For the article “Mexico’s drug war: No sign of ‘light at the end of the tunnel” Msnbc.com’s F. Brinley Bruton spoke to NBC News contributor Jorge Castañeda about what, if anything, can be done to turn the tide of death that has washed over the country in the past few years. Castañeda is more than qualified to offer commentary on the subject. He served as foreign minister of Mexico from 2000-03 and is currently a Latin America policy analyst for both NBC News and Telemundo.
Despite this experience, I can’t say that I agree with his assessment of how to solve a situation that has claimed over 50,000 lives since 2006 alone. When asked “what can Mexico legitimately ask of the U.S.?” Castañeda responded “It can ask what President Felipe Calderon has been asking and what every president has been asking for the past 40 years, which is, stop consuming so many drugs and repeal the Second Amendment — stop allowing people to buy guns in the United States and then export them to Mexico.”
Repeal the Second Amendment? How would taking away a right of U.S. citizens result in less illegal activity from those already breaking the law? Drug usage and gun running are illegal in the U.S. as are they in Mexico. Individuals sending guns to Mexico are breaking both U.S. and Mexican law. How will ending a U.S. right result in less criminal activity on the part of criminals? Yes, there is proof that some guns used in Mexico were legally purchased in the U.S. but smuggling those legally acquired arms into Mexico was itself an illegal act. The problem here isn’t with the Second Amendment or with law abiding individuals; the problem is with criminals. Criminals are the ones consuming drugs and smuggling guns. Punishing the law abiding citizenry won’t change that.
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