Javier Sicilia is here. He launched the Caravan for Peace after his son, Juanelo, a young athlete who had nothing to do with drugs, was killed in Mexico last year by a gun that was probably purchased in the United States. An accomplished Mexican poeta, Sicilia laid down his pen after that horrific day and he's here to plead for our help:
"The big problem with guns in Mexico is not your Second Amendment. It's the people in your country who are selling military assault weapons so that irresponsible people can commit these murderous acts in Mexico. We're here to ask you to help us end to this murderous madness."
The Caravan for Peace is demanding that President Obama take some immediate steps to stop the flow of military-style assault weapons into our communities on both sides of the border.
The petition calls for President Obama to do the following:
. Enforce the existing ban on the importation of military-style assault weapons (because many of them are later illegally smuggled into Mexico)
. Require gun dealers to report to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) the sale of multiple assault rifles to the same person over a period of five days
. Strengthen legal enforcement in regions of the U.S. that supply the bulk of the contraband weapons smuggled into Mexico
U.S.-purchased assault weapons don't just kill tens of thousands of people in Mexico, they kill people in U.S. communities, too. Tell President Obama that you don't want to live in communities where greedy gun merchants can sell assault weapons, built for war, to people who then use them to massacre tens of thousands of people on both sides of the border.
Thanks and ¡adelante!
Roberto, Ana, Arturo, and the rest of the Presente.org Team