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How Would Private Gun Ownership in Mexico Impact Border Security?


HS Today — “Legalization” is a loaded word in any conversation dealing with Mexico’s drug war. But it always seems to center around illegal drugs -- primarily marijuana. Not too many people, especially on the US side of the border, ever really debate legalizing something else: private gun ownership in Mexico.

Southbound weapons trafficking is easily one of the most controversial issues in the drug war, but few Americans understand the root cause of the need for Mexican transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) to illegally import firearms from the United States, Central America and elsewhere for their macabre purposes.(Full Story)

David Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute and associate professor of political science at the University of San Diego, doesn’t believe that arming Mexican citizens is the answer to the drug war, but he thinks it would result in some significant changes.

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