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Mexico's Baby Gangsters


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Cal
- 541 days ago - www2.macleans.ca
A survey finds more than a quarter of Mexican junior high school students see a career in organized crime



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Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:20 pm
Wow!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:28 pm
And Obama sees no need for border patrols.
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:25 pm
noted, thanks Cal
 

Stuart Thomas (505)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:50 pm
Noted, How sad and how frightening!
Thank you, Cal
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:31 pm
When the Mexican government essentially sanctions the "mafia" there...what can we expect?
 

D D. (107)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:49 pm
Just pitiful.
 

John S. (297)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:48 am
International law recognises that people at risk of persecution have a legal right to flee their country and seek refuge elsewhere, but does not give them a right to enter a country of which they are not a national. Nor do people at risk of persecution have a right to choose their preferred country of protection.
 

Gene Jacobson (244)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:46 am
What does it say about a country when 26% of its children see a life of deadly violence as their dream job? Mexican presidents for decades have been elected promising to "fix" this issue and this is the progress they have made? Maybe we ought rethink the war on drugs. Maybe we ought consider what some states in our country have already done and make marijuana a cash crop, legal, taxed and regulated for use by adults only. The by product, hemp, is an incredibly useful and versatile material which is what got it outlawed in the first place, it competed too successfully with other industries from textiles to clothing to construction materials. I think we are going about this the wrong way and this survey proves it.
 

Diana Bradley (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:45 pm
I'm sorry. I don't think legalizing a drug is the answer to try to combat this problem. It's a shame kids have to pay for the adults stupid acts. That's just laziness and taking the easy way or so they think. They need jobs, real jobs, not follow in family footsteps. Make a name for themselves. Grow up with pride in learning that drugs and crime is not the way to go.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:20 pm
Well, I guess if you think about it, it's not really that shocking. The US has not been very good "partners" with our neighbor to the south. Gene, (above), has it right.
The division of classes in Mexico is much worse than it is here...although we are still sinking lower, since The Powers That Be don't want to raise the minimum wage, or help kids get financed through college. An end to "the drug war" would solve a lot of this problem. Medical Marijuana is legal in border states CA & AZ now....just decriminalize it nationwide.
When the young of our population see there is no hope in their future, they will grasp onto anything that smells like hope. How many young adults joined the US military because they had nowhere else to earn a decent living?
*I'm sorry I'm unable to send a green star to Gene because I sent one within the past week.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:22 pm
Maybe because they were bought up surrounded by poverty that they think this way. Many kids still don't know what they really want at that age. Just because they say that now doesn't mean they are really going to live like criminals.
 

Barbara Goheen (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 3:21 pm
Maybe because they were bought up surrounded by poverty that they think this way. Many kids still don't know what they really want at that age. Just because they say that now doesn't mean they are really going to live like criminals.

Very good point.
 

Roger M. (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:02 pm
Terrifying.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:00 am
Shameful!
 

Nola g. (5)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:09 am
Wow, those poor children to grow up with no hope.
 

Cristina M. (130)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 5:09 am
Well of course. I can't imagine how does it feel to know that whatever your dreams, you will never be able to achieve them because you're poor and will never be accepted in a good school, probably will have to leave it to start working full time before you're 15 while some around you that sell drugs get the money, then you have the choice of either the bullet in the head or the gun in the hand. Is it difficult to see why their choice? Make drugs legal in the the US and Mexico and spare these people of such a life!
 

Cristina M. (130)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 5:12 am
Yeah and it's so easy to blame Mexico for everything, well the drugs are not consumed in the country and surely they don't appear by magic in the US, so instead of constantly blame Mexico and the government, the US should take a long look at their society and stop smuggling guns to Mexico either illegally or by stupid ATF operatives uncoordinated and try to control your people so they don;t consume more drugs than water. Millions in Mexico will be very grateful, myself included. Thanks Cal!
 
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