🤔”Iron Pipeline” Drama: Guns Go South, Drugs Come North, But Who’s Really to Blame?🚫💊🔫
TL:DR; 🎯 U.S. and Mexico in intense chit-chat to halt gun traffic heading to Mexico and that nasty fentanyl flow making its way north. Is Uncle Sam finally getting the message? 🤷♂️
For eons (okay, maybe not that long), Mexican bigwigs have been like, “Hey, U.S., can you not?” pleading with them to stop their guns from cruising into Mexico. Meanwhile, the U.S. watched in horror as fentanyl partied its way up north. Guess what? They’re both using the same VIP entrance – smuggling routes. 🙄
Texas, y’all have some explaining to do! It seems like you’re the Santa Claus for Mexican cartels, gifting them with all these high-powered toys. 🔫🤠 And while Santa’s little helpers are smuggling drugs like fentanyl into the Lone Star state, these cartels are getting pumped with Texan firepower.
But here’s a twist 🌀 – only when these cartels became fentanyl masterchefs did Uncle Sam think, “Maybe we should do something about all those guns we’re shipping?” Seriously, 200,000 guns a year? 😲
Now, just imagine a scenario: Cartels making fentanyl treats, sending them into Texas, and protecting their goods with… yup, you guessed it, Texas-bought guns. 🙃 U.S. officials? Mostly scratching their heads on how to stop this blockbuster trade.
But could the winds be changing? 🍃 Gun control peeps and the anti-violence squad have spotted some hopeful signs. Thanks to a fentanyl OD crisis and Mexico’s sassy 2021 lawsuit against the U.S. gun industry, “Iron Pipeline” is now the talk of the town – from White House chit-chats to law enforcement pow-wows.
Hats off to the Senate last summer for FINALLY giving the green light to President Biden’s top pick for the ATF after a mere seven-year gap. Congress? They hopped on board with a new firearms trafficking law. And, in a move that screams “better late than never,” agents amped up their gun-snatching game in Texas and other Southwest states.
Francisco de la Torre, the Mexican consul general in Dallas, dropped some truth bombs recently: “Want to halt cartels? Stop gifting them weapons.” 🎤⬇️
Here’s a stat to chew on: about 70% of the guns Mexican officials snatch? Yup, they’re “Made in the U.S.A.” 🇺🇸 Many just chill out in the wild, and only a few of those caught get traced back to their last American owner.
Enter the NRA’s Billy McLaughlin. His take? 🧐 It’s all Mexico’s fault. According to him, Mexico’s flourishing drug cartels and the “Who’s-the-boss?” scenario within their own circles are the real culprits.
Oh, and let’s not forget some spicy Texas tidbits: There are tales of guns legally bought in North Texas, only to have their next stopover be in Mexico, all shady-like. For instance, in 2020, Mexican officers found 54 guns hidden in refrigeration units from the U.S., and a solid 30 were traced back to Mich…
Hey, readers! 📣 It’s been one heck of a gun and drug dance between the U.S. and Mexico. We’ve laid out the deets, but now, we’ve got a Q for you: Do you think it’s really possible to stop this “give and take” situation? 🤝 Or is it just an endless loop of blame games? 🔄 And who, in your opinion, needs to step up their game the most? Let’s chat! 🗣️👇