How To Keep American Arms From Mexican Drug Cartels

From CNN:

A trio of Democratic U.S. senators called for tougher firearms laws and regulations after releasing a report that showed a large number of weapons used by Mexico drug gangs originate north of the border.

More than 70% of 29,284 firearms submitted to the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for tracing by the Mexican government during 2009 and 2010 originated in the United States, according to the report.

The report, released Monday, is the latest element in a debate over how large a role the United States plays in arming the ruthless Mexican drug cartels that are responsible for more than 34,000 killings since 2006.

Is this a problem? Of course. But there are those who think more gun control laws will solve the problem:

Proponents of stricter gun controls say that the staggering numbers of U.S. weapons that end up in Mexico show that something must be done to control arms smuggling.

Here’s a grand idea: Eliminate the demand for those arms by legalizing drugs and stripping the gangs of their stranglehold on the market. Criminalization of drugs, as I’ve written before, is the lifeblood of violent drug cartels:

The illegality of marijuana serves only to drive the market for marijuana underground and give violent drug cartels a monopoly on production and distribution. In other words, criminalizing drugs subsidizes cartels. Legalizing it would allow average Joes to sell to their neighbors thereby stripping cartels of their funding.

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