Published On: Tue, Jan 15th, 2013

Mexican Petition Calls for US Gun Control

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gun-control-proMexico’s leading gang violence campaigner Javier Sicilia presented a 54,000 signature petition called for greater gun control to the United States embassy on Monday.

Mexico suffers from some of the worst gang violence in the world – some 70,000 people have died in drug related violence since 2006, and most of the weapons used by Mexican gangs are smuggled over the border from the United States.

“The United States is partly responsible for our humanitarian tragedy,” after presenting the petition.

President Obama announced on Monday that the details of proposed gun control measures would be presented within days. The US government has been under pressure to introduce tougher gun control measures following a string of high profile shootings, including the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school.
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The measures are likely to include compulsory registration and will target heavy weapons such as semi-automatics. These military grade guns, which are widely available in the United States, are popular amongst members of Mexico’s drug gangs.
Gun control, however, is a vexed issue in America. The second amendment of the country’s constitution protects citizen’s rights to own firearms, and the ownership of guns is tangled up with national identity and pride for many people. Some right wing commentators, such as Alex Jones, have even warned of a new American civil war if the government tries to take away their weapons. Although this is clearly unlikely, it is almost certain that any substantial new measures would face a major backlash from the powerful gun lobby and right wing political groups.

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  1. Greg says:

    Great, now Mexicans can sigh a petition deciding what laws we should have in the U.S.A. How many people in the United States have died from drugs coming from Mexico? If those 54.000 people put down the pen and picked up a gun and went after the drug cartels then I will read there petition.

  2. Clay says:

    As I agree with Greg, I’d like to start a petition that mexico and other take care of their drug cartels. You think we have a problem with guns, you have a problem with drugs and guns!

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