This is a discussion on Armed Mexican citizen militias fight crime within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...120807276.html 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 ...
Wonder where they're getting their guns from...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.
Once they clean up their towns, maybe they can clean their government.
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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.
I feel for the Mexican citizenry, it's no wonder they keep hopping the border considering what they get to deal with at home.
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"...
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.
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!
The US has legalized much of the gov't corruption in the forms of political campaign funds, lobbying, special interest groups, political action campaigns, etc. When it comes to politics and government (regardless of where), it's not about the money, it's about the money. Just follow the money trail.
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