March 27, 1:17 PM ·
In case you didn’t see the connection, let me explain.
Guns and ammunition have been strictly banned in Mexico since the notoriously bloody Mexican Revolution nearly 100 years ago. According to gun control advocates, this outright ban on gun ownership should have reduced crime in Mexico—especially gun crime—to virtually zero. Yet, that is clearly not the case.
Clinton says that 90% of guns in Mexico are smuggled in from the United States, a statistic provided by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. In the United States the vast majority of guns are not banned, and in Texas and New Mexico (the two states nearest the bloodshed in Juarez), gun restrictions are almost non-existent.
So why isn’t there blood in the street in Juarez’s sister city El Paso, Texas, which is only steps across the border? One can only conclude that El Paso is safer because the citizens are allowed to own guns; they have the ability to protect themselves from the gangs and thugs that operate just over the border in Juarez.
I can already hear the anti-gun crowd screaming that guns are not the reason for the disparity in violence; that this violence is because of government corruption in Mexico, and that is the difference between Juarez and El Paso, not citizens’ right to bear arms. But this begs the question of why one city is corrupt and the other is not so, when by almost any measure the cities are very similar?
Again, the only real difference between the two seems to be that in El Paso citizens can protect themselves with guns (from both the corrupt government and the drug cartels), while in Juarez citizens are victims of a corrupt government and drug-thugs.
Frankly, I’m happy to see that Secretary Clinton has finally come around on this issue. Now it’s time for her to take the next step and push for a Mexican Right to Bear Arms, so that Mexican families can stop being victims and start taking their communities back from the drug-thugs who currently run them. I, for one, would be the first to support her.
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