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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Democracy Now! Reports: US Encouraged Gun Sales to Mexican Cartels

Michigan Peace Team members following the situation and work for peace in Juarez are encouraged to read, watch or listen to the latest report from Democracy Now!  A summary follows, with more information and coverage in this post, which is also available at: Democracy Now!: Watch/Listen/Read

 From the Democracy Now! Coverage:

New Report: U.S. Encouraged Gun Sales to Drug Cartels

70% of Seized Mexico Guns Are from U.S.

Some 70 percent of guns seized in Mexico from 2009 to 2010 came from the United States, according to a new report from three U.S. senators. The report finds Mexican drug cartels are arming themselves with U.S. military-style weapons and urges a strengthening of U.S. regulations to stem the flow of guns to Mexico. It comes as lawmakers are holding hearings into a once-secret government plan to encourage U.S. gun shops to sell thousands of guns to middlemen for Mexican drug cartels. We speak to David Heath at the Center for Public Integrity. 

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