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Petitioning President Obama

Stop Illegal Gun Smuggling That Fuels Violence in Mexico

In too many communities across Mexico, violence has become a frightening reality of daily life.

Over the past five years, more than 50,000 people have been killed in Mexico’s drug war. And many of the guns that fuel this violence are smuggled over the U.S. border.

A congressional report from last year noted that 70% of the weapons seized in Mexico in 2009 and 2010 and submitted for tracing came from the United States.

Courageous families all over Mexico are standing up in their own communities as part of a growing movement to end the violence.

Now you can be a part of the solution for a more peaceful Mexico. A bi-national campaign is calling on the U.S. government to stem the flow of illegal weapons going across the border.

President Obama has the power to help stop gun smugglers who are fueling violence in Mexico.

We’re asking him to:

--- Enforce the existing ban on the importation of military-style assault weapons (because many of them are later illegally smuggled into Mexico);

--- 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 (GOOD NEWS: last summer, the Obama Administration announced new reporting rules on multiple semiautomatic rifles in border states. A great first step – let’s keep the momentum going!);

--- Strengthen legal enforcement in regions of the U.S. that supply the bulk of the contraband weapons smuggled into Mexico.

Join with thousands of others on both sides of the border in asking President Obama to help stop gun smugglers.

**This petition was created in collaboration with the Washington Office on Latin America.


En muchas comunidades en México, la violencia se ha convertido en una realidad aterradora cotidiana.

En los últimos cinco años, más de 50,000 personas han sido asesinadas en la lucha contra el narcotráfico en México. Y muchas de las armas que alimentan esta violencia son contrabandeadas de Estados Unidos a través de la frontera.

Un reporte reciente del Congreso de Estados Unidos, señaló que el 70% de las armas incautadas y rastreadas en México entre el 2009 y 2010 provenían de los Estados Unidos.

Miles de valientes familias en todo México están alzando sus voces en sus comunidades, uniéndose a un creciente movimiento en México para poner fin a la violencia.

Usted puede ser parte de la solución para un México más pacífico. Una campaña binacional está solicitando al gobierno de EE.UU. que detenga el flujo ilegal de armas que cruza la frontera. El Presidente Obama tiene el poder de ayudar a detener el contrabando de armas que alimenta la violencia en México.

Pedimos al Presidente Obama:

--- Hacer cumplir la existente prohibición sobre la importación de armas de asalto (ya que muchas de ellas son luego traficadas a México)

--- Solicitar a los vendedores de armas enviar un reporte a la Oficina de Alcohol, Tabaco, Armas de Fuego y Explosivos (ATF) sobre la venta de múltiples rifles de asalto a una misma persona en un periodo de cinco días. (BUENAS NOTICIAS: este verano la administración de Obama anunció nuevas reglas sobre los reportes de venta de armas semiautomáticas en los estados fronterizos. Un gran paso, mantengamos el impulso!)

--- Fortalecer la aplicación de las leyes en las regiones de los Estados Unidos que suministran la mayor cantidad de armas de contrabando a México.

Únete a miles de personas en ambos lados de la frontera que piden al Presidente Obama ayudar a detener el contrabando de armas.

Letter to
President Obama
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:

--- Immediately detain and prohibit the importation of assault weapons to the United States, because many of them are sent as contraband to Mexico.

--- Order 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.

--- Increase the regulatory capacity of the ATF in those regions of the United States that supply the weapons contraband to Mexico, especially in border states.

The adoption of these measures is in the best interest of your country and is a form of reaffirming your commitment to human rights.