By Kevin Stoda
The following statement from Mayors Against Illegal Guns makes clear: “90% of guns recovered and traced from Mexican crimes come from gun dealers in America.”
Many American police also know that American gun dealers are the leaders in the war against police and society, but that is not what most Americans want to hear.
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In the last 3 years, 22,000 people have been murdered in the Mexican cartel wars — and violence is spilling into the U.S. Just last weekend, a violent gun battle broke out just south of the border in Ciudad Juarez — so close to the U.S. that a stray bullet actually struck a building at the University of Texas in El Paso. The police don’t yet know the source of the guns. But, what we do know is that 90% of guns recovered and traced from Mexican crimes come from gun dealers in America. There is some good news however. Recently, Congress authorized $37.5 million in additional funding to help curb gun trafficking across the Mexican border. It’s a big step that was recommended by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, but it couldn’t have happened without the trailblazing work of four Members of Congress.
Call to thank these brave leaders in Congress who fought to get more resources to combat illegal gun trafficking: Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) – (202) 224-5521 Rep. David Price (D-NC) – (202) 225-1784 Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX) – (202) 225-4511 Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) – (202) 224-6542 Tell them “thank you” for supporting increased funding to help stop gun trafficking across the Mexican border and encourage them to consider other recommendations from Mayors Against Illegal Guns to curb illegal gun trafficking.
This important step is commendable, but we cannot stop fighting illegal gun trafficking. As long as illegal guns get into the hands of criminals, our work is not done. That’s why we need to recognize our leaders when they stand up to do the right thing. Call these Congressional leaders today. Sincerely, Mayors Against Illegal Guns P.S. Mayors Against Illegal Guns recommended additional funding as one of its 40 recommendations in the Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns. Read the full list of recommendations here (PDF).