Mexicans are watching closely as U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to announce his administration’s proposals to stem gun violence.

The country’s top diplomat in the United States says the tragic Connecticut school shooting may have “opened a window of opportunity” for Obama to fix a problem that has long plagued both sides of the border.

“The Second Amendment … is not, was never and should not be designed to arm foreign criminal groups,” Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora told reporters last week.

His comments were just the latest in years of criticism of U.S. gun policies by Mexican officials, who blame weapons trafficking from the United States and the 2004 expiration of the U.S. assault weapons ban for fueling brutal drug violence south of the border.

via Mexico eyes U.S. gun policies, hopes for shift – CNN.com.