Guns, Gangs And Steel II (an update)

In December I wrote Guns, Gangs & Steel in response to the recent gangland-style shootout one block from our Mayor’s home. The purpose of that article was to draw attention to the danger of illegal weapons flooding into our province from unregulated American gun shows. Although all the facts relied on in that article were cross-linked to verifiable external sources, one commenter suggested I was wrong on the facts regarding American guns fueling violence in Mexico.

The U.S. government agreed with my assessment:

In December, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced it was seeking emergency authority to require 8,000 gun dealers near the border to report multiple purchases by any individual of high-firepower semiautomatic rifles that use a detachable magazine.

The death toll in Mexico’s drug wars is staggering — more than 30,000 people killed as of last year. The role of American-purchased guns in that carnage is also undeniable. In the past four years, more than 60,000 guns connected to crimes in Mexico have been tracked back to American gun dealers. About three-quarters of those weapons originated from gun shops in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California, the four states covered by the A.T.F. plan.

New York Times, January 16, 2011

The guns flooding into Canada across the northern border are no less dangerous. There was another shootout on our city streets this morning, in the parking lot of a 7/11 at Knight and 33rd.