Program Note: Tune in for special 360 coverage of the violence in Mexico. Anderson is reporting live Thursday and Friday nights at 10 p.m. ET.
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Paul Helmke
Special to CNN
America's neighbor to the south is engaged in a bloody war with ruthless drug cartels.
It is a war that is threatening to bring down the government of Mexico, is spilling over into neighborhoods in the United States and is fast becoming a serious national security concern.
American gun sellers supply the cartels with 95 to 100 percent of their guns, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
While the Mexican drug war has the media and Washington abuzz, there has been little mention of our role in supplying the terrorists: We need to realize that the Mexican drug cartels are arming themselves here because our gun laws have loopholes so large that criminals and gun traffickers can easily drive gun-laden trucks through them. Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora correctly called American gun laws "absurd."
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