People & Power - America's Guns: Arming Mexico's Cartels

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The United States's constitutionally enshrined love-affair with firearms has given it the highest levels of private gun ownership in the world, a truly staggering rate of gun-related deaths (from high-profile "mass killings" to more routine daily homicides), and a hugely powerful and wealthy arms industry dedicated to preserving the status quo. The violence and chaos fuelled by these smuggled firearms are so widespread and devastating that it's been a significant motivating factor in the desire of many in that country to flee to the north. So how exactly do these weapons get trafficked across the border and why is the US government doing so little to stop the flow? For the second of our two special reports on America's guns, we sent correspondent Juliana Ruhfus and filmmaker Karim Shah to investigate.

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