Mexican Lawsuit, US Legislation Putting Pressure on Arms Makers

    Photo: Al Jazeera

    The Facts

    • The recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, is being used as one of several examples of alleged negligence of US gun manufacturers in an ongoing lawsuit brought forward last year by Mexico.

    • The lawsuit - which is against 10 US manufacturers - alleges that gun violence in Mexico is attributed to guns sold in the US and trafficked over the border. It estimates the damage from manufacturers could be $10B.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    This lawsuit is Mexico's attempt to pass the blame for its growing criminal enterprise onto someone else. There are a myriad of factors behind the rampant crime and corruption within its borders, which means that, even if successful, this effort will do little to address them.

    Narrative B

    While these companies may be protected by the PLCAA in the US, that law has no jurisdiction in Mexico. It is about time that these gun manufacturers and distributors are held accountable for knowingly allowing their products to fall into the hands of dangerous cartels.

    Articles on this story

    Sign up to our daily newsletter