In an apparent extension of his 2009 apology tour, President Barack Obama blamed the United States for the spate of violence Mexico has experienced in recent years during a speech he delivered in Mexico City Friday.
“We understand that the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico for which so many Mexicans have suffered is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States,” he said, according to CNS News.
“We also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.” The president made no mention of Operation Fast and Furious during which some 2,000 weapons were allowed to walk across the border with the Justice Department’s full blessing.
At this point, Obama recognized that the Constitutional grants U.S. citizens the right to bear arms, and reaffirmed his oath to support the Constitution, but then added the following:
“But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common sense reforms to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people that can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do,” he said.
“We’ll keep increasing the pressure on gun traffickers who bring illegal guns into Mexico. We’ll keep putting these criminals where they belong, behind bars,” the president added.
The president is in Mexico promoting immigration reform.
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