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article imageObama blames US guns and demand for drugs for violence in Mexico

By JohnThomas Didymus     May 3, 2013 in World
President Obama, speaking in Mexico at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia Friday, blamed US guns and demand for illegal drugs for the violence in Mexico. He said that "most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States."
He said: "Much of the root cause for violence that has been happening here in Mexico, for which so many Mexicans have suffered, is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States."
He continued: "Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States. I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will... But at the same time, as I've said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people... That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do."
Obama's statement was corroborated by Lanny Breuer, former Assistant Attorney General who, in 2011, referred to statistics which show that of 94,000 weapons recovered from Mexican drug cartels in the previous five years, about 64,000 could be traced to the US.
Critics of Obama administration have slammed his admission that "most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States" with reference to the controversial "gunwalking" operations in Fast and Furious.
Red Alert Politics comments: "But the President wasn't actually talking about Fast and Furious, but instead pushing his gun control agenda — conveniently ignoring that the ill-conceived gun-walking debacle is a huge cause of guns making it into the wrong hands in Mexico."
"Gunwalking" refers to a tactic the Arizona field office of the US States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) adopted in a series of operations between 2006 and 2011 in the Tucson and Phoenix area in which the ATF allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal "straw buyers" in the hope of tracking the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders.
The purpose of the operation was to track the firearms as they were tranferred to key figures controlling the drug trade in the hope that it would lead to arrests that would dismantle the drug cartels. The operations came to public attention after one of the guns was found at the scene where US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry killed. Humberto Benítez Treviño, former Mexican Attorney General and chair of the justice committee in the Chamber of Deputies, said the Fast and Furious weapons have been found at various crime scenes in Mexico where about 300 Mexicans were killed.
The revelations led to a scandal and the first-ever citation of a sitting cabinet member, Attorney General Eric Holder, for contempt of Congress.
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