President Barack Obama, speaking in Mexico City on Friday, said the United States is responsible for much of the crime and violence in Mexico because of the demand for drugs and the illegal smuggling of guns across the southern border.
He told the crowd, “We understand that the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico for which so many Mexicans have suffered is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States.” He later added, “We also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.”
Obama acknowledged the illegal smuggling of guns into Mexico by American criminals, but did not mention the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious that allowed the flow of about 2,000 U.S. guns to Mexican drug trafficking organizations. Fast and Furious began in the fall of 2009 and was halted in December 2010 after two of the weapons from the DOJ gun walking program were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
“In the United States, we understand our responsibilities. We understand that the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico for which so many Mexicans have suffered is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States,” Obama said. “So we’ve got to continue to make progress on that front.”
Obama opposes legalizing drugs, but wants to approach the matter beyond just law enforcement.
“I’ve been asked, and I honestly do not believe that legalizing drugs is the answer,” the president said. “But I do believe that a comprehensive approach, not just law enforcement, but education and prevention and treatment, that’s what we have to do. We’re going to have to stay at it, because of the lives of our children and the futures of our nations depend on it.”
He went on to talk about America’s role in fueling gun violence in Mexico and pledged to the Mexican people to push harder for gun control in his own country, referencing the Second Amendment.
“We also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” Obama said. “I think many of you know that in America, the Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. As president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.
“But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common sense reforms to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people that can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do,” he said.
“We’ll keep increasing the pressure on gun traffickers who bring illegal guns into Mexico. We’ll keep putting these criminals where they belong, behind bars,” the president added.
Last month, an Obama-backed gun control measure for stricter background checks failed to pass the democratically controlled Senate.
8 thoughts on “Obama: Americans ‘Are Root Cause of Violence That’s Been Happening Here in Mexico”
Dear Obama, you are truly a treasonous piece of shit. You shouldn’t be “serving” from the highest branch, you should be swinging from it.
Wow, you said it. Amen, girl.
Obama should be required to post a disclaimer on everything he says, indicating that everything he says represents at best the opinions of only a very small percentage of the American people or possibly only himself.
What a HIGH level of hypocrisy spoken by the Imposter-in-Chief !! I believe he was part of the “choom gang” in his college days, when you were required to inhale deeply so as not to waste the good weed. And his treasonous AG enabled those guns to walk across the border to the drug cartels, and puleeeze don’t tell me he didn’t know and approve of it. Our own CIA is one of the biggest drug dealers in the world, and we are one of the biggest arms dealers also-can anyone say “Benghazi”?? Don’t blame true American patriots for the acts of this treasonous government-look deeply into the mirror BS! And did he mention that “we will keep pursuing the gun traffickers, and put them where they belong-behind bars”? That should be pretty easy even for the Keystone Cops in the FBI-grab Eric Holder first, he’s right there in DC. (hint, hint)7
Hang the piece of shit for high treason! I recommend the Empire State Building.
Hell no NC, Hang that imposter obama from the Statue of Liberty
That way, the last thing he’ll see is the face of Queen Semararis.
Fast and furious was ONE of likely hundreds of gun running operations that ATF & Homeland insecurity conducted, but this one – ,they got caught. When they leave the borders WIDE OPEN, they invite this gun and drug running of CIA to continue unabated. So, Osama / Obama is right, most of the guns that end up in Mexico really do come from America, all complements of CIA, FBI, ATF & DHS.