Thursday, February 16, 2012
"NO MORE WEAPONS"
Today President Felipe Calderon inaugurated a sign in English with the plea "No More Weapons!" directed to the United States on the border between both nations in Ciudad Juarez.
The sign, forged from the metal of confiscated weapons, will greet traffic on the southern end of the Americas International bridge that connects Juarez with El Paso, Texas.
Flanked by members of his national security team, the mayor of Juarez and the Governor of Chihuahua, Calderon launched a new demand that the United States do everything in its power to end the trafficking of arms into Mexico.
In his speech the President stated that Mexico had done everything possible to halt the vortex of violence that is hammering the country and delivered a "new and respectful call to action to the U.S. government, congress and society" to contribute to this effort.
Calderon insisted that weapons from the U.S. empower criminal organizations who kill not only rivals but also police officers and innocent civilians. He added that many of the weapons sold in the U.S. marketplace are not bought by responsible citizens who will use the weapons correctly.
"We need your help to stop this violence," said Calderon.
"The best way you can help to reduce the violence in Mexico is with a law that was previously in effect and that will stop this inhumane trafficking of arms into Mexico. No More Weapons!," added the President, possibly alluding to the expired assault weapons ban.