As many have noted, Mexico is having a bit of domestic problem right now. Drug gangs are operating something just short of an open war with authorities, and it’s not looking good for the government.
One of the bigger problems the Mexican government is having is that a large portion of the drug gangs’ weapons come from the United States.
(Naturally, this being ABC, there are some serious flaws with the story. Flaws that can only come from the reporters not only being utterly ignorant of gun-related matters, but utterly terrified of them as well. But the flaws don’t affect my point here.)
This, understandably, has the Mexican government a trifle concerned. They are deeply troubled at the rampant and unchecked flow of undocumented firearms crossing the border with impunity.
I, myself, feel sorry for these weapons. They’re just poor weapons, killing the Mexicans that Mexican weapons can’t be bothered to kill.
But nonetheless, something has to be done. If only there was something we could put up on the border, something that would stop this unceasing flow of undocumented weapons across the border. Something solid, something tangible, some sort of barrier that would restrict these weapons from crossing without being screened by authorities.
Something like a wall, perhaps?
Nah. That’s just crazy talk.
Here’s an idea I’ve suggested before: a gun exchange program.
For every illegal firearm the Mexican government turns over to the US, we give them back one Mexican here in this country
legallyillegally. Like in any gun exchange program, there will be no questions asked: one gun, one Mexican.
And before someone asks, no, this will be a strictly one-way deal. No Mexican gangs need bother offering to exchange Mexicans for guns, and no Americans can offer guns to Mexicans in exhcange for people.
This could be a great win-win deal for both sides. Which is precisely why I don’t expect it to go anywhere.