The Mexican government on Wednesday sued numerous U.S. gun companies over firearm coming across the border because “their products are trafficked,” according to a report by The Washington Post.
The lawsuit argued American gun manufacturers “are conscious of the fact that their products are trafficked and used in illicit activities against the civilian population and authorities of Mexico.”
“Nonetheless,” it added, “they continue to prioritize their economic benefit, and use marketing strategies to promote weapons that are ever more lethal, without mechanisms of security or traceability.”
The report mentioned Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.; Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc; Beretta U.S.A. Corp; Glock, Inc; and Colt’s Manufacturing Co. Llc. as companies included in the upcoming lawsuit.
“Mexico is seeking compensation for damages, which are estimated at as much as $10 billion, Mexican officials said at a news conference on Wednesday,” Reuters reported.
Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton offered perhaps the best response to the nonsense on Twitter, saying, “Mexican grown, manufactured, and distributed narcotics kill tens of thousands of Americans every year. Who do we sue for the Mexican government’s ‘negligent practices’?”
Senator Cotton is right. Mexico can complain all it wants, but if we start comparing trafficking problems, the U.S. wins by a longshot.
The Mexican government is likely right that American guns are trafficked into their nation. But their lawsuit fails at several points.
First and foremost, it is not the gun company’s fault weapons are trafficked. They make guns and sell them, legally. They are not responsible for where gun owners then take them, nor are they responsible when they are stolen or used illegally.
Second, Mexico’s focus should be on arresting those who are doing the trafficking. This would hit the problem at its source.
Third, Mexico sends out far more than it receives, whether drugs, people, crime, COVID or other problems. If the government wants to get into a competition on who owes what on trafficking, it’s going to lose big time.
What is perhaps most concerning about the lawsuit, however, is not the issue itself but the lack of response by the Biden administration. Any Republican president would blast such an effort immediately. Biden? Silence.
Instead, Biden continues to tout his own gun control efforts. If he could, he’d probably file an amicus brief in support of the Mexican government’s lawsuit.
In our country, we have the right to bear arms. Period. Trafficking is a crime, but that’s a matter for law enforcement and the courts, not gunmakers. We need to stand with our nation’s gunmakers against unwarranted lawsuits that seek to destroy American businesses.
Our nation has enough problems without being litigated to death by our southern neighbor who has helped ship a million new people into land this year. Maybe instead of suing gun companies, Mexico can help stop the flow of illegal immigrants at the border and stop gun traffickers at the same time.
We don’t need Mexico telling us what to do. We need America’s leaders to stand up for the rights of its people.