The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, assured that the lawsuit filed in Boston by the Mexican government against the US arms manufacturers it is not an “interference act” with the United States government.
“This complaint will surely be followed in the United States and that we adhere to the law, It is not an interventionist act It is not against the United States government, it is a civil procedure because we are affected by the lack of control over the sale of weapons, “said the Mexican president.
From the National Palace, the Mexican president assured that this lawsuit filed against 11 arms manufacturers was made with respect for the independence and laws of the United States.
“It is the first time that such an approach has been made, careful, with adherence to legality, respectful of the independence and laws of the United States, “he said.
“I believe that in the Boston court that is going to address this matter, it will resolve, it is not something that has to be resolved soon, it will ask for all the information,” he confided.
The Mexican president argued that in the United States it is a recurring practice that high caliber weapons are sold without any control and even online, which are destined for Mexico.
“It is not going against the amendment that gives Americans the right to carry a weapon, but the way in which these weapons are manufactured and sold that reach our country and they cause deaths because there is no limitation, no control, so they even buy online. We are talking about Barrett 50 and high powered weapons that are introduced to the country“, argument.
In the morning conference Andrés Manuel López Obrador specified that these weapons sold by US companies are made “tailored to the client” and with many luxuries for organized crime organizations in Mexico.
“These companies already make weapons tailored to the clients of Mexico who are dedicated to organized crime with luxuries in the special handles, and they know it, that the destination of those weapons is for our country, which is what we are proposing. “, He said.
It was this Wednesday, August 4, that the Mexican Government presented an unprecedented lawsuit before a federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, against 11 arms manufacturers, among which are: Smith & Wesson Brands, Barret Firearms Manufacturing, Beretta USA, Colt’s Manufacturing Company, Glock Inc, as well as the Boston wholesaler Interstate Arms.
“The main objective is to get companies to stop doing what they are doing, we are not only looking for an economic agreement, but we want not only to repair the damage, but rather that the actions of these companies are modified every day, which, as I have already explained, are being negligent at best ”, said the Mexican Foreign Minister. Marcelo Ebrard at a press conference to announce the demand from Mexico City.
According to data from the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) of Mexico, more than half a million weapons are trafficked each year from the United States to Mexico and are responsible for 17,000 annual homicides in addition to damages equivalent to 1.5% of the Gross Domestic Product ( GDP).
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