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    Most Americans Want More Gun Laws

    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - JUNE 17:  Semi-automatic weapons for sale are on display at Texas Gun, one of the 6,700 gun dealers located near the 2,000 miles long U.S.-Mexico border, where Gina Brewer, the manager, insists that she has not sold weapons to Mexican drug cartels representatives, in San Antonio, June 17 2009. Automatic weapons such as AK-47 and AR-15 are purchased in U.S. border states by straw men (paid about $100 per weapons) working for Mexican drug cartels and smuggled into Mexico, where they fuel the narco-violence that has caused over 15,000 death since 2006. In Mexico, where gun sales are illegal, there is only one gun store, solely for police and army supplies. The ATF estimates that 90% of the 23,000 weapons seized in Mexico since 2005 come from the U.S. Following the admission by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. has a responsability in the narco-violence in Mexico (and fearing that it will spill into the U.S.), the ATF, Border Patrol, Homeland Security, ICE, and local police and sheriff are now trying to stem the flow of weapons into Mexico. But surprise check points inspecting vehicules heading South, in spite of hi-tech device like gas tank cameras, are easy to spot for narco-spies, and do little to slow the flow of arms into Mexico. On the Mexican side, Customs are well equiped with machines that can scan entires trucks, but they remain vulnerable to endemic corruption. (Photo by Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images)  88660962GM022_GunSmuggling.jpg

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    In a post-Newtown world, Americans are hoping to make some firearms a little harder to get. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that a majority of Americans favor gun control measures such as banning assault weapons and expanding background checks for those who buy weapons and ammunition. Support for banning high-capacity ammunition magazines is at a new high, with 65 percent in favor, and 51 percent agree with the NRA's suggestion of armed guards in schools, though more people view the group's leadership unfavorably.

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