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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Jon Donnison, "Mexico says US fuels gun crime," BBC, April 12, 2009.

[This comes as a surprise to no one but the gun lobby. Assault rifles, for those who are not especially interested, do not include those .50 cal. sniper rifles the Canadian Forces are so proud of. The AK-47 was one of the first assault rifles and remains probably the most copied; the M-16 is another popular number featured in the photo below. Nice, light, plastic, available in designer colours. Get one for every outfit. Is this one of the benefits of NAFTA? -jlt]

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Mexico's ambassador to the US has urged America to stop the flow of guns and cash that pass into his country, fuelling the country's drug wars.

Arturo Sarukhan said US money and weapons provided the drug cartels with the means to "corrupt, bribe and kill".

President Barack Obama is due to visit Mexico later this week.

More than 6,000 people died last year in Mexico in drug-related violence and Mexico believes 90% of the weapons used by drug cartels come from the US.

US gun lobby groups dispute the figure.

  "There is a direct correlation between the expiration of the assault weapons ban and our seizures of assault weapons."
Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan

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