I know I’ve blogged on this before, but it needs to be blogged again, because of the incredible amount of absolute bullshit that’s coming from the media about the Mexican drug war.
We’ve heard again and again how the U.S. is responsible for the evil drug dealers’ easy access to arsenals filled with weapons of mass destruction. Hell, our new SECSTATE has told the Mexicans that we’re somehow responsible for their criminal problems, because of the drug demand here, as well as “easy access to guns.”
But is that exactly true? They’ve stepped up enforcement, but the criminals are getting bigger and more effective armaments.
OK, yes, we have a demand for drugs here. And it’s basic economic logic that where there is a demand, there will always be a supply. And the more barriers to the supply chain, the more profitable it becomes to provide that supply. You’re not going to change demand with more laws, but with education
As for the military weapons, the LA times – not exactly the bastion of pro-Second Amendment thought – reports that the military arms aren’t really coming from the United States, as the Brady Center and the journalists who regurgitate their talking points claim.
The Feb. 21 attack on police headquarters in coastal Zihuatanejo, which
injured four people, fit a disturbing trend of Mexico’s drug wars.
Traffickers have escalated their arms race, acquiring military-grade
weapons, including hand grenades, grenade launchers, armor-piercing
munitions and antitank rockets with firepower far beyond the assault
rifles and pistols that have dominated their arsenals.
Most of these weapons are being smuggled from Central American
countries or by sea, eluding U.S. and Mexican monitors who are focused
on the smuggling of semiauto- matic and conventional weapons purchased
from dealers in the U.S. border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona
The proliferation of heavier armaments points to
a menacing new stage in the Mexican government’s 2-year-old war against
drug organizations, which are evolving into a more militarized force
prepared to take on Mexican army troops, deployed by the thousands, as
well as to attack each other.
These groups appear to be taking
advantage of a robust global black market and porous borders,
especially between Mexico and Guatemala. Some of the weapons are left
over from the wars that the United States helped fight in Central
America, U.S. officials said.
David has more here. Please read it.