Six months after his incredible escape from prison through a tunnel, Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera has been arrested. Authorities were finally able to apprehend El Chapo after an early morning raid on a motel. Five gangsters were killed in a shootout, and including El Chapo, six were arrested. A Marine sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
“El Cholo”, the right side man to El Chapo, was also arrested in the raid. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto wrote on Twitter, “Mission accomplished. We have him.” It is unclear whether El Chapo will be extradited to the United States, where he faces multiple drug trafficking charges.
President Obama participated in a town hall hosted by CNN in which he defended his controversial gun control executive order. Prominent figures on both sides attended the town hall and addressed the President. Taya Kyle, widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle compared the action to “castrating men in case they might be rapists.”
Notably missing from the event was the National Rifle Association. Spokesman Andrew Arulandam said the NRA “sees no reason to participate in a public relations spectacle organized by the White House.” President Obama fired back at the group saying, “there’s a reason they aren’t here.”
Surrounded by family members of the children murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, President Barack Obama announced an executive order on gun control. The new action will close a loophole allowing people to buy guns from gun shows without background checks, as well as allowing health care providers to mental health issues to the FBI’s firearms background check system.
The executive order infuriated Republicans, who accused President Obama of going behind Congress’ back unconstitutionally. The order was also unpopular with the National Rifle Association, with NRA accusing Obama of choosing “political rhetoric instead of offering meaningful solutions to our nation’s pressing problems.”