Former Brady lawyer blames guns for cartels being violent

Former Brady lawyer blames guns for cartels being violent
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The Mexican drug cartels are violent criminal organizations that effectively rule entire regions of Mexico. They’re the reason the nation directly to our south is such a violent, dangerous place.

Of course, Mexico blames the US because it’s easier to do that than to actually go in and deal with the terrifying criminal organizations holding your nation hostage.

Yet a new anti-gun organization founded by a former lawyer for Brady wants to blame the US for the cartels being violent in the first place.

Former top lawyers at the gun control advocacy organization Brady have formed a new gun policy venture. And they’re registering as foreign agents of the Mexican government as part of it.

The new advocacy group, Global Action on Gun Violence, aims to address cross-border gun trafficking from the U.S., according to filings with the Department of Justice. The group, which has not yet formally launched, intends to represent foreign governments or others rallying against the gun industry in lobbying and litigation. It is led by Jonathan Lowy, the former chief counsel at Brady who directed the organization’s legal arm for years.

In an interview, Lowy emphasized that he departed from the legacy nonprofit “amicably.” He said he views gun control as a means to address issues with cross-border drug trafficking and migration and plans to work with countries or others “affected by U.S. gun industry practices.”

“The guns that are trafficked across the border, is like the venom in the cartel,” he said. “That is the venom that makes them dangerous.”

In other words, our refusal to just go along with gun control really is the root of all of Mexico’s problems. If we’d just ban guns, suddenly the cartels would stop being in the drug business and start exporting avocados or something.

It’s absurd.

The cartels are violent criminal organizations that move illicit drugs all around the world. They obtain substances that are illegal in just about every country on the planet and sell them at a huge profit.

To believe that they’d be lost without American guns ignores the fact that they have large amounts of money, a demand to have something they’re not allowed to have lawfully, and no moral compunction to obey Mexican laws.

They’d get guns regardless. Someone out there would be happy to sell them guns, only then the guns might not be as relatively benign as ours. After all, full-auto is heavily restricted, so it’s unlikely any of those are making their way south.

But if the American supply dried up, someone would be happy to meet that demand, and those sales might not be restricted to just semi-auto.

Look, I hate what Mexico is going through, but they’ve also got a notoriously corrupt police system and an inability to deal with their own problems. They’ve been used to shifting their problems here for years and this is just a continuation of that.

Yet for Lowry, it takes a lot of ignorance to look at the Mexican issue with the cartels and not recognize that an organization that rich and powerful are going to get guns from somewhere, so if you want to take them down, making it harder for law-abiding citizens to get firearms isn’t the answer.