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Stop U.S.-Fueled Violence in Mexico

Man at podium holds up broken AK-47
Javier Sicilia holds up a broken AK-47.

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Policymakers in Washington know that the Mexican state and armed forces are deeply involved in widespread crimes, and also that they have committed serious violations with weapons sold by the U.S. Yet since 2012, Washington has sold billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment to those same forces.

New resource: Stop US Guns to Mexico slide presentation. Download here.

Where the Guns Go: U.S. Policy and Human Rights in Mexico

Where The Guns Go from Encinal on Vimeo.

Action [español aquí]

U.S. Gun Makes Exported to Mexico, 2007-2017
This interactive map shows gun companies and the number of guns they exported to Mexico that were sold to (mostly) Mexican policy and to private individuals. Source of data is the Mexican military; gun company locations are from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Click on a gun icon to see the number of guns sold to Mexican police and individuals by year and type.

For Deeper Knowledge [español aquí]

"U.S. gun industry wants a bigger piece of the world's arms trade," Sarah Okeson, Salon, June 1, 2018.

"American Guns Are Fueling Record Homicides in Mexico. Experts Urge White House to Take Action," Alex Yablon, The Trace, May 25, 2018.

"Trump Opens Door For U.S. Gun Industry to Sell More Firearms Abroad," Travis Waldron and Nick Wing, Huffington Post, May 24, 2018.

"There is only one gun store in all of Mexico. So why is gun violence soaring?" Kate Linthicum, The Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2018.

"Deregulating firearms exports risks putting guns in the wrong hands," William D. Hartung, The Hill, May 24, 2018.

"Trump rule change opens door for more gun exports," Dan Freedman, ctpost, May 19, 2018.

"Arms Transfer Initiative Would Help U.S. Gun Industry Market Its Militarized Firearms Globally," Violence Policy Center and Global Exchange, May 15, 2018.

"In Mexico, frustration with Trump grows as relations reach a 'defining moment,'" Joshua Partlow, The Washington Post, May 10, 2018.

U.S. Approves $1.2 billion helicopter sale to Mexican Navy, Department of Defense press release, April 19, 2018.

"German arms-maker accused of gun smuggling," Lars-Martin Nagel, Handelsblatt Global, April 13, 2018.

"The Other Border Problem: American Guns Going to Mexico," by Ioan Grillo, The New York Times, April 11, 2018.

American Made: How are US guns fueling violence in Mexico?, Al Jazeera: The Stream, April 5, 2018.

"America's guns: Made in the US, killing in Mexico," by John Lindsay-Poland, Al Jazeera, March 28, 2018.

"The Link Between America's Lax Gun Laws and the Violence that Fuels Immigration," by Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, March 22, 2018.

America's Guns: Arming Mexico's Cartels, a film by People and Power (Al Jazeera English), March 20, 2018.

Beyond Our Borders: How Weak U.S. Gun Law Contribute to Violent Crime Abroad, issue brief by Chelsea Parsons and Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Center for America Progress, February 2, 2018.

"Illegal Firearms Flowing into Mexico are Made in the U.S.," CGTN America, video report, January 30, 2018.

“Trump to call on Pentagon, diplomats to play bigger arms sales role,” Mike Stone and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters, January 8, 2018.

"Trump to unleash more global arms sales," by Bryan Bender and Tara Palmeri, Politico, 29 September 2017.

"Five dangers of giving the Commerce Department oversight of firearms exports," by Colby Goodman and Rachel Stohl, Defense News, 25 September 2017.

"Ethical Gun Dealer? Machine gun giant Heckler & Koch will no longer sell in 'crisis regions,'" by Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, 21 September 2017.

"Guns, Not Just Bullets, Need Sig Sauer's Attention," Arnie Alpert and John Lindsay-Poland, Concord Monitor, 23 July 2017.

"GOP Budget Rider Could Cripple Efforts to Keep U.S. Guns Out of Mexico," Alex Yablon, The Trace, 25 July 2017.

"Mexico Losing the Fight Against Illegal Firearms," Insight Crime, 15 June 2017.

Lawmakers Urge Border States to Act to Stop Gun Trafficking to Mexico, press release and Congressional letter, 14 June 2017.

"Mexican Mother Pleads with U.S. to Stem Flow of Firearms," Howard Altschiller, Portsmouth Herald, 4 June 2017.

"American Guns Drive the Migrant Crisis that Trump Wants to Fix with a Wall," Alex Yablon, The Trace, 25 May 2017.

"American Guns Mean Mexican Slaughter," 60-minute radio interview with Maria Herrera, John Lindsay-Poland and Carlos Pérez Ricart on Burt Cohen's Portsmouth, NH program, Keeping Democracy Alive, 22 May 2017.

"Block the Weapons," Javier Sicilia, Proceso, 26 February 2017.

