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If You Hate Gun Control, You Can Thank the Drug War for Causing it

Escalating drug war violence in Mexico has brought recent attention to the fact that the cartels are often armed with American guns. The border is really a two-way street, with drugs moving north while cash and weaponry travel south. Here's Mexican President Felipe Calderon claiming that over 90% of the cartels' firepower comes from the U.S.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has proposed re-implementing the assault weapons ban and discussions are under way about what else can be done to curb the flow of American weaponry across our southern border. Naturally, opponents of gun control are concerned. The popular right-wing blog NewsBusters has a post criticizing media coverage of the issue, arguing that recent statements regarding the role of U.S. weapons in facilitating Mexican drug war violence have been widely exaggerated. The conclusion caught my eye:
Gun control doesn't work to stop crime. Just look at places that have very strict gun regulation. Like ... Mexico.
Just replace "gun control/regulation" with "drug prohibition" and you've solved the riddle of why conditions in Mexico continue to deteriorate. Of course, while the NewsBusters site is overflowing with gun rights advocacy, discussion of drug policy is nowhere to be found, save for an occasional jab at the pro-pot liberal media. It never ceases to amaze me that some people actually believe enjoying guns is a personal choice, but enjoying marijuana is not.

So let me spell it out: the drug war is a huge reason the new administration is looking at the gun issue. Drug prohibition has created a bloodbath in Mexico that is now spilling across our southern border. The problem is getting worse because our strategy of fighting it out with the cartels just causes more crime and violence.

Marijuana prohibition alone plays a staggering role in funding the drug war violence that may soon result in new domestic gun control measures, yet NewsBusters has repeatedly criticized the discussion of reforming marijuana laws. The bottom line is that if you oppose gun control while simultaneously supporting a prohibitionist drug policy that increases gun violence and prompts calls for regulation, you're shooting yourself in the foot.
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guns and america

the U.S.A. is the gun and drug capital of the world. can`t see the forest for the trees huh? the drug war machine needs this kind of stuff to help justify its existence. it`s called "job security". hypocrisy in a handbasket.

American Guns?

Only a fraction of the guns used in the violence south of the border are from the US. The vast majority are smuggled in from South America.

We have no idea how many

We have no idea how many cartel guns were smuggled in from the USofA - as Mexico refuses to reveal the serial-numbers from confiscated weapons.

We do know, however, that our government sent weapons to the Mexican government and provided Delta-force type training to individuals the Mexican government sent us to train - to "fight" their "drug war." We also know that quite a few of those we trained for the Mexican government are now working for the cartels as hit-men and hit-teams - even coming to the US to "deal with" people here for a variety of reasons (Phoenix, AZ has the second highest (behind Mexico City) kidnapping for ransom rate IN THE WORLD! Is it unreasonable to believe that many of the weapons our foolish politicians gave theirs may be in the bad-guys hands?

We also know that live hand-grenades, fully automatic sub-machine guns, tank-busting rocket launchers and such that the cartels have, are nearly impossible to obtain legally in the US - and the US prices for such - not including the BATF&E $200 tax stamp - are astronomical. It's the lame "any excuse to void our Constitutional rights is better than none."


We have to reduce the coke search in airplane coming from Colombia, Bresil, Perou etc, beside Mexico. WHY? Well then those countrys won't have to sell coke to the mexican gangs to smuggle it in the states.

Also, price of coke in the State will drop so there will be less money for mexican gang members.
Eventually the gangs will shrink because they will be less money to make.

I remember 2 years ago, coke was easier to smuggle by plane or post office and the coke was cheaper and healthier (i mean without the methamphetamine mix inside). And they weren't that much big deals about those mexican gangs. So can we get back in time and stop catching all the coke coming by mail and planes. By doing that we just make more jobs to the mexican gangs members to smuggle it and causing troubles.

Please comment !

Illegal drug selling will always be profitable

The illegal profits will always go to out-gunning/out-maneuvering Law Enforcement. Mexico is only the most obvious example. Columbia and Afghanistan jump immediately to mind. I think it's safe to say that after Nixon lied us into the war on drugs, we've accomplished nothing but arming the most desperate people in the world and Law Enforcement to control them. US gun manufacturers equip US Law Enforcement and other Nations, the Chinese (actually any country with an arms industry) equip the druglords.

I guess If the guns simply evaporated, the situation wouldn't be so bad. The weapons will pool. Concentrating into nation-threatening militias.

For a tiny fraction of the cost and all this future harm, have the governments of the world establish a fair price to the poor farmers and just buy the entire coca plant crop (roots and all say 10% water content) every year and compost it. Do the same over in Afghanistan with poppies.

USA, it's past time to start replacing our Global Prohibition Policy with a sensible regulation policy.

Remember, it's Prohibition that keeps adding zeros to the size of the world's illegal drug profits, not US demand.

Nixon's Drug Czar

While Nixon might have lied us into this mindless Drug War, his own man thought otherwise.

"Our youth can not understand why society chooses to criminalize a behavior with so little visible ill effect or adverse social impact... These young people have jumped the fence and found no cliff. And the disrespect for the possession laws fosters a disrespect for laws and the system in general... On top of this is the distinct impression among the youth that some police may use the marihuana laws to arrest people they don't like for other reasons, whether it be their politics, their hair style or their ethnic background."

Criminal penalties have clearly failed to prevent widespread use of marijuana... Law and health are two entirely separate issues."
Bob DuPont - Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse - President Nixon's 'drug czar'

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