It’s near impossible to legally purchase a gun in Mexico.
There’s only one legal gun store in the country, and guns have been regulated since 1974.
Because of this, very few households have firearms – most of them illegal – and most of the weapons are in the hands of military or federalse. The Atlantic reports:
Mexico can hardly be described as a heavily armed society. With around 2.5 million registered gun owners and at least 13 million more illegal arms in circulation, the country has a ratio of just 15 guns for every 100 people, well below the global average. Unlike in the U.S., civilian possession in Mexico is considered a privilege, not a right and is tightly regulated under federal law since the 1970s. Extensive background checks are required of all purchasers, and there are heavy penalties and even imprisonment for non-compliance. Astonishingly, there is just one legal gun shop in the country, compared to more than 54,000 federally licensed firearm dealers and thousands of pawnshops and gun shows scattered across the U.S.
Given the strict gun control in Mexico, the argument that gun reduces gun crime must be proven to be true, but that is hardly the case.
here’s the only way you can legally purchase a gun in Mexico:
You have to go to the only gun store in the country – on an army base in Mexico City. You can legally buy a gun and no more than two boxes of ammunition. You need your voter ID card, then a letter from your local police department asserting you have no criminal record. Then, you register the gun so the government knows who you are and what you purchased.
You have between 24 and 72 hours to get the gun back to your home. You do not have the right to take it outside your home or carry it anywhere. If you want to go target shooting or hunting, you need to be a member of a registered club and even then there are strong restrictions.
So you’d think with all their gun restrictions and the relatively few number of guns in circulation among the civilian population, that gun crime would be nonexistent in Mexico.
But that is not the case. Not be a long shot.
Homicide rates in Mexico are double that of the United States.
Not only that, but Homicides in some Mexican states are ten times greater than the United States average.
Just look at the difference between border states and Mexico
Now, look at the homicide rate right along the border.
The truth is that the homicide rate along the U.S. side of the Mexican border is lower than the U.S. average.
Arguments that huge numbers of guns in Mexico come from the United States are simply not true. In fact, more guns flow north than south, The Washington Post reports.
Here’s an analysis from Paris Alejandro Salazar at Borderland Beat:
During the 43 months of Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, there have been 66,433 murders recognized by the federal government and the state prosecutors, and 2016 is aiming to be the most violent year so far of EPN’s presidential term. Intentional homicides increased 14% in comparison to 2015, which had been the most violent, in 2016, a murder is committed every 25 minutes.
According to the National Public Security System (SNSP), from January to June 2015, 8,979 murders were committed, while in the same period of 2016, 10,301 were committed, ie, 1,322 more than the previous year.
Mexico on average experiences 56 murders a day, representing a murder every 25 minutes.
Throughout 2015, 18,665 murders were committed, while in the first six months of 2016, there have been 10,301 intentional homicides reported, representing an increase of 55.1% of the total of last year.
With 18,665 murders in 2015, it was placed as the most violent year of the administration of EPN; followed by 2013, with 18,447 murders; followed by 2014, with 17,324; and in December of 2012, with 1,696.
So the next time someone on the left tells you that reducing the number of people selling guns, requiring background checks or eliminating the right to carry will fix things, ask them how things are working south of the border.