Mexican gun control has ensured the cartels' ability to outgun law-abiding Mexican citizens.
From The Mises Institute: ((Link: mises.org)
2017 may have been the worst year for homicide in Mexico since the government began keeping track in the 1990s.
It's a safe bet that the homicide rate isn't coming anywhere near what it was in the years surrounding the revolution. But it may be the worst rate in several decades.
German news site DW reports:
The Interior Ministry said authorities ... put the country's  homicide rate at 20.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The highest figure ever recorded in Mexico before last year was in 2011, during the peak of the Mexican government's war on drugs.
Unfortunately, some observers think the Mexican state is fudging the numbers:
Mexican security analysts Alejandro Hope told AP news agency that the [official] figure is based on the number of murder investigations opened last year, not the number of victims.
Hope added that it also doesn't take into account that a killing may result in more than one victim. He placed the homicide rate closer to 24 per 100,000 inhabitants.
According to the official stats in recent years, the homicide rate in Mexico hit 22.6 per 100,000 in 2011, and then declined after that. If critics are right, and the current rate is near 24 per 100,000, that would be a new peak.1
By comparison, the homicide rate in the United States was 5.3 per 100,000 in 2016 (the most recent data available) ranging from 1.3 per 100,000 in New Hampshire to 11 per 100,000 in Louisiana.
Homicide rates vary far more wildly in Mexico, with rates ranging from around 1 per 100,000 in Yucatan state to over 100 per 100,000 in Colima state.
Why Are Rates So High?
Violent crime may be Mexico's largest problem for its economy, growth, and its standard of living. In recent decades, Mexico has moved beyond single-party political rule. It now has competitive elections in more than name only. It has several metropolitan areas which are — outside of the crime issue — considered good places to do business. It is increasingly connected to the global economy. The UN ranks it "high" on its Human Development Index. Along with other rapidly modernizing Latin American Countries like Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Panama, it would be very wrong to call Mexico a "third world" country.
So why the persistent violent crime?
This is one of those issues that has no simple answer. Part of the problem is due to a lack of local control. Some is due to the Drug War — as is the case in the US and other countries. Part is due to demographics.
This doesn't stop some commentators, though, from attempting to assign easy explanations to the problem.
One such recent trend in polemics is found among gun-control advocates who attempt to blame Mexico's crime woes on the availability of small arms in the United States.
This blame game results in part from the fact that Mexico is not exactly laissez faire when it comes to firearms. As Vox notes:
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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox stated that the Florida shooting is "what you get" with "racist" President Trump's "violent language" as the leader of America.
From Fox News:
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox offered his condolences to the victims of the Florida high school shooting before adding that the tragedy is "what you get" with "aggressive and violent language" from the Trump White House.
“When you speak out of the White House [with] this aggressive, violent language, when you discriminate, when you’re a racist, that’s what you get,” Fox said of Trump on HBO.
Fox said he had to "stand up" to Trump in light of statements made that he said offended hundreds of millions of Mexican people.
"We need harmony. We need love. We need happy communities," Fox said in the wake of the shooting that killed 17 and wounded several others.
He reiterated his promise that Mexico will not pay for the president's proposed border wall and held up a sign reading "I arrived here by tunneling."
Fox also discussed the state of drug cartels and illicit narcotics in Mexico and the United States, saying that his country is hosting a Global Cannabis Summit to seek legalization of marijuana.
Read more: (Link: insider.foxnews.com)
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