Cuevas' proposal to ban toy weaponry, introduced on Thursday, is one of a number of legislative proposals aimed at addressing in one way or another the explosion of killings and kidnappings that Mexico is experiencing.
Lawmakers have suggested legalizing marijuana to reduce traffickers’ profits, bringing back the death penalty for kidnappers and reducing the age at which criminal suspects can be tried as adults to 12 from 18, among other measures.The bills face varying probabilities of success and are in some cases dismissed as irrelevant by security experts. But they show the concern, and even desperation, that many politicians feel toward the state of their crime-racked country.
Now let me get this straight, in addition to banning toy guns, the other proposals are 1. Legalizing marijuana, 2. Capital punishment for kidnapping, and 3. Trying 12 to 18-year-olds as adults.
Banning toy guns makes good sense to me, not so much for the immediate situation but for the long range. In fact, teaching kids that violence is not the answer is probably the only hope we have of curbing the vicious cycle. So eliminating the look-alike playthings of that cycle may be part of it.
Legalizing marijuana works for me too. The NYT article goes on to say that it has scant possibility of acceptance, but it opens talks of decriminalization like what was recently adopted in MA.
Capital punishment is never an option, I say, nor would it help in any way. Actually, I believe it would exacerbate the already dreadful situation if the death penalty were expanded in Mexico to include kidnapping and other crimes short of murder.
Trying young offenders as adults is out as far as I'm, concerned. I agree with what Weer'd has commented a few times that it's an individual call whether a kid might have the mental capacity to actually belong in the adult category, but since it's impractical to sort that out, they need to stay in the juvenal system. Resources may be needed there to accommodate the numbers.
After so much meandering around, we finally got down to the real problem: real gun availability. Now, I realize what can happen in a violent society when people have machetes by the thousands, lìke in Rwanda a while back, and I saw how many knife and strangulation murders there were in Jersey City last year, nevertheless, I'm gratified to see the government of Mexico agrees with me that something needs to be done about the "flow."
One priority of Mr. Calderón’s government is to reduce the number of real guns in Mexico, the vast majority of which are smuggled into Mexico from the United States. That is likely to be high on the agenda when Mr. Calderón meets with President-elect Barack Obama on Monday in Washington.
What's your opinion? Do you think it harms children to play with toy guns? Does it lead to violence and difficulty in handling confrontation as adults? Would legalizing marijuana help diminish the bloodshed in Mexico? How about the death penalty and trying kids as adults, would they help?
What do you think about the flow of guns into Mexico? We talked about it before; did we come up with any solutions?
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