Mexico: 16 teenagers shot dead

Sixteen teenagers and young adults were shot dead at a high school student party in Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), just across the border from the US. Armed men broke into the party and fired indiscriminately. IANSA member Héctor Guerra said: “90% of the firearms recovered last year by Mexican authorities originated from US gun sellers. American weak gun laws make it too easy for gun traffickers to buy weapons in Texas or Arizona and smuggle them across the border. The US needs to reinstate the 1994 assault weapon ban and strengthen its regulation on guns dealers. Otherwise the steady flow of US guns to Mexico will continue and many of those weapons will end up in the hands of armed men like the ones who killed the teenagers in Ciudad Juarez.”