Hold your fire: Working to stop the flow of guns to Mexico

Friday, April 17, 2009

President Obama arrived in Mexico yesterday just a day after 16 people were killed in a shoot out between suspected traffickers and soldiers near Acapulco. But President Obama didn’t shy away from America’s share of responsibility in violent scenes like that one instead saying, "More than 90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border. So we have responsibilities as well. We have to do our part." But who exactly in America holds that responsibility? Gun dealers? ATF agents? Border police? Lawmakers? Two people who deal with those issues every day join The Takeaway to help answer those questions. Jim Pruett is the owner of Pruett’s Guns and Ammo in Houston, Texas and William McMahon, is the Deputy Assistant Director of Field Operations for the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco.

Guests:

William McMahon and Jim Pruett

Contributors:

Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

Keith Erskine

Update: from FactCheck.org

Furthermore, the 90 percent figure is based on a badly biased sample of all Mexican crime guns. Law enforcement officials say Mexico asks the U.S. to trace only those guns with serial numbers or other markings that indicate they are likely to have come though the U.S.

<http://www.factcheck.org/politics/counting_mexicos_guns.html>

Apr. 18 2009 11:19 AM
Keith Erskine

Come on - most of the weapons used by the drug cartels are either smuggled from Asia or Central America. You can't walk into a gun store and purchase a full-automatic assault rifle. You can purchase a semi-automatic version, and then modify (not easy), but why would you when you can get a container full of what you want from the world arms market.

Apr. 17 2009 03:56 PM

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