Jamaica has the world’s highest murder rate; a gang war has taken over the streets of Kingston, and as usual, the United States is being blamed. Just like the drug wars taking place in Mexico, Jamaica’s gang wars are said to be fueled by guns from America.

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Jamaican Gang Wars

Fewer than 1,000 guns are recovered by authorities on the streets of Jamaica each year, of those about 80% can be traced back to the United States. Does that mean that the U.S. is fueling the Jamaican gang wars? That all depends on your perspective; whether you’re part of the blame America first crowd, or whether you think people are responsible for their own actions.

Jamaican police are having a hard time confiscating weapons that come in through their ports; only seizing 100 weapons in the last five years. Now that sounds like to me that their inspection process at the ports is either ridiculously outdated and behind the times or somebody doesn’t want to find anymore weapons. That, is not the fault of America.

Two years ago, X-ray scanners were installed for the first time at Jamaican airports. Jamaican gangs use bribery and intimidation to get their guns through; once again, not our fault. These incidents are terrible, but not our fault.

In April, a newly hired customs supervisor had his tires slashed and days later was shot at on his way home from work, authorities say. The man was known for his strict scrutiny of cargo coming into a gang-infiltrated warehouse on the Kingston wharf.

Now just like the Mexican government, Jamaica is chiming in about how Americans only care about what comes in the country; not what goes out. As we’ve talked about before, the Mexican’s have a problem and they want someone to blame. My fear is that Jamaican authorities are looking for someone to blame for the Jamaican gang wars.

One big problem that doesn’t get much attention here, is the fact that a huge number of guns that enter Jamaica come from Jamaican citizens that live in Florida. Can somebody say immigration reform? Same situation in Mexico.

The U.S. and Jamaica both prohibit the unlicensed transport of guns. But like Mexican smugglers, Jamaican ones depend on lax U.S. gun laws, corrupt customs inspectors and front men acting as buyers.

Do you see the term used, lax U.S. gun laws? That is the point of this whole Jamaican gang story. It’s the whole point, when the Administration talks about getting tough on Mexico. It will eventually be a battle here in America about the second amendment; not about Jamaican gang wars.

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