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Mexican President Urges The U.S. To Support Gun Control Legislation In Response To The Mass Shooting In El Paso

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Twenty people have been killed and 26 injured in a mass shooting at a Walmart store in the Texas city of El Paso.

Governor Greg Abbott described it as “one of the most deadly days in the history of Texas”.

Police are investigating whether the attack, which happened a few miles from the US-Mexico border, was a hate crime.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday pushed the United States to support gun control legislation in response to a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

“We are very respectful of what other governments decide but we think that these lamentable events that occurred in the United States should lead to reflection, analysis and the decision to control the indiscriminate sale of arms,” Lopez Obrador said at a press conference.

Yesterday Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard says Mexico will take legal action to protect Mexicans and Americans of Mexican descent after the mass shooting in El Paso.

In a video statement, Ebrard called the shooting an “act of barbarism” and said the country’s first priority is attending to the impacted families.

“The president has instructed me to ensure that Mexico’s indignation translates into … efficient, prompt, expeditious and forceful legal actions for Mexico to take a role and demand that conditions are established that protect … Mexicans in the United States,” Ebrard said in a video posted on Twitter.

Of the 26 injured in the attack, at least nine were Mexican nationals, according to the government.

The Mexican leader’s request comes at a time of unprecedented violence in Mexico as drug cartels continue to fight over territory and smuggling routes.


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