Mexican Officials Call On U.S. To Change Constitution After El Paso Shooting

Mexican officials expressed concern about the gunman's allegedly anti-Hispanic manifesto as the death toll rose to 22.

El Paso, TX – Mexico’s government expressed its anger over the shooting deaths of seven Mexican nationals during a gunman’s rampage at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in El Paso, and called on the United States to change its gun laws.

“There could be a change to their laws because it is stunning what is happening, unfortunate and very powerful,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, according to the Associated Press.

“I don’t rule out that they could change their constitution and laws. These are new times; you have to always be adjusting the legal framework to the new reality,” he said.

Twenty-two people were fatally shot and another 24 were wounded when a gunman opened fire at the shopping center in El Paso on Saturday morning.

Police believe the gunman legally purchased the high-powered rifle that he used in his rampage, USA Today reported.

El Paso Police Sergeant Robert Gomez said the Walmart was “at capacity” with a weekend shopping crowd when the incident occurred.

Witnesses said that the shooter marched into the Walmart with a blank expression and began shooting indiscriminately, The Washington Post reported.

“He was, like, all calm,” Robert Jurado, who was grocery shopping with his elderly mother when gunfire erupted, said. “He didn’t show no remorse.”

The shooter, a 21-year-old Dallas-area man, surrendered to police who arrived on the scene, The Washington Post reported.

He was arrested and charged with capital murder. Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty against him.

Court papers showed that the judge ordered the shooter held without bond, The Washington Post reported.

Police are investigating a racist online manifesto that was found after the shooter’s rampage to determine if it was actually authored by the gunman, The Washington Post reported.

The rambling manifesto rails against the “invasion” of Hispanics coming into the United States, the Associated Press reported.

It was posted to 8chan less than 20 minutes before police received the first 911 calls about the Walmart shooting, CNN reported.

In the missive, the writer said he feared too many Hispanics coming into Texas would make the state a “Democratic stronghold,” but he then wrote “the Republican party is also terrible” because it’s pro-corporation and he believed that led to more immigration.

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen cautioned that investigators had not yet validated the document, the El Paso Times reported.

John F. Bash, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, said prosecutors were seriously considering seeking federal hate crime and federal firearms charges against the shooter.

Police said that the gunman has been cooperative and answered questions since he was taken into custody, The Washington Post reported.

“He was forthcoming with information,” Chief Allen said. “He basically didn’t hold anything back.”

In the meantime, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard called the shooting rampage an “act of barbarism” and a "terrorist act against innocent Mexicans," NBC News reported.

“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 to Twitter.

He urged the U.S. government to establish a “clear and convincing position against hate crimes.”

“Mexico is outraged,” Ebrard said.

El Paso is located right on the U.S. – Mexico border and tens of thousands of Mexicans cross into the United States legally every day for work and shopping, NBC News reported.

The city’s population is more than 80 percent Hispanic.

In addition to the seven Mexicans who were murdered in the massacre on Saturday morning, another seven were wounded by gunfire and remained in the hospital being treated.

Ebrard said Mexico planned to take legal action against the company that sold the weapon to the gunman, which was allegedly named in the online missive written by the gunman.

He also said that Mexico’s attorney general would declare the incident an act of terrorism against Mexican citizens, NBC News reported.

“For Mexico this individual is a terrorist,” Ebrard said.

The Mexican president chose his words more carefully when addressing the issue.

Lopez Obrador said that “in spite of the pain, the outrage” that Mexico was feeling, they didn’t want to interfere in the “internal affairs” of other nations, the Associated Press reported.

He also said that the El Paso shootings underscored his belief that “social problems shouldn’t be confronted with the use of force and by inciting hate.”

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Mexico's murder rate increased 22% IN 2018. Since Mexico only uses investigations of homicides, and not the number of victims. the rate should be higher. Cartels are complaining that every time they try to bury a body, they dig up 4 bodies

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K9ndn
K9ndn

With all due respect El President FU!! We have to have guns because if your cartels you cannot control and your illegals killing our families! So go drink you a margarita and F off!!

artw44
artw44

So it must be time for Mexico to issue travel ban, it is just too dangerous for it's citizens to come here! Mexico, we welcome your planes to land at our airports to fly your people home! Hurry before more die in our terrible conditions here!

