I'd like to speak to what I hope is a very small audience this evening.
That audience: Cocaine-users and their friends and associates.
I say small audience, but I fear it isn't.
This message is for the users, their girlfriends, boyfriends, Moms, Dads, sisters, brothers, uncles and aunts, co-workers, and classmates.
The users probably aren't listening so it's up to you.
Did you hear about the murder of the two Americans in Mexico this past weekend? The young man and his pregnant wife were shot to death in the front seat of their car, while another of the couple's children sat in her car seat in the back seat of the car.
Do you know why? The common theory is, that it's because one of the couple worked at the American consulate in Mexico, which has become a focus of the escalating cocaine war in that country.
Theirs were just two of more than 50 murders that took place in that country this past weekend ALONE.
And they were just two of thousands that have taken place there in the past year, all cocaine-related.
It would be one thing if the cocaine dealers were merely killing each other, saving Mexico's corrupt judicial system the time of giving them a slap on the wrist.
But innocent men, women and children are now getting killed a collateral damage in this widening war. Mexicans and Americans alike.
My message to the users and all of their friends and families: It's your fault.
That's right, you are all accessories to this murder and mayhem.
If it weren't for customers here in the U.S., none of this would be happening.
And if it weren't for the acquaintances of users, who are either afraid or unwilling to step forward and stop even one user, the pipeline couldn't be sustained.
The days for laughing about cocaine are over. The days when its use can be glamorized in movies, is long past.
It's not glamorous to know that you're the reason that innocent children and pregnant women are being killed just that you or a loved one can get high.
Blood is on your hands.
And the only way to come clean is to seek help for users. And if they won't accept help, and if the courts are the only way to stop them, they need to be turned over to police. Call it tough love. Call it whatever you like.
If you won't do it, get someone else to do it.
This has to end, and you are the key for making that happen.
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