Personally, I’d settle for some accountability after Fast & Furious, which, oddly, isn’t even mentioned here. The guns Eric Holder shipped south have killed hundreds more people than James Holmes did, after all.
But Mexico’s president, who has repeatedly called on Washington to tighten gun controls to stop weapons flowing from the United States into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, said U.S. weapons policy needed a rethink after the killings.
“Because of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, the American Congress must review its mistaken legislation on guns. It’s doing damage to us all,” Calderon said.
The presidency of Calderon, who leaves office at the end of November, has been overshadowed by his efforts to crack down on the drug gangs. Fighting among the cartels and their clashes with the state have killed more than 55,000 people since 2007.
In February, Calderon appealed to the United States to halt the flow of arms by unveiling a massive sign on the Mexican-U.S. border reading “No More Weapons!” The letters on the billboard in the city of Ciudad Juarez were made of recycled guns seized by security forces.
Here’s a compromise: We’ll stop sending illegal weapons if you stop sending illegal people. In the meantime, some of our own pols are crassly trying to capitalize on the Aurora shootings. Never let a crisis go to waste.