If you want a living demonstration of why we have the Second Amendment, look south of the border, where Mexican civilians are taking up arms to fight a two-front war against drug traffickers and corrupt police.
Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State (UPOEG) Xaltianguis community self-defense force commander Miguel Angel Jimenez told reporters that in just four days, more than 100 women had taken up arms to protect their community from organized crime groups.
Jimenez said nine groups of 12 women each will patrol during the day in Xaltianguis, 30 miles from Acapulco. They will carry firearms just like men, Jimenez said, but UPOEG has only about 80 guns, and the weapons are rotated among members. From photos, most appeared to be well-worn rimfires and break-open shotguns, but such aged arms have proven effective in other towns where determined citizens have risen up against the cartels.
They’d be a lot better armed, of course, if former Mexican President and Castro intimate Jose Luis Echevarria hadn’t essentially outlawed firearms ownership in 1972 during a term that included nationalizing the mining and electrical industries, redistributing private land, inviting the PLO to open an office in Mexico City and supporting Marxist Chilean President Salvador Allende. He later was charged, though not convicted, of genocide for a 1968 massacre. In short, everything a foreign leader needed to be lionized by the New York Times.
His laws did what gun laws everywhere and at all times do; left arms in the hands of the criminals and corrupt police, while depriving citizens of any effective means of protection. It’s good to see that Mexicans stashed a few in 1972 for retrieval 40 years later. It’s just a pity we can’t contribute guns for them the way U.S. gun owners did for the British in 1940. I’ve got guns in the back of the safe I’d love to send to “Save a Mexican Home.” Maybe it would make up at least a little for the way our government knowingly armed Mexican criminals through the Fast & Furious program!