Propolice
Propolice

Mexico should open its border and bring all their citizens back into the fold (for their safety) 🤣 How dare they suggest anything to us let alone a change in gun laws. Maybe Mexican Cartels are thinking about expanding more into the US and disarming our citizens would ease the way for them.

Tomsweet65
Tomsweet65

Heres a few ideas for Mexico in how to respond to this horrific and senseless attack.

  1. Do something about the over 35 THOUSAND murders that occur in your own borders BEFORE you even think about talking to us about gun violence.

  2. Do something about the drug cartels that actually run your country before you even think about trying to talk to us about issues in ours.

  3. Stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs, that is aided by those same drug cartels that run your country, into our country before you try and talk to us about ANYTHING!

  4. Do something about the corruption in your own government before you even try to suggest that we do something about our laws and Constitution.

  5. Before you tell us about "protecting" Mexican nationals who are in the US perhaps you should first start protecting not just the US citizens, but all the foriegn nationals, that come to your country and are robbed, raped, murdered, kidnapped, and worse each and every day!

  6. Last, but certinaly not least, Mexico... GO GUCK YOURSELF!

JBo
JBo

Mexico...17,000 plus murders in the first 6 months of this year? That Mexico? OK...gottcha.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Hey Mexico clean up your country with all the death and destruction that’s occurring in your homeland.

Why are your citizens fleeing to the USA???

rds40
rds40

Hey Mexico..gfys. The country has one of the highest himicide rates.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Another gun free zone hit Walmart does not allow Texans to carry guns in their stores

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

It’s not rocket science hear people common sense good gun stops bad gun every time Just look at the history of the world

lmullen804
lmullen804

Too bad Mexico doesn't take steps to protect Americans visiting their country. I believe two were murdered a couple of weeks ago.

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

Mind your cartels and vigilantes who are doing your job for you. If you're so concerned about your people, give them reason to want to stay where they belong.

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

Shame we haven't become half this outraged at Mexico!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Okay - yeah, sure - we'll change our (U.S.) laws to suit you, Mexico.

Chewy1742
Chewy1742

Maybe Mexico can build a wall so none of their citizens can get shot in America.

FSchloss
FSchloss

A third world shit hole sending messages like that to us? Shall we compare murder rates? How about the depth of corruption in MX? Hell, we have to make cases on their drug dealers because Mexico is too dirty to do it themselves. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Mexico is one of the biggest exporters of murder, dope, corruption, human trafficking, and general misbehavior this planet's ever seen. I suggest they clean their own house first. In fact I'm praying for an American president to grow a big enough pair to tell Mexico that they have a year to clean out their animals, or we're going to do it with Hellfires, etc. It would be interesting to see what happens when a Hellfire hits a meth lab.

Mic911
Mic911

To Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, get your own country in order and keep your people over in Mexico and you won't have a problem!! And your people will no longer be a problem for us if you do, tired of giving free handouts and benefits to your people and everyone else who is here illegally!!!

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Mexico needs to STFUP and worry about their own toilet before telling us what to do.

Badge204
Badge204

Excuse me! Changing our constitution! Really?
Nah! How about your country first control the GUN VIOLENCE IN YOUR COUNTRY.
Control the money paid to police to allow the drugs and robbery of other foreign folks like Americans coming to MEXICO. Why do you think your citizens are leaving? Drugs and violence. Coming to USA BECAUSE OF OUR LAWS

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Because Juarez is such a peaceful safe community

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

EXCUSE ME???? The President of Mexico is saying what? This is the man who's country is terrorized by drug cartels that murder hundreds of people each year and HE thinks he has the right to tell us what we should be doing in this country, LOLOLOLOL. Maybe if he put some of the energy into stopping the drug cartels murdering his citizens or improving the economy in his own country then his people will want to stay there instead of coming here. That way he won't have to worry about his citizens.

186
186

Out of the top 10 cities in the world with the highest murder rates Mexico is Proud to claim number 1, 3, 5, 6, and 8 Viva Mexico

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Someone please tell Mexican officials to Go Pound Sand.

Jefferson2019
Jefferson2019

The country that has served as a conduit for enough potentially lethal chinese opioids to kill our population multiple times over is offended over a shooting in America?! The country which funnelled more enough drugs here to successfully kill more Americans than gun violence?... Is offended?! This is a fucking joke! If Trump responds to this with gun control and does not tell this dude to STFU he will lose my support.