technology and violence in Mexico
This morning on NPR’s BBC News Hour, they were discussing the drug violence in Mexico, which has recently spilled over the US/Mexico border. (You can find a similar report from the BBC here.) I only caught the tail end of it, when the reporter mentioned that the violence erupted over control of trade routes into the US to feed the US market for drugs. They also played the sound of heavy artillery fire occurring in Juarez, pointing out that it was much easier to obtain heavy weapons in the United States than Mexico, and that authorities thought the weapons were likely being smuggled into Mexico from the States.
We’ve all seen the bumper sticker, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people,” and “Guns don’t kill people. Bullets kill people.” But really, how much responsibility goes to the provider of technology which is what allows such violence to occur? We’ve talked before about how people can use technology, or people can be at the mercy of technology. Providing a gun is not the same as instructing someone to kill, but it also gives the capacity to kill en masse. I guess a similar question would be over how responsible the inventors of the atom bomb are for the destruction of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. I’m not sure, but I was unnerved that technology from our country is part of why so many thousands have died in Juarez.