Could the Mexican Drug War Reach the United States? Could the government be doing more? Brian Ganthier
Americans see in the news very often broadcasts of drug busts, huge drug stash seizures, and minor arrests. These busts and seizures help ease the mind of many parents, and just people in general; but what if the drug war violence going on in Mexico crossed the border into the U.S., would people still feel safe in their own homes or would they become worried about their own safety and the safety of their children? Well the reality of it all is that the violence has already crossed the border, and that there are people who don’t feel safe in their own homes. Many Americans don’t realize how close to home the Mexican drug war has become but that’s more-so because for most Americans, they don’t have to deal with it. Should every American be worried about what’s going on? Yes, it’s our problem, we’re paying for it, and we should be more involved in the decision making behind how the money is being spent. People are dying by the thousands in this war and even with the money being spent to fight the cartels, there is no end in sight. The “drug war” affects all Americans and as such Americans as a whole should be worried about it; but the Mexican government could and should be doing more to stem the violence and flow of drugs out of their country.
Let us examine what’s really going on. There have been many debates on this topic of the “Drug War”, but what is the U.S. really doing in terms of domestic crack downs’. The U.S.-Mexican border is the main route of drugs into the U.S., so besides just the border patrol out along the border checking for drug runners, the border patrol is also checking cars at the border bridge for illegal drugs being trafficked. However, in an article by BBC news journalist Matthew Price, a good point about the hypocrisy of it all is made. "The hypocrisy grows all too gruesome: The US Justice Department pronounced the Mexican drug cartels ‘a national security threat’ even as American gun dealers along the border were busily arming the cartels' murderous gangs" (Price). In this statement, we see a little bit of a different light on the situation. The Mexican government wants the U.S. to put legislation into place so that the drug cartels’ soldiers can’t get guns from across the border. On the American side, the legislation will most likely not get passed because of the constitutional “Right to Bare Arms”. This right is however being taken advantage of by the cartels to procure arms for their war. In a sense, the “door” out of the U.S. at the border is essentially wide open, while the “door” into the U.S. at the border is essentially closed. The U.S. border patrol is checking cars coming in for and kind of illegal drug, but they aren’t checking the cars leaving for unregistered and unlicensed weapons being smuggled back into Mexico from the U.S. This ability for the cartels to obtain weapons is fueling a drug war that really isn’t showing any signs of an end in near. The higher rate of death is not necessarily indicative of the cartels feeling the pressure and is closer to making them become bolder in their actions. Another issue is that the demand that fuels the supply isn’t going anywhere. High standing officials have even admitted to the demand being the problem, “In candid comments aimed at reassuring a sensitive neighbor, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted Wednesday that the United States shares blame for Mexico's drug violence, and promised more equipment and support to help the country's war against traffickers. Clinton said the U.S. has a duty to help since it is a major consumer of illicit drugs and a key supplier of weapons smuggled to cartel hit men” (Ellingwood). Now of course a bit of the violence of the drug war has spilled into the four border states of the U.S., but compared to what’s happening in Mexico it’s nothing. Though the Mexican government assures everyone that...
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