Aug 11, 2011

Mexican ¨Peace Movement: Mexican actor, Diego Luna, and Poet, Javier Sicilia, endorse cross-border petition on weapons

Latin America, Mexico - La Plaza - "Mexican actor and filmmaker Diego Luna is urging President Obama to restrict the sales of guns that often find their way across the border into Mexico and are used in drug killings.

Luna, who acted alongside Gael Garcia Bernal in “Y Tu Mamá También” and “Rudo y Cursi,” joined activists Thursday in Mexico City to launch a cross-border petition (Stop the Contraband) drive asking Obama to use existing presidential authority to toughen gun rules without having to ask Congress.

The petition calls on Obama to reinstate a ban on assault weapons, which lapsed in 2004 under President George W. Bush, and expand the “regulatory capacity” of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in areas along the Mexican border.

Joining Luna and representatives of several civic organizations was Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, unofficial spokesman for an anti-violence movement in Mexico since his son and six other people were slain earlier this year in the city of Cuernavaca."

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