As Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder visited Mexico yesterday to discuss disarming Mexico’s drug cartels, experts from both sides of the gun-control debate said the measures are missing the mark, the Arizona Republic reports. “It’s hard for me to take all this stuff seriously, considering how incredibly sporadic Mexico is about its own enforcement of its own border,” said David Kopel of the Independence Institute, a Colorado think tank that advocates for gun rights.
The U.S. should pressure Mexico to stop complaining about border fences; crack down on corrupt Mexican cops who sell their weapons; and stop tolerating migrant smugglers, Kopel and other gun-rights advocate say. On the gun-control side, The U.S. should prohibit person-to-person sales of weapons and flood gun shows with federal agents, said Garen Wintemute of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California-Davis Medical Center. “We need to close the secondary gun market in the United States – the purchases that are not made through licensed retailers,” he said.