Part of the debate about gun control in the US is the widely held belief that the Mexican drug cartels are getting 90% of their weapons from gun shops in the US, includng in Arizona.
I rtrher doubt some of the heavier firepower being encountered was even for sale in US gun shops….the last time I looked one could not buy a 50 caliber automatic weapon in a store in Arizona.
While it is undoubtedly true a lot of firepower in the hands of the cartels is slipping into Mexico from gun shops here, that avoids two real issues.
The first issue is that with the kind of money the cartels have…they can buy all the firepower they want in the shadow world weapons market.
The second issue is how much of that firepower ends up in the catels’ hands that originated from “legitmate” weapons deals between the US and Mexico.
We give Mexico money to fight the cartels. The Mexican government buys a lot of weapons for its police and army. And somehow some of those weapons end up in the hands of the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel and others being used to shoot at Mexican police and their army. Pretty rotten mess.
The growing reality is the cartels now probably outgun the Mexican army. If not right nbow, comng soon the the neighborhood nearest you in Mexico and at the border.
This has nothing to do with whether some of the guns are coming from gun shops in the US and everything to do with a Taliban type insurgency going on across the line…which has no religious ideology but is operating almost exactly as the Taliban does by seizing Mexico piece by piece.
By focusing on gun shops we are avoiding the real problem of the emergence of a narco state on our border. There are already little narco-kingdoms across the line….do not under any circumstances think you can drive around Sonora south of Sasabe and not encounter cartel road blocks.
The following is a very interesting article from the NarcoSphere blog
Another series of leaked State Department cables made public this week by WikiLeaks lend credence to investigative reports on gun trafficking and the drug war published by Narco News as far back as 2009.
The big battles in the drug war in Mexico are “not being fought with Saturday night specials, hobby rifles and hunting shotguns,” Narco News reported in March 2009, against the grain, at a time when the mainstream media was pushing a narrative that assigned the blame for the rising tide of weapons flowing into Mexico to U.S. gun stores and gun shows.
Rather, we reported at the time, “the drug trafficking organizations are now in possession of high-powered munitions in vast quantities that can’t be explained by the gun-show loophole.”
Those weapons, found in stashes seized by Mexican law enforcers and military over the past several years, include U.S.-military issued rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers and explosives.
Note: I am finding there is a lot of really great information floating around the web….and I frankly don’t care what the politics of some of the sources are if they are proividing valuable information we all need to consider to find a way to stop the flow of illegal drugs into this country and stop our country from being invaded by drug cartel goons carrying automatic weapons.