Skip to comments.Obama: Americans 'Are Root Cause of Violence That's Been Happening Here in Mexico'
Posted on 05/07/2013 2:52:55 AM PDT by IbJensen
(US President Barack gestures as he speaks at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, Friday, May 3, 2013.)
(CNSNews.com) President Barack Obama, speaking in Mexico City on Friday, said the United States is responsible for much of the crime and violence in Mexico because of the demand for drugs and the illegal smuggling of guns across the southern border.
He told the crowd, We understand that the root cause of violence thats been happening here in Mexico for which so many Mexicans have suffered is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States. He later added, We also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.
Obama acknowledged the illegal smuggling of guns into Mexico by American criminals, but did not mention the Justice Departments Operation Fast and Furious that allowed the flow of about 2,000 U.S. guns to Mexican drug trafficking organizations. Fast and Furious began in the fall of 2009 and was halted in December 2010 after two of the weapons from the DOJ gun walking program were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
In the United States, we understand our responsibilities. We understand that the root cause of violence thats been happening here in Mexico for which so many Mexicans have suffered is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States, Obama said. So weve got to continue to make progress on that front.
Obama opposes legalizing drugs, but wants to approach the matter beyond just law enforcement.
Ive been asked, and I honestly do not believe that legalizing drugs is the answer, the president said. But I do believe that a comprehensive approach, not just law enforcement, but education and prevention and treatment, thats what we have to do. Were going to have to stay at it, because of the lives of our children and the futures of our nations depend on it.
He went on to talk about Americas role in fueling gun violence in Mexico and pledged to the Mexican people to push harder for gun control in his own country, referencing the Second Amendment.
We also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States, Obama said. I think many of you know that in America, the Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. As president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.
But at the same time, as Ive said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common sense reforms to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people that can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. Its the right thing to do, he said.
Well keep increasing the pressure on gun traffickers who bring illegal guns into Mexico. Well keep putting these criminals where they belong, behind bars, the president added.
Last month, an Obama-backed gun control measure for stricter background checks failed to pass the democratically controlled Senate.
Obama dares to blame us? What a phony and a liar , who continually blames America for ALL the world ills, as he apologizes for the existance of America as he did on his Middle East Trip in his crusade to prove he hates this nation, and there is no doubt about that, as he called this nation "Arrogant (his words) America".
Massive acts of civil disobedience could bring this scum down and out of the White Hut. He is a disgrace to America and humanity!
well.. not entirely inaccurate.
it was the American administration that GAVE thousands of automatic weapons to mexican drug lords... which went on to wipe out and terrorize whole villages
is he admitting to his culpability in fast & furious / gun-walker?
what about cash-walker? is he ready to come clean on that one?
Hey, Barry, if this country sucks so much, then why don’t you get the **** out and never come back?
Well technically he is right. Mexico is part of North America and Mexicans are the ones causing the violence. So Americans are the ones. Guess what Hussein? Canadians are Americans too.
Said the "Dope Smoking", "Cocaine Snorting" President.
The man is a spineless coward that will say one thing to your face with a smile then stab you in the back. The Mexicans clearly see him for what he is and don’t trust him either but they’ll take any goodies he’s willing to give them. Sadly he doesn’t realize that people with discernment see right through him and ont trust him. Truly he is not a man of respect.
Judging by the push for Rubio-Obama Illegal Alien Amnesty...and the refusal to impeach Obama for Fast n Furious...sounds like the GOP agree with Obama on this
Why doesn’t he just stay in Mexico then?
The man is a spineless coward that will say one thing to your face with a smile then stab you in the back. The Mexicans clearly see him for what he is and dont trust him either but theyll take any goodies hes willing to give them. Sadly he doesnt realize that people with discernment see right through him and don’t trust him. Truly he is not a man of respect.
What a joke of a president this person is.
A man who hates America and says so every time he goes somewhere to speak.
It’s no wonder he appoints incompetents, bankrupts us, and wants to give America to the Mexicans.
If he was speaking for Holder and ‘Hisself’.....that would make sense.
of course he is not...he blames America FIRST for everything.
If American drug use is the “root cause” of Mexican misery and violence, then Obama and the Left is the root cause of American misery that precipitate drug use (not to mention the source of Mexican weapons that cause the violence).
The pResident of the USA said this in another country?! Sounds like treason to me. When are the impeachment hearings going to start!?
Holder and Obama flooded Mexico with illegal weapons directed to the cartels. Holder, under obamas direction, continues America’s irrational WOD driving up the price of drugs giving the cartels their huge profits. Last, Obama refuses to secure the borders allowing any and all manner of Mexican criminal to travel here freely.
Yes, Obi, Americans contribute to Mexico’s crime problem. Specifically you and Holder violate the laws of both countries.
Second Tuesday of next week.
A completely true statement. Just as true is that at least 52% of American voters lack that discernment, and that's portends doom.
A completely true statement. Just as true is that at least 52% of American voters lack that discernment, and that portends doom.