Mexico Violence And The US As The Gun Source

For Immediate Release

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Mexico Violence And The US As The Gun Source

WASHINGTON - The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is issuing a background
document for journalists covering the gun violence in Mexico and the
policy issues surrounding how America’s gun laws are helping to fuel
that violence.

The paper is available at http://www.bradycenter.org/xshare/pdf/reports/mexico-us-violence-background.pdf.

“Because we make it too easy for dangerous people to get dangerous
weapons, our lack of effective, common sense gun laws is helping to
create a regional security risk and costing Mexican citizens their
lives,” said Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Center.  “There are
distinct and unarguable shortcomings in our gun laws that are now
causing terrible problems not only in our country but also in our
hemisphere."

Mexican criminals can’t get guns in Mexico because the gun laws in
Mexico, like those in most industrialized nations, do not allow a vast
unregulated gun market, in which military-style weapons and all manner
of guns are easily available to be purchased in unlimited quantity
without a background check.  Stymied by Mexico’s tough gun laws, the
drug lords and the traffickers who supply them come to the U.S. to take
advantage of our gun laws’ gaping loopholes.

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The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its legislative and grassroots affiliate, the Brady Campaign and its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence.

We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.

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