How Trump is fueling our costly international drug war, AFSC Blog, 23 February 2017

Is the Mexican Army Helping to Pay for the Wall?, 20 February 2017

Fact Sheet on Sig Sauer Arms Exports to Mexico, February 2017

"On Mexican Security," Sergio Aguayo, La Reforma, 8 February 2017.

"Armed Violence in Mexico Fact Sheet 2016," Desarma México, December 2016.

"Will the United States Massively Arm the Mexican Military?" Demilitarize!, December 2016.

Where the Guns Go: U.S. Arms and the Crisis of Violence in MexicoNovember 2016.

"Washington and Mexico's Human Rights Crisis," Demilitarize!, 18 August 2016.

"Mexican Military Runs Up Body Count in Drug War," The New York Times, 27 May 2016.

"Latin America's Fatal Gun Addiction: The United States' Deadliest Export," Foreign Affairs, 27 May 2016.

"Mexico Denies Human Rights Crisis as Criticism Mounts," Demilitarize!, 29 April 2016.

"Inquiry Challenges Mexico's Account of How 43 Students Vanished," The New York Times, 24 April 2016.

"Hillary Clinton's Dark Drug War Legacy in Mexico," Foreign Policy in Focus, 1 March 2016.

Situation of Human Rights in Mexico,Inter-American Human Rights Commission, March 2016.

US Efforts to Combat Firearms Trafficking to Mexico Have Improved, but Some Collaboration Challenges Remain, Government Accountability Office, January 2016.

U.S.-Mexican Security Cooperation: The Mérida Initiative and Beyond, Congressional Research Service, January 2016.

“Supplying the World’s Third Most Deadly Conflict,” Campaign Against the Arms Trade, 11 September 2015.

"German gunmaker Sig Sauer faces criminal charges over Mexico drug killings," DW, 31 August 2015.

“Gun Running Nation,” WOLA and Violence Policy Center, July 2015.

"One Year After Tlatlaya: The Order Was to Kill," Centro PRODH, July 2015.

“What’s Behind Mexican Military’s Buying Binge?” Washington Post, 15 June 2015.

“German Rifles Seized in Mexico Call US Exports into Question,” Security Assistance Monitor, 23 July 2015.

The Way of the Gun: Estimating Firearms Traffic Across the U.S.-Mexico Border, Trans-Border Institute, 2013

Mexican press and human rights reports on indiscriminate helicopter attacks


Data and Geeky Stuff

 "Cross-Border Spillover: U.S. Gun Laws and Violence in Mexico," Arindrajit Dube, et. al., 2013.

Jurgen Brauer, “The US Firearms Industry: Production and Supply,” Small Arms Survey, 2013.


Web Sites to Check Out [español aquí]

School of the Americas Watch

Ayotzinapa Timeline

Forum on the Arms Trade

Campaign to Unload

Unload Your 401k

Contact UsAFSC Wage Peace San Francisco


Thursday May 10, 7pm, "Where the Guns Go: Engaging the Intersections of Gun Violence across Greater Mexico," at MOSAIC on the San Jose State University campus

Sunday, May 6, 7pm, “Demilitarizing Policing - California and Mexico”, hosted by Peace Action of San Mateo County, Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue in San Mateo

Thur. April 19, 2018 7:00 pm, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos. Free. Details here.
Tues. February 27, 2018, 1:00 pm, UCLA, 10383 Bunch Hall, Los Angeles. Details here.
Wed. February 28, 2018, 6:00 pm, AFSC San Diego, 3850 Westgate Pl., San Diego. Details here.

Bay Area Series: 
Mapping Borders and Connections: Mexico and the United States

A five-session program  in the Fall of 2017 maped the borders that separate us in Mexico and the United States, our connections across those borders, the destruction wrought by guns and the drug war, and our actions responding to these realities.  ‘Mapping Borders and Connections’ worked with participants from the US and Mexico in the Bay Area to map routes of migration, of arms, of drugs, and of action. More information.

1. Tues. September 26, 2017: Routes of disappearance and search 
2. Tues. October 10: Routes of Migrants
3. Sat. October 28: Routes of Arms 
4. Tues. November 14: Routes of Drugs 
5. Tues. December 5: Routes of Action

"Disappearances in Mexico: The Case of Ayotzinapa"
Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández presents her book What Really Happened in Iguala

Anabel Hernández

Tuesday May 2, 2017, 7 pm
Global Exchange
901 Mission St. (at 5th), San Francisco (map)
Also presenting the AFSC documentary: “Where the Guns Go.”   

Wednesday May 3, 12 pm
UC Berkeley, Spanish and Portuguese Library/ 5125 Dwinelle (map)
Also presenting: “Where the Guns Go.”

Wednesday May 3, 7 pm
Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd., Oakland (map)

Sponsored by: American Friends Service Committee, UC Berkeley Spanish Department, 67 Sueños, Global Exchange, Escuelita Comunitaria, School of the Americas Watch, Oakland Catholic Worker.

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