Gunshots in Ixtapa

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, February 08, 2020, 18:42 (13 days ago) @ Ironwood

Re the flow of arms from the USA into Mexico:

I'm a little puzzled. Perhaps someone can explain things so I'll understand:

When we drive into Mexico from the USA, there is no requirement to stop at a US Customs or Immigration facility on the US side. The first official facility one encounters is a Mexican government facility right at the physical border. In most areas, it isn't necessary to stop at that location at all, you simply drive on by. The actual Mexican Customs and Immigration buildings are typically located several kilometers further into Mexico. The system is so loosey-goosey that we once took a wrong turn and drove right into, and miles through, the city of Nogales, Sonora, without going through Mexican Customs and Immigration at all. Had we had a trunk full of automatic weapons, no one would have been the wiser.

After we obtained our necessary Customs and Immigration papers at the Mexican border facility, we just continued driving into Mexico. Not once in the 8 or 9 times we've made the trip, has anyone at Mexican Customs bothered to check our vehicle, look in the trunk, etc.

I assume similar conditions exist at the borders between many other countries. It is certainly the case between the USA and Canada as well. So, whose responsibility is it to ensure that weapons are not being smuggled into Mexico, from the United States? Seems to me the burden falls on Mexico, not the USA.

Didn't you ever learn about SHARING? If the problem is Mexican authorities are outgunned because money and weapons are pouring into Mexico from the U.S.A., you just might want to rethink who should be working to stop the flow of weapons into Mexico, especially while you're expecting Mexico to stop the flow of migrants and refugees into the U.S.A.

There are cartels because tens of millions of U.S. consumers want substances banned by their government.

Mexico didn't choose to have a border with a country so full of so many people with so many vices and willing to pay so much for them. But it's a multi-billion dollar a year industry.

U.S. arms dealers are making billions selling firearms to Mexico. Because the U.S. government already knows it has a problem. The U.S.A. sees more of its own people killed by firearms each year than does any other country or than in any armed conflict, and the U.S. federal government is intentionally exporting that very same problem to other countries because it can and because it generates profits paid to its politicians, especially thanks to lobbyists, SuperPACs, and Citizens United. There is a point where greed is excessive, and the greed of the U.S.A. needs to be reigned in, including the greed of its arms manufacturers and dealers.

It's not like the ATF or whatever alphabet agency that has jurisdiction nowadays doesn't know who is selling firearms to whom. They knew where to put marked weapons for Fast & Furious that would get bought and smuggled into Mexico. It's that it's not against U.S. law no matter how unethical or immoral it is. And that's pretty much where a lot of problems begin in the USA. Corruption is entirely legal, so even though it's right before your eyes, you don't see it.

So the U.S. government gets to create a problem (the narco trade), export the War On Drugs to other countries (because it found out wayyyy back in the 70's that the War On Drugs didn't look good when the bodies of its citizens were stacking up on the 5 o'clock news every evening), profit from selling weapons to the organized criminals it creates, ignore the problems it creates in other countries, then not only block refugees fleeing violence in those countries from seeking refuge or asylum in the U.S.A. but also blackmailing Mexico into using its limited resources to stopping the migrants.

Is that really what the Sweet Land of Liberty stands for? How did I and so many others get it so wrong for so many years?

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