54,000 Mexicans Sign Petition for U.S. Gun Control

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- More than 54,000 Mexicans have signed a petition calling on the United States to take further steps to combat weapons trafficking.
Mexico says the majority of guns used by the country's violent drug cartels are smuggled over the border from the United States.
Mexico's best-known anti-violence activist and a prominent intellectual presented the petition at the U.S. embassy Monday.
Activist Javier Sicilia said "The United States is partly responsible for our humanitarian tragedy."
About 70,000 people have died in Mexico in drug violence since 2006, according to the written copy of a speech presented by Mexico's interior secretary in December.
Before the activists presented their petition, President Barack Obama said Monday he would present a new U.S. gun control plan within days.

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  • by Jeri Location: Stasko on Jan 22, 2013 at 07:45 AM
    Maybe if Mexico controlled their borders better the cartel would stop getting our weapons...
  • by REN Location: Lansing on Jan 19, 2013 at 06:08 AM
    Why aren’t those 54,000 Mexican citizens protesting THEIR president, demanding better gun laws in Mexico? Why aren’t they doing more to kill off the drug dealers in THEIR country? Why aren’t they forcing the Mexican government to create jobs for Mexicans in Mexico so they don’t illegally come to our country? Why aren't they pushing obama and holder to come clean on their "Fast and Furious" gun running program?
  • by V Location: Grand Ledge on Jan 18, 2013 at 05:51 AM
    Lets present a three part plan to our friends down south. We will assist you in reducing the number of assault weapons making it into Mexico by firts building a three story high wall (maybe 10 feet thick) along the entire border. It will have guard towers evey 50 yards. There will be no gates or passages in this wall. anyone approaching from the south will be shot as a suspected gun runner. anyone caught trying to enter the U.S. by sea will also be shot as suspected terrorists. Part two: the U.S. will ban all travel to Mexico by U.S. Citizens and stop any and all trade/aid with Mexico. After all, this may allow guns into your country. Part three, any and all Mexican nationals legal or illegl will be imediately rounded up and deported. After all, they could be gun runners. No more student visas, travel visas,no more money.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Jan 17, 2013 at 09:11 AM
    Mexicans blaming Americans for gun violence in their drug cartel-ridden country? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!
  • by Will on Jan 16, 2013 at 01:58 PM
    When they say the majority of guns they mean the majority of guns traces back to their origin. Those guns are a minority of the total guns, but U.S. firearms are the only ones they can regularly trace. Also I like how according to Mexico all the drugs coming across the border into the U.S. is not Mexico's fault, it's the U.S.'s fault for having a market for those drugs. So I guess guns coming from the U.S. isn't the U.S. fault, but Mexico's for having a demand for guns. If they weren't using guns, guns would not be trafficked into Mexico.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2013 at 05:47 AM
    The guns responsible for all the recent killings in Mexico were given to the Mexican gangs under operation "Fast and Furious". The Mexican government should be suing the United States government and not trying to dis-arm the people of the United States.
  • by John Location: Lansing on Jan 16, 2013 at 05:46 AM
    I don’t buy it. Sure, it is far easier to blame the United States than to admit to the history of corruption which has been the hallmark of the Mexican government for hundreds of years, and is coming back to nip at their bottoms. The fully automatic weapons their crime cartels are using didn’t come from the American public. It is highly unlikely they even originated in the United States at all. Yes, yes, we manufacture some of the most highly sophisticated weapons in the world, but they’re pretty pricey. More likely they came from “somewhere else”; China, Russia, Czechoslovakia, are three places from a long list of gun manufacturing countries. Indeed, the AK-47, a perennial favorite, originated in Russia and has been cheaply copied by gun manufacturers worldwide. As to the boarder issue I have two words, “coast line”, as in the simple fact Mexico has a “largely unguarded” (cartel controlled) coastline, well over three times the length of the boarder it shares with the United States. But really, WHATEVER; this is simply another political posture designed to demonize the American public for having the freedom to arm themselves. As we have seen so often in the past, some other populations hate us for our freedoms.
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 15, 2013 at 08:15 PM
    if any are not legal here need not reply
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM
    and the ones who are thinking they are going to change things, are the ones who gave /sold guns to Mexican Drug cartel..the DOJ Eric Holder , baracks buddy
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