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Gun violence often seems like a distinctively American problem. In the past week alone, there have been shootings at a Super Bowl parade in Missouri, a megachurch in Texas and a subway station in New York City − not to mention the countless tragedies that didn’t make the news. So far in 2024, more than 5,000 Americans have died from gun violence.

The thoughts and prayers, it seems, aren’t working.

But while gun violence is a distinctively American problem, it’s not contained here. Firearm death rates in Mexico are even higher than those in the U.S., and many of those slayings are committed with American-made weapons illegally trafficked south of the border.

The government of Mexico has had enough − and it’s going to court. It’s filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against multiple U.S. gun manufacturers whose weapons were used by Mexican drug cartels. It may seem like a quixotic effort, but in law professor Timothy D. Lytton’s analysis, it stands a chance of succeeding – and could end up reshaping the gun industry.

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A sign in Laredo, Texas, reminds motorists not to smuggle guns into Mexico. Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images

Mexico is suing US gun-makers for arming its gangs − and a US court could award billions in damages

Timothy D. Lytton, Georgia State University

Mexico claims that US firearm manufacturers are fueling illegal cross-border gun trafficking and violent crime abroad.

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