Gun Control In Mexico

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Hubbard Uhlhorn Ms. Hall English III AP 11 November 2010 Gun Control: Mexico’s Broken Arm in Its War on Drug Cartels Violence on the Mexican border due to warring drug cartels is an issue that hits close to home. We see it on the news everyday, somewhere off across the border, beheadings, executions, extortion and kidnappings. All of these things seem unsettling to us here in the U.S. I myself was a frequent visitor to Mexico, I would go there and eating with my family almost bi-weekly, at Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant in Nuevo Progresso, Mexico, which was always bustling, cram packed full of day visitors, winter Texans, and tourists. Not anymore. Last time I visited Mexico was in early 2009, before things began to teeter on uncontrolled…show more content…
In 2010 alone, 25,000 lives have been claimed and the number is still growing steadily (Beaubien). Over the course of the year 2008, more Mexicans perished in the Mexican war on drug cartels than Americans that have died in Iraq since 2003 (Corchado). Bloody scenes such as the 55 bodies pulled out of an abandoned silver mine turned cartel body dumping in Taxco, Mexico, have become all too real for the Mexican people (Corchado). It is estimated that currently in Mexico some 600,000 people are involved in organized crime, whether they be foot soldiers, hit men, marijuana farmers, smugglers, money launders, or kingpins (Corchado). When the Mexican Military decides to get involved in matters of trying to suppress cartel violence, things often get worse: much worse. Violence erupted in Ciudad Juarez, a city across the border from El Paso, Texas, in 2008 when the Sinaloa cartel began encroaching on the Juarez cartel’s area of control. In 2009, with no signs of a cease in the violence, the Mexican Military took control of the city, patrolling thousands of soldiers on the streets daily. Still with no sign of a break in the violence, the federal police took over a few months later, but the violence escalated to an all time high (Beaubien). This escalation in violence may be due to the corrupt nature of the Mexican police force. The lure of big payoff and special benefits has drawn many police officers and military personnel…show more content…
First of all the Mexican Defense Ministry should ease up its criteria to apply for a gun license. Fewer than 6% of Mexicans own guns legally (even small caliber rifles such as .22s) at all (Weinberg). However, 10,000 people have died in cartel related killings alone since 2006 (Corchado). This visible discrepancy between gun ownership and killings is a sure indicator that the Mexican government is doing harm to its people by leaving them defenseless against ever growing and ever violent cartels. If the process to own a gun in Mexico was less stringent, more people could procure guns to protect themselves with. In turn, this also might lower cartel violence because, speaking figuratively, “the best defense is a good offense” and higher gun ownership might lower crime rates. If supplemented with a widened range of legal gun ownership, cutting of the illegal trade of weapons from the United States to Mexico by stepping up border security on both sides might also strike a heavy blow to Mexican cartels. As of now, over 90% of all illegal weapons found in Mexico came from the United States, and 80% of illegal guns used for crime in Mexico also had their roots in the United States (Weinberg). Despite the fact that any weapon more powerful than a hunting rifle is illegal outside of Mexico, Mexican drug

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