Mexican President Tells the U.S.A. “No More Weapons” With Huge Sign

By CTD Mike published on in News

Last week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon spoke at the unveiling of a huge sign reading “No More Weapons.” Located in the city of Juarez, the sign faces towards the U.S. and is constructed from thousands of confiscated firearms which have been melted and welded together to form the letters.

No More Weapons Sign

President Felipe Calderon speaks in front of the No More Weapons sign

Calderon stated in his speech, “Dear friends of the United States, Mexico needs your help to stop this terrible violence that we’re suffering. The best way to do this is to stop the flow of automatic weapons into Mexico.”

The Mexican government claims that the flow of weapons from the United States to Mexico can reach up to 2,000 firearms a day. Fifty thousand people have been killed in vicious fighting between government forces and drug cartels in the past five years. That’s 10 times as many deaths as U.S. forces suffered in nearly a decade of war in Iraq. Our government claims that 70% of all confiscated weapons in Mexico can be traced to the United States. Independent analysis shows that the 70% figure reflects a percentage of firearms trace requests made from the Mexican government to ours. Because only firearms that are likely to be traced to the U.S. civilian market undergo the trace process, the percentage of total weapons coming across the border is still truly unknown. There is no point in submitting a trace request to the BATFE for a fully-automatic Chinese AK with no markings in English, or a Russian PKM machine gun. One independent analysis found that only 17% of firearms found at Mexican crime scenes are ever successfully traced back to the U.S.A.

Welder welding guns together

A worker welds melted guns to form a letter. Look closely and you can see two Uzis and at least three HK G3 receivers. Did they come from the USA?

Mexican gun laws are extremely strict. Legal possession of firearms greater than .22 LR caliber is nearly impossible unless you are wealthy and well-connected. Nevertheless, the country is most certainly awash in illegal weapons of all kinds, including belt-fed heavy machine guns, large-caliber sniper rifles, and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. In many parts of the country, the government’s presence is severely outweighed by the heavily armed drug cartels, who not only out-gun the legitimate government but can easily out-spend it as well. Watchdog groups have concluded that the cartel’s intelligence gathering abilities far outstrip the Mexican government’s capabilities. This means the drug lords know more about the police and military forces chasing them than the police know about the cartels, and the situation is getting worse. Corruption is rampant; around 150,000 Mexican troops have defected to the cartels in the past five years, most of them taking their American government supplied service rifles with them.

Last year President Obama responded to Calderon’s pleas for tighter restrictions on American gun sales. The BATFE now requires gun dealers in states bordering Mexico to report all sales of two or more semi-automatic rifles to the same person within five business days. The report is only triggered if the rifles are larger than .22 LR caliber and use detachable magazines. BATFE agents have been visiting the addresses of buyers whose names appear on the reports to check if they are re-selling those firearms without paperwork. The NRA and a group of federally licensed dealers in the southwest have sued the BATFE over the reporting requirement, claiming that there is no legal authorization anywhere in the Federal Code for the reports.

Calderon referenced the expired federal “assault weapons ban” in his speech in front of the “No More Weapons” sign last week. He concluded by saying, “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!”

Calderon, Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and others seem to believe that a ban on certain rifle features such as bayonet lugs, flash hiders, and folding stocks will somehow stop the flow of machine guns, grenades, and rocket launchers into Mexico. On the other hand, the Mexican cartels now have decades of experience successfully smuggling illegal contraband drugs all over the world, and returning an almost limitless supply of cash money from the sale of those drugs back into their own pockets. They can and do use this money to buy anything that is for sale, anywhere, and have it brought back to them through the same channels that traffic in drugs.

