassador to Mexico, Antonio Garza, Jr. — in a momentary lapse into good sense and clarity — has committed the unspeakable sin of actually telling the truth.  Speaking at the Harlingen (Texas) Chamber of Commerce, Garza said that Mexico would not be experiencing the current levels of violence if it weren’t for the U.S., the world’s largest consumer of drugs and the main supplier of firearms to the criminal organizations dealing in drugs.

On the subject of firearms, the Spanish news agency EFE reports that:

The Senate of the (Mexican) Republic today asked the American Congress for a progress report on laws to control the purchase and sale of firearms that fall into the hands of organized criminals in Mexico.   report  The Senators underscored the importance of their request by stating that the United States “by taking on a mandate to interfere in affairs around the world must remember that with great power comes great responsibility.”
Senator Fernando Castro, Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who introduced the proposal, said “The American Government lacks a national register of firearms in the hands of private citizens, which facilitates illegal traffic entering our country, creating a critical situation for Mexican security.”
Castro also urged the Mexican President to stress with Washington the need for “an energetic battale against the illegals arms trade which enters Mexico from the United States,” and called on both governments to redouble their efforts to  secure Mexico’s northern border from smugglers.
Castro, who chairs the Legislative Studies Committee, asserted that over half of all illegal firearms and ammunition discovered in Mexico, and that it is not only Mexican gangsters who are engaged in the traffic, but also American citizens who aid and abet organized crime in purchasing weaponry.
He iterated that, “It is undeniable that firearms are an indispensable tool for organized crime and especially for narcotics traffickers” with which “they inflict fear and terrorize our citizens, which makes it incumbent on us to focus on this illegal trade, due to the grave violence now being experienced in Mexico.”
The proposal also called upon the Mexican Treasury and tax adminstration service, as well as the Federal Prosecutors’ Office and the Customs Service to weed out persons tied to organized criminal gangs.

(Translation of a translation from M3Report.  I’m down with la grippe, so this may be it for today, maybe tomorrow)

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