Infographic: How American Firearms Propel Mexico's Gang Violence

Posted by Column Five

Since late 2006, when former Mexican president Felipe Calderón came to power and launched his offensive against drug traffickers, close to 60,000 people have been killed in the country's ongoing bloody war. Cartels are able to carry out these crimes, armed with smuggled rifles, pistols, and machine guns. Where do they get the majority of these weapons?