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Obama Blames U.S. for Gun Violence in Mexico

President Obama delivered a speech today in Mexico City where he blamed the United States for being the root of Mexico’s violence.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry told the Washington Times he was stunned by the president’s remarks.

“The idea that a United States president would go to Mexico and make that statement is incredulous,” Perry told the newspaper. “His goal – well before he became president of the United States — was to try to disarm the American public. He just disregards the Constitution.”

“The idea that a United States president would go to Mexico and make that statement is incredulous,” the 2012 president candidate told me in an interview after his rousing speech at the NRA annual meeting in Houston Friday. “His goal —  well before he became president of the United States  — was to try to disarm the American public. He just disregards the Constitution.”

Following are direct quotes from Obama’s speech:

“And in the United States, we recognize our responsibilities.  We understand that much of the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico, for which many so Mexicans have suffered, is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States.  And so we’ve got to continue to make progress on that front.”

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“I’ve been asked, and I honestly do not believe that legalizing drugs is the answer.  But I do believe that a comprehensive approach — not just law enforcement, but education and prevention and treatment — that’s what we have to do.  And we’re going to stay at it because the lives of our children and the future of our nations depend on it.”

“And we also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.  (Applause.) I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms, and as President I swore an oath to uphold that right and I always will.  But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.  That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do.  (Applause.)  So we’ll keep increasing the pressure on gun traffickers who bring illegal guns into Mexico.  We’ll keep putting these criminals where they belong — behind bars. “