By John Lindsay-Poland and Dee Rowland
Salt Lake Tribune, November 16, 2019
The massacre of six children and three women in northern Mexico touched many Utahns. Occurring on the heels of other mass killings last month in Mexico, it shows how the American assault weapons market is feeding the crisis of violence in that country.
There are several hypotheses for the motives and authors of the Nov. 4, 2019 attack on the LeBaron family. But this and other prominent recent killings all have in common the use of assault weapons. In Sonora, AR-15 rifles left behind hundreds of shell casings of .223 bullets produced by Remington Arms in Arkansas. It is highly likely the assault rifles — which are not sold legally in Mexico — came from the United States as well.