Mexico trails only Syria as the deadliest country on Earth. The drug cartels run many cities and provinces in the country, a problem that has never been properly addressed.

Then, this past Monday, Mexico saw an act of horrific violence committed against an unsuspecting young family with dual citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico.

The cartels murdered an entire family in cold blood, slaughtering innocent women and children. The attack appears to be retribution against the local Mormon community—to which the family belonged—for condemning the violence committed by the cartel in the past.

The New York Times reported that “The women and their children were taking a drive along a familiar rural road in northern Mexico when the gunmen attacked, riddling the three-car convoy with bullets.

One woman was shot at close range in the chest. One child was shot in the back. Several others—among them 6-month-old twins—were burned beyond recognition when one of the vehicles caught fire.

When the shooting stopped, six children and three women were dead, all members of the LaBaron family, dual Mexican and American citizens who have lived for decades in a fundamentalist Mormon community near the border.”

The Mexican government is corrupt in many provinces, as well as at the national level, and the country’s leaders have sat by as their country has descended into lawlessness.

For years, they didn’t do enough to stop the drug cartels from crossing the border into the United States, bringing drugs and crimes with them into the country.

That is, until President Trump made a deal with them, requiring them to send troops to guard the Mexican side of the border.

The policy of the Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been to fight the savages with “hugs, not bullets.”

And that’s an actual quote.

Clearly, that policy isn’t working and Obrador says he intends on fighting the crime wave by improving the economy. He thinks that people won’t resort to joining gangs if they have a job due to a growing economy.

The same argument is often made about terrorist recruitment in the Middle East. It is nothing but a cop-out answer and it fails to address the root causes of the problem.

President Trump was rightfully angered by the massacre—as every decent human should be—and pledged to help Mexico fight the cartels.

Trump tweeted: “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the Earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!”

Unfortunately, President Obrador has declined American help.

The United States has an interest in defeating the drug gangs. Many of those drugs and the violence they bring are exported to America, putting our country at risk.

If Mexico won’t clean up their side of the street, America is justified in helping to clean it up for them so it doesn’t cross into our side of the street.

These brutal murders should shock the Mexican government into accepting the help offered by President Trump.

They should reconsider his offer before more die in cold blood at the hands of savages.