Violence is rising in Mexico as the country absorbs their own crime problem, deflected back to them due to assertive border policies enforced by ICE and U.S. President Donald Trump.
The major cartel groups that once ran drugs into the U.S. are rapidly being broken up into smaller factions. The splintering of the cartels has given rise to smaller, competing factions. This has made gun violence more prevalent in Mexico as a greater number of cartels fight for control over their region. Experts predict that cartel struggles will continue on into 2019 as they fight over territory. Because Mexico has strict gun control laws, many are unable to defend themselves from cartel violence.
Mexico's gun control laws encourage organized crime that the U.S. must address at the border
The Mexican government feeds the homicide problem because they have strict gun control laws, prohibiting law abiding citizens from adequately protecting themselves. The cartels grow and become more violent because they know they can get away with organized crime. There is no challenge from the citizenry. There is no armed republic poised to hold them accountable.