Tell President Obama to Stop Gun Smuggling to Mexico

Gun smuggling from the United States to Mexico fuels the drug war. Over the last 5 years, nearly 60,000 people have lost their lives in Mexico’s drug-related wave of violence. More than 70% of the weapons seized in Mexico in the last three years and submitted for tracing came from the U.S. Read the background.

President Obama has the power to help stop gun smugglers. Add your name to this petition to demand he:

  1. Enforce the existing ban on the importation of military-style assault weapons (because many of them are later illegally smuggled into Mexico);
  2. Require gun dealers to report to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) the sale of multiple assault rifles to the same person over a period of five days;
  3. Strengthen legal enforcement in regions of the U.S. that supply the bulk of the contraband weapons smuggled into Mexico.
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President:

The official evidence is indisputable. Between 2006 and 2010, 34,162 Mexicans have been executed (data from the Mexican government), 5,397 have disappeared, and 11,333 migrants from other countries were kidnapped between April and September of 2010 (National Commission on Human Rights, Mexico). On top of that, from 2007 to 2010, 283 U.S. citizens have been killed in Mexico (U.S. Department of State). It is believed that the majority of these acts were perpetuated for reasons linked to crime and violence.

A U.S. agency estimated that between 2004 and 2008, 84% of the arms seized on crime scenes in Mexico came from the United States. A large percentage of them were assault weapons that had been previously imported to the United States. For example, since 2006, AK-47 assault rifles manufactured in Romania have been the most commonly purchased weapons in U.S. markets with the purpose of being sent to Mexico. You have the authority to use existing legislation that prohibits the importation of weapons other than for sporting purposes - and assault weapons are not for sport.

Violence destroys lives and families, and it threatens Mexican democracy.

Mr. President, you can take three actions that do not require the approval of the U.S. Congress:

1. Enforce the existing ban on the importation of military-style assault weapons (because many of them are later illegally smuggled into Mexico);
2. Require gun dealers to report to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) the sale of multiple assault rifles to the same person over a period of five days;
3. Strengthen legal enforcement in regions of the U.S. that supply the bulk of the contraband weapons smuggled into Mexico.

Sincerely,
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