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Mass Shootings, but What about Mexico? By Charles Taylor
Probably by the time you read this, America will have another mass shooting. But these shootings are what the media reports on and emphases. Shootings go on in gang-related matters in cities like Baltimore and Chicago by the day. Baltimore, which has been the subject of Trump’s “infested” comments, and his more recent remarks, that Baltimore’s murder rate tops even El Salvador’s:
“Baltimore’s homicide rate for 2018 was calculated by CBS at 51.3 per 100,000 for the year 2018. That is indeed high compared to homicide rates in other cities. A Pew Center report for 2017, meanwhile, saw Baltimore’s homicide rate hit 55.8 per 100,000, to rank second among American cities. Baltimore’s homicide rate is higher than those in any of the Central American countries that Trump mentioned — but its population is also far lower than any of them. Among those countries, El Salvador had the highest rate, with 51 homicides per 100,000 population in 2018. That’s over 3,000 homicides in a country with more than 6 million people.”
The fact that Baltimore’s population is lower means that Baltimore is indeed worse than those South American countries. As I read it, Trump is right in his criticism of Baltimore. But still, many South American countries such as Mexico, have an unbelievable rate of crime, and it is hard to see how these places hold together in any shape or form:
“Several weeks ago, we documented how murders in Mexico jumped in 1H19 to the highest on record, despite President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's initiative to reduce crime in the cartel-ravaged country. From January to June, there were 14,603 murders, versus the 13,985 homicides recorded in 1H18. At the current rate, Mexico is expected to register the most killings ever, surpassing the 29,111 record set last year. In this report, we dive deeper into the cartel-led murder crisis that has notably expanded across the club scene in Mexico City. Bloomberg notes that drug gangs in Mexico City have become more powerful than ever. They're providing clubs and bars across popular parts of the city with an abundance of designer drugs, cocaine, and marijuana, fueling violent crime that has led to a tidal wave of murders. Mexico City has always been known as an area that no American tourist should visit, considering murders and gang shootouts are extremely common in ritzy tourist areas. The violence across the city has become so dangerous that the US State Department has placed a travel advisory for the city. The advisory warns: "violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread."
Since President Lopez Obrador, a nationalist that leans to the left, took office in December, the murder crisis has become the number one spoken subject at gyms, cafes, bars, and offices in Mexico City. Despite the president running on promises to reduce crime and make the economy more robust, murders have jumped 15%, and the city's economy is faltering under the leadership of Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, a political ally to the president. Gunfights this summer have pumped bullets into wealthy neighborhoods. There was an uproar earlier this year when two men from middle-class families were kidnapped and murdered, and this forced Sheinbaum to call up the National Guard to hunt for narcos. Large amounts of uncertainty surrounding the city's murder crisis have left investors with a sour taste as the country as a whole is headed for an economic recession. "Our clients are far more concerned," said Gonzalo Nadal, who runs Mexico City-based risk consultancy ON Partners, whose clients include the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico. "Some have expressed serious uncertainty" about whether to expand in the capital. Sheinbaum said violent crimes had been grossly underreported by the previous administration who modified crime data. She published new statistics for last year that showed homicides were higher than previously thought before she took power.”
This is precisely the world the Demo-rats and all open border advocates hope to create for the West, turning the West into, what Ann Coulter calls, “Third World hellholes.”
Playing soccer with decapitated heads is surely a sign of end times:
“Sickening video from a bloody prison battle in Brazil shows twisted gang members playfully kicking the decapitated heads of their rivals on the roof of the jail as 57 people have been killed in the clash. Six or so inmates were seen horsing around on top of the Altamira Regional Recovery Center in Brazil's northern Pará state. They appeared to be using human heads as balls for a sickening game of soccer. The footage emerged hours after a 'rebellion' broke out when gang members from one prison block invaded the prison annex and reportedly set part of it on fire around 7am. Sixteen of the 57 dead were decapitated in the bloody five-hour-long clash that ended around midday, an official from the Para state government's penitentiary department said. It was the latest violence to rock the country's overpopulated and deadly prison system.”
South American jails are among the most violent in the world, with prisoners often carrying around spears and other melee weapons, while guards let them fight it out. That could be a metaphor for the world to come, if we do nothing.