U.S. firearm manufacturers profit from War on Drugs

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Over the past 5 years, over 20,000 firearms, or 87 percent, of firearms seized by Mexican authorities originated from the United States.

In the past 3 years, over 90 percent of firearms seized originated in the United States. 68 percent of those firearms were traced to U.S. manufacturers; the remaining percentage were imported to the U.S., then sent to Mexico.

The above information was gleaned from a Government Accountability Office memorandum written in 2009.

The same memo admits that it is impossible to estimate how much the actual number of U.S. made firearms have been exported to Mexico for use by drug cartels.

It is not unlikely that the actual amount if far higher than the amount seized. The report indicates that a large percentage of the firearms seized were AK-47 and AR-15-type rifles. The cost of an AR-15 can range from $600-$2000, depending on the rifle’s specification.

If at a low estimate, we consider the $600 figure for purposes U.S.-originated weapons seized in Mexico, the amount of money at stake is $12 million. Again, the actual monetary amount involved is likely far higher. After all, given the persistent, day-t0-day, cartel-inflicted violence that is occurring right now, there seems to be generous amounts of firearms from the U.S. that have yet to be seized.

Thus, firearm manufacturers are profiting from sales of their products to drug cartels in Mexico. Unfortunately, it is impossible to gauge with any degree of certainty the real extent of the gun manufacturers profits from this sales, at least insofar as disclosed public information shows.

These guns kill on a very large scale. They kill Mexicans, for the most part. In the United States, the U.S. supplied & funded deaths of Mexicans inspires little emotional reaction. Nothing, in fact, in comparison to the populist reactions that result when someone sees an “illegal” take an American job(Yes, many a purportedly well-rounded educated folk, including attorneys I know, are just as easily taken in by the warmth of populist rhetoric) But don’t forget that U.S. activity and jobs directly cause deaths of Mexicans, something a bit worse than taking a job.

This is not revelatory; no one likes to look at themselves as responsible for the travails that affect our world.

One must have scapegoats, or stylishly–well, this, that, and this need to be considered before I even deign to consider an analysis– ignore a serious problem.

No action is free from undesirable consequences. But Mexico did not choose to have their fate decided subject to the whims of the entitled drug-using citizens of the U.S. It is time to take responsibility for our own actions and halt the dumping of our deadly effluence to Southern Neighbors.

Parties that stand to gain from the drug war(i.e. firearm manufacturers), will continue to fund a consistent stream of information that persuasively argues in favor of the war on drugs, or alternatively for criminalization of drugs, which are close to the same thing.

Unless the people of the United States refrain from the intuitive, knee-jerk reaction that across-the-board drug legalization is a fantasy, we will all be, to some degree, responsible for the casualties.

 

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