Open Thread: Update on Mexican Drug War: Gun Running from U.S. Suppliers

Originally posted 2009-03-10 12:18:12 -0500. This story is getting really interesting. It was originally posted by Jim. I am adding a new report and with Jim's OK turning it into today's Open Thread.

New Today. President Obama has rejected Texas Governor Rick Perry's calls for US troops to be placed on the US/Mexican Border. See report by Todd Gillman today, in the Dallas Morning News.

Obama: No U.S, Troops to Mexico Border

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Gun Dealer Accused Of Selling To Cartels

 

CBS Evening News: Gun Runners Send Thousands Of Weapons From The U.S. To Mexico, Fueling That Country's Drug Wars

 

In Phoenix Monday, a gun dealer went on trial for supplying assault rifles to Mexican drug gangs who are locked in a bloody war with authorities -- and each other. CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports on a case that's being watched closely in both the United States, and in Mexico.

 

In the escalating drug war south of the border, Mexican cartels supply the drugs, but the guns largely come from the United States.

 

"Firearms trafficking to Mexico is a huge problem," says Phoenix ATF agent William Newell. "Drugs go north, guns come south." >>>>>>>>>More

 

 

Gunrunning Across The Border In the continuing drug war in Mexico, the assault weapons they use such as AK-47s and 50 caliber rifles are largely coming from U.S. traffickers at a rate of 2,000 a day. Ben Tracy reports.

 

Can Everyone Say "Strong National Defense!!"??

 

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Two gun-running suspects arrested near Lukeville
 

The Border Patrol said both men in the truck appeared nervous and gave misleading information. A search led to the discovery of five SKS rifles, two AK-47 rifles, two semi-automatic 9mm pistols, one CVA 50-caliber rifle and 7,000 rounds of ammunition.

Drug War Doublespeak

Calderon cites the US role in gun-running, money-laundering, and demand for narcotics. The motivations behind the recent hype vary.

Gun-running's two-way street

It's time for the American people to stop living in a state of denial and get serious about stopping gun shipments into Mexico.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Mayor of San Diego made a suggestion that all cars crossing from the US into Mexico need to be searched for weapons......... I thought to myself why aren't they doing that now?  Homeland Security doesn't want to militarize our southern border but WTF...let's just wait until all the death, kidnapping, and drive-by's come here... We have a National Guard, I think we need to utiliize them. I live 30 miles S of Houston.....we just had an illegal immigrant from El Salvador shoot a Houston cop in the face at a residence...crime is slowly inching it's way to my area.

I can see the military relishing the chance to flex their muscles and try incursions into Mexico. I don't place much faith in their abiltiy to discriminate between innocent civilians and criminals, anymore than I trust their use of drone planes in Pakistan which have a record of blasting weddings amd other interesting gatherings. The criteria in the choice of targets in Pakistan is a group of people. Perhaps the same is true in Palestine. Scary, I think.

carol

our Border Patrol Agents try their best I am sure... But I don't see why the National Guard cannot do some tours on our border.  I don't think there has been any thought to actually stepping into Mexico's territory by our military but I could be wrong.  My thinking is to not wait until a crisis is upon us....that is what a good manager does.

I'd be a whole lot less concerned if I was living in Ava, Mo. instead of Texas!

There is an entire functional network that fuels those Mexican drug gangs. The fact they are in constant conflict with authorities tells us they are strong and they afford to stand up. Mexico has a real problem and, let's not forget it's also a poor country. Nevertheless impressive amounts of drugs are produces and trafficked on the territory of this country. Do you think those drugs are for Mexican people? Geremy at drug rehab

In Phoenix Monday, a gun dealer went on trial for supplying assault rifles to Mexican drug gangs who are locked in a bloody war with authorities -- and each other.

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