US Guns to Mexican Drug Gangs
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Mexico's drug cartels commit bloody violence with weapons imported from the US. We talk with an investigator for Congress who says law enforcement agencies don't have a strategy to deal with the problem. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the President escalated his rhetoric today in response to political repression. We hear about that and about new challenges posed by an old adversary as North Korea escalates its provocations of the US and the United Nations.
Banner image: Weapons, computers and communication equipment seized to alleged members of the Sinaloa drug cartel are presented to the press at the Police Command Centre in Mexico City, on May 15, 2009. Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images
Obama Talks Tough on Iran; North Korea Nuclear Crisis ()
President Obama began today's news conference by responding to complaints about lukewarm support for election protesters in Iran. Also, a discussion of North Korea, which has escalated tensions with the US and the United Nations. We look at the provocations and possible options for the US and the UN.
- Ron Brownstein: National Political Reporter, Los Angeles Times, @RonBrownstein
- Steve Clemons: Director, New America Foundation, @SCClemons
- David Kang: Director of the Korean Studies Institute, USC, @DaveCKang
- Chaibong Hahm: Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
- Jim Walsh: Research Associate in the Security Studies Program, MIT
US Guns to Mexican Drug Gangs ()
Mexico's drug cartels are using weapons powerful enough to stop vehicles, penetrate bullet-proof vests or confront Army troops. Ninety percent of the weapons seized by Mexican authorities have been traced back to the US.
- Tracy Wilkinson: Mexico City Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, @TracyKWilkinson
- Jess Ford: Director of International Affairs and Trade, Government Accountability Office
- Dennis Henigan: Vice President for Law and Policy, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
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