I don’t post stories about the firearms-related killings south of our border every day. But I could. Because every single day there are tales of unfathomable horror committed at the point of a gun somewhere down in Mexico. Well-armed, perpetually warring drug cartels exert a reign of terror over the populace; extorting, kidnapping, raping, torturing and murdering at will. We could – and have – focused on the question of where the drug thugs get their guns. Truth be told, you can trace the vast majority of their weapons to official American sources. But who cares? The cartels are making billions of dollars from the illegal drug trade. Guns they can get. If we want to stop this blight on human rights . . .
We have to stop the so-called War on Drugs. We have to legalize illegal drugs so that we can cut down on the money fleeing our country and fueling the well-armed terror in Mexico.
I realize that any such move would evoke the law of unintended consequences. I saw how Bath, England and Amsterdam, Holland descended into crime and filth when authorities turned a blind eye to illegal drugs. The initial fallout from legalized heroin, cocaine and/or other Schedule 1 substances could devastate entire cities.
But the War on Drugs has already devastated entire cities. Look at Chicago. Where do you think the gangs get the money to survive? And let’s not forget Mexico: The War on Drugs has destroyed the rule of law in that country, leaving hundreds of thousands of casualties in its wake, some buried in mass graves less than a hundred miles from our border.
Speaking of guns, the people are arming themselves against drug cartels and their government enablers. The Mexican government isn’t happy. We, as American gun owners, should support the autodefensas’ campaign for security, self-determination and democracy. Meanwhile, American gun owners should take a personal principled stand against arming the cartels – by not consuming illegal drugs.
Don’t get me wrong: I would never presume to tell another human being what they can and cannot put in their body (unless we’re talking about my daughters). But anyone who smokes dope, inhales a line of cocaine or ingests an illegal drug is contributing to the killing in Mexico. It’s that simple.