Where do the guns in Mexico come from? Mainly the U.S.

A new congressionally commissioned report has some interesting statistics on the weapons fueling Mexico’s ever-bloodier drug war, including this: 70 percent of the firearms recovered in Mexico originated in the United States. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are behind the report. "Congress has been virtually moribund while powerful Mexican ...

A new congressionally commissioned report has some interesting statistics on the weapons fueling Mexico's ever-bloodier drug war, including this: 70 percent of the firearms recovered in Mexico originated in the United States. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are behind the report.

"Congress has been virtually moribund while powerful Mexican drug trafficking organizations continue to gain unfettered access to military-style firearms coming from the United States," Senator Feinstein said in a statement. 

A new congressionally commissioned report has some interesting statistics on the weapons fueling Mexico’s ever-bloodier drug war, including this: 70 percent of the firearms recovered in Mexico originated in the United States. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are behind the report.

"Congress has been virtually moribund while powerful Mexican drug trafficking organizations continue to gain unfettered access to military-style firearms coming from the United States," Senator Feinstein said in a statement. 

Some facts:

– 20,504 out 29,284 firearms recovered in Mexico in the past two years came from the U.S.

– 15,131 of those weapons were made in the U.S.

– 5,373 were foreign made but came through the U.S. (the remainder were of "undetermined origin").

– The firearms overwhelmingly came from the southwest U.S. The top three states were Texas (39 percent); California (20 percent); and Arizona (10 percent).

– 34,612 people have died in organized crime-related killings since Dec. 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon took office.

– 2010 was the bloodiest year yet in Mexico. Killings jumped 60 percent from the year before, with 15,273 people killed, up from 9,616.

Robert Zeliger is News Editor of Foreign Policy.

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