How U.S. Guns Get to Mexico

In Mexico today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the United States and Mexico have a shared responsibility for combating organized criminal groups in Mexico. The demand for drugs here in the United States — and the supply of weapons from the States to Mexico — are contributing to instability south of the U.S. border.

As it happens, Susan Ginsburg of the Migration Policy Institute is an expert on guns smuggling. She explained how, exactly, guns purchased in the United States end up in the hands of Mexican organized criminal groups.

Her recommendations include fairly small-bore changes to existing gun laws in the United States. No doubt, however, these changes would be opposed every step of the way by the National Rifle Association.