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Mexican President Calls for America to Review its Gun Laws

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After the El Paso massacre, which left 22 people dead, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) advised that the U.S. review its gun control laws.

Bloomberg News reports that AMLO wants the U.S. to reconsider its gun policies.

At a news conference, AMLO stated “We are very respectful of what other governments decide, but we think that these unfortunate events in the U.S. should prompt reflection, analysis and the decision to control the indiscriminate sale of guns.”

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He also claimed that both Republicans and Democrats have not paid much attention to this issue.

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This comment is rather ironic when considering that AMLO’s government has not taken a side on the Venezuelan presidential crisis. AMLO justified this by claiming that Mexico’s constitution calls for “respect and non-intervention regarding the affairs of other countries.”

Given El Paso’s geography along the border, there are plenty of Mexican Americans and Mexican nationals living in that area. Six Mexicans were wounded during this shooting.

After news of the El Paso murder’s manifesto and the anti-immigrant sentiments it contained broke out, the Mexican political class has exploited this crisis to score political points.

Mexico is rife with violence and has some of the strictest gun control legislation in the Western Hemisphere. Although many no compromise gun rights activists complain about America’s federal gun control laws, Mexico’s gun control laws are much more draconian.

Those wanting to acquire guns in Mexico are required to submit references and prove that they have legal sources of income. Additionally, they must provide photographs and be fingerprinted.

Even with all these hoops, Mexican criminals are able to easily get their hands on firearms. Due to the gap in gun ownership, law-abiding Mexicans have been victimized by powerful drug cartels. Based on reports from The Sun94 homicides occur on a daily basis in Mexico.

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Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?

America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad

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Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.

Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards  questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy. 

In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”

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Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.

That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.

Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:

Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”

Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans. 

After looking at the list of people who have been tapped to join the Biden administration, Hawley tweeted, “What a group of corporatists and war enthusiasts – and #BigTech sellouts.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”

The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change. 

Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.

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