Calderón Hinojosa claimed that it was the only way that governments will be able to weaken criminal networks. While inaugurating the Hemispheric Meeting against Transnational Organized Crime, Felipe Calderón affirmed that the sale of weapons in the United States in directly related to the levels of violence in Mexico.
‘In the last five years alone, we have seized 140,000 weapons from criminals, 84,000 of which have been assault rifles, AR-15s, and AK-47s. Certainly they haven’t all been manufactured in the United States, but 80 percent of them have been demonstrably sold in US gun stores,’ said Calderón.
From the office of the Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE), Calderón Hinojosa stated that organized crime elements are looking for territorial control of communities in order to take over all illicit and legal earnings available.
Also participating in this meeting are the Foreign Relations Secretary, Patrick Espinosa; the Attorney General of Mexico, Marisela Morales; the regional representative for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean to the United Nations’ Office on Crime and Drugs, Antonio Luigi Mazzitelli; and the Secretary of Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States, Adam Blackwell.” Spanish original