According to CBS’ NCIS LA, if solely US weapons weren’t being smuggled into Mexico by grasping gun makers, Mexico wouldn’t have a gun crime drawback. Here is a bit on these very claims that John Lott had within the Wall Street Journal in 2019 about Mexico’s extraordinarily excessive homicide fee.
Another month, one other report variety of murders in Mexico. For the primary 9 months of 2019, Mexico had 25,890 murders—virtually six occasions as many murders per 100,000 folks as within the U.S. Does Mexico want stricter gun management?
No. Its gun legal guidelines are among the many least permissive on the planet. For a long time Mexico has had just one gun retailer in your complete nation, a military-run institution in Mexico City. The retailer’s costs are very costly, and essentially the most highly effective rifle which you can purchase there’s a .22 caliber. There’s no “gun-show loophole”—any person-to-person firearm transfers are unlawful with out an “extraordinary” allow that by no means appears to be issued. One could promote a gun solely to the federal government, after which the federal government has to determine to promote it to another person.
Getting permission to buy a gun is a feat in itself. Background checks take six months to finish and require fingerprints and an analysis of the client’s employment historical past. Only 1% of Mexicans possess a license to personal a firearm. When I testified earlier than the Mexican Senate a couple of years in the past, members of the chamber, who’ve confronted demise threats, advised me that even they discovered it unattainable to get a concealed-handgun allow.
It wasn’t at all times this manner. Mexicans had a proper to personal weapons till 1971, when the structure was amended to provide the federal authorities complete management over firearm entry. In 1972 the federal government handed strict gun-control measures. Now Mexicans can’t transport weapons exterior their properties and not using a allow from the Secretariat of National Defense—even when the gun is lawfully registered, unloaded, in a locked container, and going from one residence to a different.
Mexico’s homicide fee is about twice what it was in 1972. Mexican officers blame America, with its comparatively sturdy gun rights. But the totally automated weapons typically used to commit murders in Mexico are strictly restricted on U.S. soil. Between 2005 and 2014, greater than 13,000 grenades have been seized by the Mexican authorities, and these merely can’t be purchased within the U.S. A 2016 U.S. Government Accountability Office report complained of restricted collaboration with Mexican authorities on tracing weapons.
So the place do Mexican criminals get their weapons? “Most cartels buy in bulk, and the weapons are coming from places like Nicaragua and other South American countries. Also Asia and some from the Middle East,” a Tijuana-based police authority who requested anonymity just lately advised Fox News.
According to knowledge from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 70% of all criminally owned weapons in Mexico come from the U.S., however these figures are based mostly solely on the restricted variety of weapons Mexican authorities have seized, traced and submitted to the company for checking. That’s a small subset of weapons. For occasion, Mexico submitted 11,000 weapons to the ATF in 2007-08, although it seized 29,000 weapons throughout that point. Of these, 6,000 have been efficiently traced and 90% of these traceable weapons got here from the U.S. Thus by one estimate solely about 17.6% of the firearms Mexico collected in complete may very well be traced again to America.
“These kinds of guns—the auto versions of these guns—they are not coming from El Paso,” Ed Head, a firearms teacher in Arizona who spent 24 years as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, advised Fox News. “They are coming from other sources. They are brought in from Guatemala. They are brought in from places like China. They are being diverted from the military. But you don’t get these guns from the U.S.”
Strict gun-control legal guidelines and excessive murder charges typically go collectively. Other developed international locations that match this sample embrace Brazil and Russia. If you look throughout all international locations or all developed international locations, those with the very best gun-ownership charges are likely to have the bottom murder charges and the lowest homicide charges from mass shootings.
Gun legal guidelines, regardless of how draconian, don’t remedy crime issues. It’s fairly easy—the one solution to cease a foul man with a gun, is an efficient man with a gun. Disarming the latter emboldens the previous.
John R. Lott, Jr., “Mexico’s Soaring Murder Rate Proves Gun Control Is Deadly,” Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2021.
Here is a video on Hollywood’s bias towards weapons.