The New York Times quotes an expert:
“It’s shocking to hear anyone in the United States considering a solution that would make it seem more like Colombia.”
In Guatemala, riding a public bus is a risky business. More than 500 bus drivers have been killed in robberies since 2007, leading InSight Crime, which tracks organized crime in the Americas, to call it “the most dangerous profession on the planet.”
Wow, finally, somebody is allowed to point out that all this immigration from Latin America isn`t, all else being equal, making America more like America, it`s making America more like Latin America, and that`s not a good thing.
Oh … sorry … this isn`t article about illegal immigration, which, as we all know, is impossible for the government to stop. The undocumented workers will just get 51 foot ladders to climb over any 50 foot fence, as the Obama Administration`s Secretary of Homeland Security pointed out.
No, this ia an op-ed about how we need more gun control laws so we aren`t like Latin America.
Except, as the essay mentions, Latin America has tons of gun control laws:
THOUGH many of these [Latin American] countries have restrictions on gun ownership, enforcement is lax. According to research by Flacso, the Guatemalan Social Science Academy, illegal guns far outnumber legal weapons in Central America.
But, these examples of the failures of gun control in Latin America are irrelevant because, presumably, we all know that Latin Americans are, to be frank, incompetent screw-ups. Never mind the failures of Latin America, all we have to do is pass more gun control laws, because we can totally stop illegal guns.
In contrast, Latin American illegal immigrants are impossible for the United States government to stop because they are so insanely, unstoppably competent. But, that`s great, because they make America so much more vibrant.