Trouble next door

The federal government should step up its efforts to halt drug violence in Mexico.

If you have picked up a newspaper in the past few months or caught a segment from CNN, you know that Mexico is a danger zone. Plagued by drug wars that have spread onto US borders, Mexico is more corrupt and treacherous than ever. Juarez, the Mexican city that is a stoneâÄôs throw away from Texas, has become a violent hot spot for the drug cartels. The border city was responsible for 1,600 killings in 2008 alone and poses a grave threat to U.S. security. The drug trade will not end, however. But to put an end to the violence, we must implore our administration to pass stricter gun control and border patrol legislation. Mexico has been a drug haven for decades, but current violence puts U.S. citizens at risk. We are not paying enough attention to our neighboring Mexico and simply put, we are not investing enough in our national security. As Clinton visited Mexico this past Wednesday, she made surface observations on the drug war plaguing our border and accepted a shared responsibility. After all, the U.S. is a major consumer of drugs and is a rapid producer of accessible weapons. Clinton stated that the U.S. would contribute $80 million in new funding to aid the Mexican police force. In addition, Obama is set to send 500 federal agents to bordering states. ItâÄôs not enough, however, and Mexico needs more than monetary support. We should implore our government to pass stricter border patrol and gun legislation. Taking such action will drastically reduce the sources of the drug related violence. Enforcing such laws is the only way to secure the region and prevent future violence. Combating the drug trade is almost an impossible task, but the violence can be subsided. It is a startling estimation that 90% of guns being used by drug controllers and traffickers in Mexico come from the US. We have the power and capability in the US to eliminate that horrifying percentage, and begin to stop the bloodshed.