Everyone knows that the war on drugs in Mexico has intensified over the last couple of years. What Mexican school teachers did not anticipate was the increase in popularity of “Narco” as a career choice among their students.
At a recent carne asada, the topic of young student’s career aspirations came up. An aunt of mine, who recently retired after teaching 30+ years in the Mexican public school system, discussed her struggle with disrespectful students who lost interest in their education because their highly coveted Narco lifestyle does not require it. How do kids between the ages of 5 and 13 get exposed to this idea? Who is to blame? Parents. That’s right, not the news or media, but parents. It’s time to take responsibility and ownership of what information is being fed to kids these days.
When I asked my little 2 year old cousin if he preferred a Bible or a gun, there was no hesitation and he quickly shouted “pistola!” (translation: gun). Where did he get this idea? Pistola is a three syllable word and is much harder to pronounce than Biblia so it can’t be that. Do people around him walk around with guns all day? Well, maybe in some ranchos, but for the most part, eh no! I know what you’re thinking, most kids his age want weapons instead of books. Well, as the new movie “The Book of Eli” will attest, The Bible is a weapon. So shouldn’t my little cousin’s parents be giving him Bibles and books for Christmas? I think so.
Think about it. Why do kids want guns? To defend themselves. To deter and/or hurt that which is making them feel attacked. What is a Mexican child’s biggest fear? El Chupacabras, El Cucui and somewhere in between there is La Llorona. A gun is not gonna do anything to them. A traditional Mexican will persinar (make the sign of the cross from the forehead down to the chest and across the shoulders in order to bless oneself) before facing a villain, dueling an opponent, or plain and simply when asking for protection and blessings from up above. Who primarily does this? Bible exposed adults. So why are they not teaching this to their kids from a very young age? They’re not seeing the connection between a child’s desire for guns and their vulnerability to become Narcos. Yes it’s a stretch, but work with me…
I know anti-Christians and atheists are probably thinking I’m crazy. This post is not about promoting a religion or imposing religious views. Let’s look at the big picture here because many of you are concerned about your jobs and immigration policy. My American peeps, would you rather have Bible loving Christian immigrants crossing your border or gun loving maniacs? Exactly. The US would never impose a “War on Bibles” on Mexico and Colombia. Well, at least not yet. Instead of spending millions of dollars trying to confiscate guns and imprisoning Narcos, the US government could invest that in printing and giving away Bibles (just don’t let kids know they’re free or else they won’t appreciate their Christmas present as much). At the end of the day, these Narcos are gonna get one in prison anyways so why not get it to them before they become convicted criminals. It would only take about 5 percent of what the US government is spending on the war on drugs to accomplish this goal. The rest of the money can actually go into creating jobs and reducing the US budget deficit. ‘Nuff said.