Mexico seems to have dropped off the news radar more or less completely over the last month or so. In large part this is because of the all out assault on the 2nd Amendment and the gun rights battle in the United States. Gun Grabbers are feeling might frisky and they feel there is no better time than now to make their move. Many of the gun clutchers, or gun clingers, as some would call them, have seemed to be on the run and defensive, but resistance is mounting. Gun grabbers have won in most of the socialist nanny states throughout the world and also of course, the first thing that hard core tyrannies do is take away private ownership of firearms. Still I give the American people a good fighting chance. We have dodged the bullets of tyranny, so to speak more than a few times throughout our history. The question does remain and haunt us: How many times can one dodge the bullets when they just keep shooting?
Gun violence for instance in England is rare, probably because there are no firearms to speak off. (although criminal violence is extremely high, and murders are much higher than are reported). The United States with over 300 million fire arms in private hands would hardly turn into the United Kingdom with a sudden blanket prohibition. I think it would be more like Mexico where criminals are very well armed and the law abiding have only small knives and machetes and corrupt, inept and uncaring Police. In addition many millions of Americans would become criminals over night, What an economic boom for the prison-industrial complex!
The situation in Mexico seems to re-aligning itself with the new administration of the PRI. Pena-Nieto has made clear that the Mexican Military will be withdrawing slowly from the drug war. They will be going back to keeping watch on internal rebellions, or preparing for whatever it is they prepare for. Mexico has no natural enemies and is not interventionist, but it does pay to keep an eye on the United States. Anyway, the militaries effectiveness in fighting the drug war has a similar level of efficacy to that of swatting mosquitoes with a sledge hammer. Much effort with minimal results and a huge amount of collateral damage.
Talks between politicians and cartels could be going on as you read this posting. One thing that seems to be in the bag is the Sinaloa Cartel controlling all of Western and Pacific Coast Mexico. Reading between the lines the new administration will be supporting and turning a blind to certain “preferidos” or preferred cartels. If the new President of Mexico. can manage a substantial reduction in violence, while keeping the merchandise flowing to the U.S. he will have resurrected the infamous PRI party to it’s old prominence for years to come.
Meanwhile the United States just may add gun prohibition to all of it’s other failed prohibitions and, in this case, the casualties and the damage may dwarf all the other failures. Even the rivers of blood that have been shed in Mexico during it’s drug war against itself may counted as mere rivulets compared to what an American Civil War over firearms could produce.
Born in Houston, Texas and moved to Raymondvile, Texas in 1969. Family bought a radio station and helped with the family business until it was sold in 1997. Since then started an agency and mostly writes about experiences in Deep South Texas. Writers of the Rio Grande founder, editor and contributing author.