Mexican officials have long blamed lax gun laws in the US for the availability of weapons in Mexico, which has only one gun store and considers gun ownership a privilege, not a right.
By Tim Johnson / McClatchy
MEXICO CITY – Some 2.2 percent of all US gun sales are made to smuggling rings that take firearms to Mexico, a scale of illegal trafficking that’s “much higher than widely assumed,” an academic study released Monday found.
An average of 253,000 weapons purchased in the United States head south of the border each year, according to the study [...]
by George Mantor / Zero Hedge
If I were a high level criminal, I would sleep with a life-sized blow-up doll of Eric Holder. How could I not love this man?
When it comes to the drug war, we wouldn’t even have one, and that would be very, very bad for very, very big business.
Prohibition is good for big business. It allows for the creation of extraordinary after cost profits while keeping competitors under control.
When you can grow your own weed or get it from your neighbor, the profit drains out of it. If you [...]
By PAUL MCENROE / Star Tribune
Pedro Ayala, a drug trafficker known to punish disloyal street dealers by pouring boiling water down their throats, had a reach that awed FBI agents. Here was a kingpin who could dial a number from Brooklyn Park and reach a Mexican cartel lieutenant in three rings of his cellphone.
After months of surveillance and wiretaps, federal agents had unraveled a spider web by which the cartel La Familia smuggled millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine from Mexico to Minnesota, then through Ayala and a St. Paul gang called Menace of [...]
by Radley Balko / Huffington Post
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States. Starting Wednesday, ACLU affiliates in 23 states are sending open records requests to hundreds of state and local police agencies requesting information about their SWAT teams, such as how often and for what reasons they’re deployed, what types of weapons they use, how often citizens are injured during SWAT raids, and how they’re funded. More affiliates may join the effort in the coming weeks.
Additionally, the affiliates will ask for information [...]
By Mariano Castillo / CNN
(CNN) — Answers have been elusive on what may have contributed to the February 15, 2011, ambush that killed a U.S. agent and injured another while on assignment in Mexico.
Was Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata’s death due in part to negligence by his supervisors? Do the U.S. gun shops that sold the weapons used in the attack share some responsibility? What about the armored vehicle company whose SUV failed to protect the agents?
Now, the family of the slain agent, in a $75 billion lawsuit filed Tuesday, alleges [...]
ATIMONAN, Philippines — Philippine army special forces and police killed 13 suspected criminals in a fierce gunbattle Sunday in a northeastern province in the latest violence to erupt in the country in recent days.
A police officer was wounded in the shootout, which raged for about 20 minutes in the coastal town of Atimonan in Quezon province, about 140 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Manila, the capital, according to the police and the army.
The gunmen, who were riding in two black SUVs, opened fire on more than 50 army soldiers and police when they were flagged [...]
1/05/2013 (videos at the end)
A gunman barricaded inside his Colorado home fired shots at police from a second-story window before he was killed as SWAT officers stormed the home Saturday. Once inside, they found the bodies of three other adults, authorities said.
The suspect was identified to KDVR.com as Sonny Archuleta. He allegedly held officers at bay for nearly six hours after neighbors reported gunfire at 3 a.m. inside the modest townhome in the Denver suburb of Aurora, said police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson.
It wasn’t known if officers shot the suspect or if he shot himself.
Manila, Pillipines – A man with domestic problems fatally shot eight people, including a pregnant woman and two children, after taking alcohol and drugs in a rampage Friday near the Philippine capital that ended when he was shot dead by police, officials said.
At least eight other people were wounded in Kawit township, about 10 miles south of Manila, Cavite provincial Gov. Jonvic Remulla said.
The violence happened days after the death of a 7-year-old girl who was hit in the head by a stray bullet during New Year’s Eve revelry in Manila sparked public criticism over [...]
Greece, NY (Democrat and Chronicle) — A New York woman was charged Friday with lying on federal forms she filed when buying two of the guns that William Spengler Jr. used in the Christmas Eve shooting of four volunteer firefighters.
Federal prosecutors allege Dawn Nguyen, 24, of Greece, bought the Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle and the Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun that Spengler used in his attack, and that Spengler accompanied her during the purchase at a Gander Mountain store in Henrietta, NY in June 2010.
Nguyen had lived next door to Spengler on Lake Road until recently.
The guns [...]
by Mike Guy / The Fix
On Christmas Eve, William Spengler, Jr., set fire to his house and car in the western New York State town of Webster. When the volunteer fire department responded to the blaze, he greeted them with a hail of bullets from a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle, killing two and wounding two more before turning the gun on himself.
While investigators have assembled elements of the hideous crime—including revelations that Spengler had served 18 years in prison for killing his grandmother, and stated in a suicide note that what he does best is [...]