Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Bedeski, Robert, Andrew Andersen and Santo Darmosumarto. 1998 ‘Non-state Armed Groups.’ Small Arms Trade and Proliferation in Southeast Asia (24), pp. 10-11. Vancouver: Institute of International Relations, University of British Columbia. 1 September
Non-state Armed Groups
Through the flourishing illicit trade in small arms, these private armies occasionally appear at least as well equipped and trained than the national security forces.
This situation provides drug cartels with the tools to strengthen their grip over communities of peasants who are enslaved by the trade.