Armed Mexican citizen militias fight crime

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    Armed Mexican citizen militias fight crime

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    Mexican gun control laws limit citizens to owning smaller-caliber weapons and a handful of bullets for home defense, but group members said they were not going to leave themselves vulnerable and outgunned.
    Wonder where they're getting their guns from...

    Once they clean up their towns, maybe they can clean their government.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    Once they clean up their towns, maybe they can clean their government.
    *refrains from making a comment about our own dirty government*
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronzorelli View Post
    *refrains from making a comment about our own dirty government*
    Hey! At least OUR corrupt government speaks english!!







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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    Wonder where they're getting their guns from...
    There are so many guns in Mexico from the drug war that they can be picked up off the street, full auto M16s with grenade launchers, full auto AK47s, you know, all the stuff Arizonans and Texans buy in gun shops :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by livewire9880 View Post
    There are so many guns in Mexico from the drug war that they can be picked up off the street, full auto M16s with grenade launchers, full auto AK47s, you know, all the stuff Arizonans and Texans buy in gun shops :)
    Damm I must be shopping in the wrong gun shops

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    These "citizen militias" are likely funded & armed by cartels to keep other groups out of town, and wed the group they support closer to the cartels sphere of influence.

    They are probably armed well enough to discourage rival groups from coming into an area in anything but overwhelming force...but not well enough that if the sponsor decided to cut them off they would have enough to stand against them.

    Proxy warfare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beans View Post
    Damm I must be shopping in the wrong gun shops
    Aww, I was hoping to have you send me a few :-D

    Quote Originally Posted by MitchellCT View Post
    These "citizen militias" are likely funded & armed by cartels to keep other groups out of town, and wed the group they support closer to the cartels sphere of influence.

    They are probably armed well enough to discourage rival groups from coming into an area in anything but overwhelming force...but not well enough that if the sponsor decided to cut them off they would have enough to stand against them.

    Proxy warfare.
    I hadn't thought about that, but you're probably right. I guess it's what I would do, tell them it's for their own 'protection' so they can 'guard' against the other cartels, but make them dependent on me for ammunition and replacements when their cheap Chinese AKs fail.

    I feel for the Mexican citizenry, it's no wonder they keep hopping the border considering what they get to deal with at home.

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    Probably not even that sinister.

    Your town is in a contested area.

    I come in from Los Zetas and say "You could fight us, and we will kill you all. Or...you could make an agreement with us that nobody notices when we come into town, and if those Gulf Cartel guys come by, you make a phone call. And...because we don't want the government to have to come in to...well, I'd say restore order, but really, have they ever done that...I'm going to toss you guys some 2 crates of SKS rifles, a crate of AK's, 30 handguns and about 10K rounds so you can see to it yourselves that you can sort things out on your own."

    Am I now your friend?

    I think so.

    I just gave you rifles and ammo to protect yourselves, I'm really not interested in your intra-village affairs and I may have just built a health clinic and paid for a Cuban Doctor to come by and offer vaccines to kids and old people.

    It's more complex in Mexico than just "Citizen Militias" or "Anti-Crime Patrols"...

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    If the Mexican Government hadn't slaughtered the firearms provision in their constitution, maybe it wouldn't have gotten this bad. Of course, if every level of their government hadn't been so easy to buy off, it wouldn't have gotten this bad either.

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    People are the same no matter what their nationality. They will only put up with crap for so long then it hits the breaking point. Bravo for them!

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