In this writer’s personal opinion, changing the Federal gun laws which affect only the law-abiding civilian market in the U.S. will have no effect on the ability of these powerful crime organizations to procure weapons of war. Considering the vast resources of the cartels and their worldwide smuggling network, even a total ban on all firearm sales in the U.S. would have a negligible impact on cartel-related violence in Mexico. In many parts of Mexico the cartels are the de facto law of the land, and they rule over the law-abiding citizenry with an iron fist of terror. I stand with a small but growing Mexican grassroots movement asking Mexico to allow its good citizens to defend themselves against the cartels, and join with their legitimately elected government in pushing back the power of the criminals. In my opinion, building a naive sign blaming the north for Mexico’s troubles only shows more weakness on the part of Calderon, who is clearly looking for a way to keep the cartels from gaining total control. Platitudes such as this sign, and even the BATFE’s multiple sales reporting requirement here, are simply publicity stunts to make politicians look good for a fifteen second TV news blub, and distract the people’s attention from the fact that those politicians have no tangible plan at all to solve Mexico’s problems. The Mexican government needs to stop grandstanding and make real changes to win the support of its own people. They must ask for real help from the international community in combating these powerful criminals whose reach extends around the whole world, or they risk Mexico becoming the Afghanistan of Central America.

If you could build a huge sign to point from your town towards the city of Juarez, what would it read? What would you tell Calderon? What would you tell the people of Mexico?

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Comments (37)

  • GCR

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    If they want us to stop with guns coming to their country tell them to step up and control their citizens and control their side of the border. Wow. When you see the news media why are we on the US trying to control people coming in and you dont see Mexico handling their own side. . I dont see Mexico trying to round up the mexican illegals coming to our states..They are allowing them to come to our side. Stop that and then lets talk about the guns.

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  • David P.Curcione

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    1. The Mexico Groverment should be accountable for the Dope Carriers of the Mexican Citizens Smuggle Camping Bages of Dope into the U.S.A. Along the 2000 Miles Boeder too! True!!!! We Shoulde Used The Air Force Drowns Robot Planes Vehicles to Patrolled The U.S.A Border Of Mexico & U.S.A. Border is 2000 Miles long too! The Canada & U.S.A Border is 3000 Miles Long too! There SWhould be a Fence With U.S.A.U.S. National Guard Troops: Troops Every 1000 Yards Apart too! They Should used Drown Planes to Patrolled! The Guns Do get acrossed the Border of U.S.A & Mexico Border to is Involved Four States to; true!!! They import WEAPONs of Foreign Cargo Ships from other Nations of other counties too! This is True!!! too!!!!! They Get Weapons from Other Nations in Aisa,Eurpean Counties, Affercia Nations of Gun Mfgs to true!!!!

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  • Rufus

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    Where you from David? dont sound like your from around here

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  • David P.Curcione

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    1.All Class-01,(01)Regular Gun Dealers Import& export Licences (08) Applications is,Off Limits too! And becanncelled too Canncelled too! All CLass-03 is(09)Licences Option Gun Dealers inport & Export Licences of (011) Applications,Renuals is off Limits too!! is Canncelled,out immeadly by the U.S.A. Athorities of U.S.A. Treasury Will Very Stricted Polices of Sending Illegal Guns To Mexico with out U.S.A Permission first too! They Say No!!! Sending Illegal Guns to Across The U.S.A. & Mexico Border too! Is a,U.S.A, Criminal Affence too! The Sending Illegal Guns to Mexico with out Permission too!:, Is Mexican Criminal Affence, if caught with a illegal Weapon in the Country too! True!! They will not Toliated at all too! The U.S.A. Groverment Will Cancelled Applications Froms out From All Retailers Gun Dealers Busineses to Are Regulares too! is (08)Licences is no more too! The Class-03 is(09) Option GunDealers is Fullauto”s GunDealers only too! There Import & Export Licences is; (011) too!! Not be given out to these Gun Dealers of (01) &(09) too! Applications are cut off For good too! By the U.S.A. Groverments Will Enforeded Those Rules Been Change for Good! I agreed!!! It time to Punished Bad Roge Gun Dealers Retailers Like to break Federal Laws Of Importing & Exporting Gun the Woong Ways is bogus Way too! This Must Stop Immeadly Now Before It to Late to stop other Bad Nations May catch on it too! This like a Deeased can grow very Fast too True!!!!! Stricter Laws Of Not Giving Licences Applications on (08) & (011) Should not be easy to Get Quick agreed!Solution is Make it Harder to applyed or Get it Finished too! Agreed!! Strcter Laws Laws Make it Harded to Applyed for there Licences too! Import&Export Licences of (08)& option Licences is (011) too! And Mfg Licences too! is included too! Mfg Guns are: (07) & (010) & (020) too!Ammo is Mfg os (06)Mfg Licences too! They Should Difficult to Apply for thoses Extention Licences For All Gun Dealers Retailers Busineses too! Are Class-01 &(01) Regulares! Optiom Gun Dealers Are Lawenforcement Are (09)’s too! I do agreed!!! Not all of Can”t Be Trusted at all this is True!!! One Reason is Mexican Incident is very serios problems is too! The internationa Laws are Broked too! By the 2000 Mile Border of Four States is CaLiforina, Arizonia,New Mexico, Taxes, State to are Involvered With this Crime sean Criminals Activatcy getting Bigger to true!!! Wake up American Lawenforcement Athorites too! This will not go away !

