December 3, 2012
After a drugs gang murdered his son last year, the poet Javier Sicilia decided the best way to help staunch the flow of American guns fuelling the horrific violence wracking his country would be to campaign across the border.
“If we aren’t capable of stopping this epidemic of violence provoked by the assault weapons and the killers that use them,” he said during a “peace caravan” of activists he led across the United States last summer, “we’re going to continue living in this hell. Changing this spiral of violence only can come from below, from the citizens of Mexico and the United States.”
Scores of victims’ relatives held rallies in border towns and staged news conferences near Washington. Their appeals fell on deaf ears.