The Government Accountability Office says most firearms recovered in Mexican drug violence come from the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports. The finding will fuel the debate over U.S. efforts to stem gun trafficking across the border. Drug-related murders have more than doubled to 6,200 last year from 2,700 in 2007, says the GAO.
Mexican officials have pushed for the U.S. to enact tougher gun laws and to help restrict arms smuggling as Mexico battles drug cartels. The availability of firearms illegally flowing from the U.S. into Mexico has emboldened a dangerous criminal element in Mexico said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), chairman of a subcommittee holding a hearing on arms trafficking today. Gun-rights groups have challenged assertions by the Bush and Obama administrations that the U.S. is the source of the vast majority of the weapons fueling the drug-related violence in Mexico.