Friday, May 07, 2010

Gangsta's Paradise

El Universal takes a look at the bloody and chaotic drug war and pretty much concludes what everybody already knows: that we have a failed state on our border - and that the violence and lawlessness there are spilling over into our sovereign homeland.

Or maybe we should say "their" instead of "our," since we're not actually Mexican.

Gun Shows: The Narcos' Paradise

The majority of weapons trafficked into Mexico come through the borders of Arizona and Texas; states such as Governor Jan Brewer's facilitate the smuggling trade by having the most permissive firearms laws in the United States

...Of the four states that share border with Mexican territory, Arizona has the most permissive laws on possession and carrying of weapons.

According to the analysis of state laws conducted by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Violence through the Use of Weapons, Arizona (581 km border) is the border state that best facilitates the smuggling of weapons into Mexico, because it allows sales without background checks of buyers and has no restrictions on the number of weapons that are available.

The Brady center publishes an annual report on state laws. In 2009, it gave Arizona a score of 2 out of 100 points.

The two points were awarded for preventing weapons from being carried in classrooms, but the state failed on criteria relating to the control of arms trafficking, verification and criminal background of buyers and sellers, lack of safety measures to prevent weapons from reaching minors, and for not having restrictions on the sale of military-style assault rifles and the carrying of weapons in public places.

The only state worse than Arizona, in the regulation of firearms, is Utah
, which earned a score of zero.

Arizona, along with Nevada and Utah, makes up the "UZI Triangle," so-called because they have the largest number of manufacturers of assault weapons in the US, according to the Violence Policy Center.

We were pretty sure they were making up that "Uzi Triangle" thing, but it turns out to be true.

Anyway, as soon the God-fearing white people of the Failed State of Arizona finish neutralizing the menace posed by Latino lettuce-pickers and busboys, we're sure they'll turn their attention to the gun shows.


Conan The Librarian said...

It's even worse than you think:


Burro Hall said...

Jesus, is there anything Arizona isn't fucking up these days?

Conan The Librarian said...

What do you want to bet they try to blame it on "illegals" (i.e., the very folks the companies hire as cheap labor to pick the stuff in the first place)?