10/02/2010

Fewer guns, more crime, in Mexico

The Washington Times has this interesting piece by Robert Farago. However, I don't think that our interdiction efforts on guns has any real effect on the drug cartels getting guns.

Long before the Mexican drug cartels cut a distribution deal with their South American confederates, back when Colombian drug lords were busy corrupting their society's democratic system, Mexico's federal government was cracking down on private gun ownership. Its war against civilian firearms began in 1968, after civil unrest spooked the powers that be. The Mexican government closed all privately held firearm stores. From that point on, all firearm sales had to go through the Mexican Defense Ministry. It determined what guns were sold to whom at what price.

As you'd expect, this artificial concentration of supply led to a worsening of endemic corruption. Bottom line: Only the wealthiest Mexicans could legally secure a firearm for personal protection. Sometimes not even they could. The Defense Ministry's sales practices also reflected its self-serving political agenda. It restricted legal access to guns to the point where some Mexican law enforcement agencies were forced to smuggle in weapons from the United States. So were thousands of civilians. . . .

In any case, Mexico's problem needs a Mexican solution. The same guns that President Felipe Calderon and President Obama vilify for crossing the border could actually be the country's salvation. More guns, less crime? If it works for us, and there are those who argue that point most persuasively, why not for Mexico? Equally important and more personally, if you lived in one of Mexico's northern border towns, wouldn't you want to carry a gun? Exactly.

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2 Comments:

Blogger OldSouth said...

'Equally important and more personally, if you lived in one of Mexico's northern border towns, wouldn't you want to carry a gun? Exactly.'

Well, yes. But, if I lived there, and had the ability to relocate, I'd be packing both my moving van and my firearms and heading elsewhere.

10/03/2010 2:14 AM  
Blogger Chas said...

Mexico is so perversely dysfunctional and corrupt that I cannot imagine them embracing freedom. They will continue to be like Chicago, only worse.

10/03/2010 7:06 AM  

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