Drug cartel violence in Mexico, an animated video explainer

Jess Bachman at Visual.ly says,

We just produced this animated short on the escalating drug cartel violence on the US-Mexico border. This is some horrific stuff that is a lot closer than Afghanistan and Syria and something we play a much larger role in, yet it get's no national coverage. Additionally its not even mentioned as part of the gun control debate. Mexico has strict gun laws... where do the cartels arm themselves? Imported from the U.S. of course. Our gun policy is not just a domestic one. Here's to hoping we can keep the drug war at the forefront this term.


  1. “Here’s to hoping we can keep the drug war at the forefront this term.”  i hope this is sarcastic; or Jess Bachman meant “ending the drugwar as high ranking priority”

  2. Sure, they get much of their guns from the USA, via the Mexican army, oh, and of course, the ATFs program of illegal sales (Fast And Furious scandal). 

  3. Hi, I’m an Apostrophe Freak – “It gets…”, not “It get’s”…a simple error like that makes many people doubt the care that someone puts into writing something.  OH WELL.  

        1. I think you should have left off the ad hominem throwaway comment– “…makes many people doubt the care…”. A typo is a symptom of being human. Even simple ones. Why not phrase it as an attempt help and care for the person you’re offering a correction to?

  4. Boy, that’s rich: Use a silhouette of a Chinese-made variant of a Russian-designed (Soviet) weapon in an agitprop piece blaming Mexico’s cartel violence on America.  They might want to pick a more appropriate visual next time.

    1. The vast majority of AKs available in the world are of either Chinese or former Soviet bloc countries’ manufacture.

  5. Clearly we cannot eliminate USA’s demand for cocaine, and can’t make coke legal, so is there another option?

    If the problem is Mexican drug cartels, and most of the drugs are not produced in Mexico, the obvious solution is to lock down our borders with Mexico so drug trafficking will have to find another path to the market in the USA,  hopefully resulting in the Mexican cartels being cut out of their position as middlemen.

    Clearly we need to close the US-Mexican border in order to save Mexican lives!

    1. Why can’t we make coke legal?  Shouldn’t adults be able to decide for themselves what to do with their own bodies?  

      1. I think most drugs should be legal. But it should be pointed out that addiction is a very real, very serious problem even now, when drugs are illegal.

        So I think the answer on the personal, as opposed to political, level is that no, many adults cannot decide for themselves, because they are literally unable to stop using a particular substance despite how much they’d like to.

        1. I wasn’t claiming that all adults are capable of dealing with addiction, I merely stated my belief that consent should lie solely with themselves.  That’s not to say that consent shouldn’t be removed in certain cases, but cases such as those should only be determined in a court of law, or given away voluntarily by someone capable of understanding what that means.  If you’re going to demand the removal of anything that is the subject of an addiction… that’s impossible.  Also, people will suffer from addictions regardless of whether or not it’s illegal, so making things illegal doesn’t help people with addictions.  Legalize, regulate, and treat for addictions.  That’s only way it will ever work until human’s have the ability to rewrite their own programming, and remove the source of addiction.

        2. All research and successful drug policy shows that treatment should be increased and law enforcement decreased while abolishing mandatory minimum sentences.

          Legal things to which people routinely become addicted: hamburgers, porn, gambling, alcohol, cigarettes.

          1.  You’ll take their hamburgers from their cold dead hands, after they have a heart attack while trying to destroy the evidence that they’ve been illegally stockpiling hamburgers

    2. Haha, I realize you’re being sarcastic (I hope you are!), but to answer those who really think that…”closing down the border” is completely impossible. 

      I’m a Marine vet, and I’m familiar with the mechanics and real-world possibilities as far as physical security go. The border is simply too big. There is not enough money, training, or personnel in the US (or maybe anywhere) to secure an area of that size. Nor is there any physical barrier which could reliably deter enough traffic to be worthwhile.

      Instead, what will happen is this: you will increase scarcity by making the passage more difficult. Increased scarcity will raise prices, leading to a higher incentive for violence and drugs. Making the drug trade a bit more difficult only increases the drug trade by making the reward for high risk activities greater.

    1.  It becomes a problem when the “huge” penalties that prosecutors and politicians laud pale in comparison to the operating profits of the companies involved. I seem to recall the US Gov gloating about how they were fining MS a million dollars a day for anti-competitive behaviour, which anyone who knows anything about MS knows is chump change.

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