Drug Law

Mexican Massacres Show Need to Pass Prop 19

| by NORML
By "Radical" Russ Belville

This is the ultimate result of the illegal marijuana market the Prop 19 traitors support:

(Huffington Post) MEXICO CITY — Gunmen killed 15 people at a car wash Wednesday in a Mexican Pacific coast state where drug-gang violence has risen this year. It was the third massacre in Mexico in less than a week.

President Felipe Calderon, speaking at a forum on security, called for a minute of silence for the victims of the Tepic attack and two other massacres that have occurred since Friday: an attack on a birthday party that killed 14 young people in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, and a shooting at a drug rehab center in Tijuana that killed 13 recovering addicts.

The three attacks did not appear to be related. Such mass shootings have become increasingly common in Mexico, where drug-gang violence surged after Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels soon after taking office in December 2006.

In April, 12 bodies, eight of them partially burned, were found in the fields outside the Nayarit town of Xalisco. Gonzalez, the governor, ordered schools to close early in June because of rising violence.

In other bloodshed in Ciudad Juarez, gunmen killed three undercover Mexican federal police officers as they waited for a person to cross a bridge from El Paso, Texas, authorities said Wednesday.

In an unrelated attack, a Chihuahua state police officer was killed Wednesday in his Ciudad Juarez home, said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office.

In the northwest city of Culiacan, meanwhile, gunmen burst into a Red Cross hospital and kidnapped a young man who had been shot, said Martin Gastelum, a spokesman for the Sinaloa state attorney general’s office.

One of the main reasons the public supported the repeal of the 18th Amendment prohibiting alcohol is because they saw blood and bodies in American streets, bullet-riddled by the Tommy guns of gangsters like Al Capone.  The Depression and economic pressure are what convinced our leaders to abandon Prohibition, but it was moms worried about their kids caught in a bootlegger turf war crossfire that provided the popular support the politicians needed to move forward.

Unfortunately, like so many of our good paying jobs, we’ve shipped our drug gang violence to Mexico, where the bodies and bullets are out of sight, out of mind to any American not living in San Ysidro, Brownesville, and El Paso.  You can bet if it were Tulsa, not Tepic, if it were Worcester, not Juarez, if it were Torrance, not Tijuana, Americans would be screaming for an end to it and realize, even more than they do now, that prohibition of drugs is a cure worse than any drug addiction disease.  If it were suburban white teenagers in body bags, not nameless Mexican kids, we’d put an immediate stop to it.

Nothing is going to make this problem go away in one wave of a magic wand.  Prohibition of marijuana has to be dismantled in small steps and replaced with a legal regulated market, just as New York and California first refused to enforce alcohol prohibition and forced the feds to eventually relent and allow for creation of the legal alcohol market.  A YES vote on Prop 19 in five days is that first small step.  A NO vote on Prop 19 says you accept slaughtered Mexican teenagers as an unavoidable cost of Americans getting high.