According to United States Attorney General Eric Holder (photo), the United States is “losing the battle” to stem the flow of illegal guns into Mexico. Holder contends that Congress is partially to blame for the fact that American guns are landing in the hands of Mexican drug cartels that are responsible for murdering tens of thousands of people because Congress refuses to pass stringent gun control. The irony of Holder’s assertions given the recent revelations regarding the ATF’s and DOJ’s botched Project Gunrunner scandal has not gone unnoticed.
Holder indicates that attempts on the part of Congress stop the flow of American guns to Mexican drug cartels has been “flawed” and places much of the blame on what he views as congressional contempt towards gun control.
The Guardian reports, “Holder described as ‘flawed’ American attempts to break the cycle, in which the profits from selling illegal drugs in the United States are used to buy guns that are shipped across the Mexican border to the cartels which use them to protect their operations — and conduct a small scale war in which 40,000 Mexicans have been killed over the past five years — in order to send more drugs to the US. He noted that of 94,000 weapons captured from drug traffickers by the Mexican authorities, more than 64,000 originated in the U.S.”
“We are losing the battle to stop the flow of illegal guns to Mexico,” said Holder, who claims that the federal authorities are grabbling with a “lack of effective enforcement tools,” which he contends include tough legislation to prosecute gun traffickers.
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