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  • David P.Curcione

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    1.All Class-01,(01)Regular Gun Dealers Import& export Licences (08) Applications is,Off Limits too! And becanncelled too Canncelled too! All CLass-03 is(09)Licences Option Gun Dealers inport & Export Licences of (011) Applications,Renuals is off Limits too!! is Canncelled,out immeadly by the U.S.A. Athorities of U.S.A. Treasury Will Very Stricted Polices of Sending Illegal Guns To Mexico with out U.S.A Permission first too! They Say No!!! Sending Illegal Guns to Across The U.S.A. & Mexico Border too! Is a,U.S.A, Criminal Affence too! The Sending Illegal Guns to Mexico with out Permission too!:, Is Mexican Criminal Affence, if caught with a illegal Weapon in the Country too! True!! They will not Toliated at all too! The U.S.A. Groverment Will Cancelled Applications Froms out From All Retailers Gun Dealers Busineses to Are Regulares too! is (08)Licences is no more too! The Class-03 is(09) Option GunDealers is Fullauto”s GunDealers only too! There Import & Export Licences is; (011) too!! Not be given out to these Gun Dealers of (01) &(09) too! Applications are cut off For good too! By the U.S.A. Groverments Will Enforeded Those Rules Been Change for Good! I agreed!!! It time to Punished Bad Roge Gun Dealers Retailers Like to break Federal Laws Of Importing & Exporting Gun the Woong Ways is bogus Way too! This Must Stop Immeadly Now Before It to Late to stop other Bad Nations May catch on it too! This like a Deeased can grow very Fast too True!!!!! Stricter Laws Of Not Giving Licences Applications on (08) & (011) Should not be easy to Get Quick agreed!Solution is Make it Harder to applyed or Get it Finished too! Agreed!! Strcter Laws Laws Make it Harded to Applyed for there Licences too! Import&Export Licences of (08)& option Licences is (011) too! And Mfg Licences too! is included too! Mfg Guns are: (07) & (010) & (020) too!Ammo is Mfg os (06)Mfg Licences too! They Should Difficult to Apply for thoses Extention Licences For All Gun Dealers Retailers Busineses too! Are Class-01 &(01) Regulares! Optiom Gun Dealers Are Lawenforcement Are (09)’s too! I do agreed!!! Not all of Can”t Be Trusted at all this is True!!! One Reason is Mexican Incident is very serios problems is too! The internationa Laws are Broked too! By the 2000 Mile Border of Four States is CaLiforina, Arizonia,New Mexico, Taxes, State to are Involvered With this Crime sean Criminals Activatcy getting Bigger to true!!! Wake up American Lawenforcement Athorites too! This will not go away so Easly as you Think it wil go away too! This Bogus Answer! True!!!

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  • Gun Shy Tourist

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    Mr Calderone must have run out of letters, or just forgot to finish the sign. It should have read “No More Walked Weapons Eric, Janet, and ATF”.

    Maybe he should have also added “and corrupt Mexican police and military who sell guns to narco terrorists”.

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  • Mike

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    How about if they do something constructive like stopping the flow of Illegal Aliens comeing here.

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