The Houston Chronicle (Blog)
Mexican President Felipe Calderon today linked the spike in drug-related violence in Mexico to the 2004 expiration of the U.S. ban on the sale of assault weapons.
Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Calderon said U.S. guns have contributed to the bloody narco-terror wars on Mexican soil. He praised President Obama for attempting to crack down on the smuggling of American weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
At a joint press conference with U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Mexican leader declared the end of the assault weapons ban coincided with “the beginning of the harshest period” of the drug war and that “the vast majority of these weapons were sold” in the U.S.
Saying that the flow of weapons from north of the Rio Grande is “one of the greatest obstacles” to the Mexican government’s anti-cartel efforts, Calderon noted that there are nine weapons stores in the U.S. for each Walmart store in the U.S. and Mexico.
Photos: Drone boat, surveillance gear displayed at Border Security Expo
PHOENIX — For two days, the latest and greatest in border security will be on display in downtown Phoenix.
The 6th Annual Border Security Expo runs Tuesday and Wednesday at the Phoenix Convention Center and features more than 100 exhibitors displaying a variety of equipment available to assist law enforcement officers in their jobs.
Representatives from more than 40 states and 15 countries are attending the event.
They will see things like an unmanned patrol boat, along with surveillance cameras and radar systems that can spot a person or vehicle at a distance of eight miles.
There is also a variety of vehicles designed for desert driving and equiped with attack gear like .50-caliber machine guns
Organizer Michael Rosenberg said in the past five years, this expo has become the largest of its kind in the world.
Along with beefed-up border security, new protection for police officers is also on hand, including a car deemed by Motorola Solutions as a “Smart Car.” It’s a police car that responds to verbal commands and uses cameras to capture license plate numbers and run them automatically.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer spoke at the expo on Tuesday to a room of law enforcement and those in the border technology industry.
Brewer told the audience that the immigration issue isn’t about prejudice but about securing the border and keeping Americans safe.
She said that no amount of distortion can hide the absolute truth — that Republicans and Democrats alike in Washington “have failed every single American.”
Brewer said that has resulted in overburdened emergency rooms, immigrant-related crime happening in Americans’ backyards and taxpayers having to foot the bill.