drug cartels are armed to the teeth with sophisticated weapons, many of which are smuggled over the border from the United States
"straw man" buyers, who legally purchase weapons at gun shops and gun shows in the U.S
Mexican authorities say 90 percent of smuggled weapons come from the United States.
high-powered American weapons have enabled drug cartels to control whole territories
" access to military grade weapons like the high powered Five-Seven semi-automatic pistols."
This is where it's coming from:
"The 5.7 x 28, armor piercing (AP) rounds are not available for sale to the general public and are probably coming from the Mexican military,"
Last week Gen. Ángeles Dahuajare announced that more than 17,000 soldiers had deserted in 2008.
"The Mexican Army is becoming a revolving door for the enforcement arm of the drug cartels; they simply pay better," Stewart said.
But it's all the fault of those damn US gun shows again.