This on-the-spot video of being in a Mexican drug gang shootout is very real. The video was linked in a New York Times story on the killing of a Mexican drug boss, Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen. And I'm sure that many lives and dollars/pesos were spent on getting this creepy guy, and I don't want to minimize that in any way, but isn't he just going to be replaced by someone else?
The problems in Mexico are systemic. As in, very rich gringos live in the country to the north and pay for the drugs being transited through Mexico. And as long as the United States consumes illegal drugs, there is going to be another drug dealer and his gang to transport and sell them to us.
So I leave you with the prefect prescription for ending the Mexican drug war; stop using the drugs they sell and stop selling them the guns to shoot at each other. Just saying.