This is a discussion on Should Our Officers in Mexico Be Allowed to Carry Guns? within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I'm interested in the views of LEOs, especially anyone in ICE or Homeland Security or Border Patrol. I am not in law enforcement, but it ...
I'm interested in the views of LEOs, especially anyone in ICE or Homeland Security or Border Patrol. I am not in law enforcement, but it seems to me that officers working in Mexico as advisers to the Mexican government should be allowed to carry guns for personal protection at least. According to BHO, that's a no-no, since the Mexicans don't want us to carry inside their borders. So, if you ever were assigned duty in Mexico, did you go unarmed? Would you accept an assignment to go to work temporarily in Mexico if you were not allowed to carry a gun? Do you think the guys in Mexico carry BUGs despite the rules, or is that strictly enforced? Thanks for your input.
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I bet folks would defend our countries sovereignty at the drop of a hat....
Why do we want to ignore Mexico's sovereignty???
Mexico has the right to order foreigners to disarm...including law enforcement officers...
I don't like it given the current situation in Mexico...but its a fact...
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I personally think that if you are over there helping out the mexican government (which we dont have to do by the way) and you are in a position where the drug cartel is going to target you more than the average citizen, then yes I think they should be allowed to carry (at least non officially). Of course this is only my opinion and I am not in law enforcment either.
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Would we ask our Soldiers to disarm going into Iraq or Afganistan? If they want our help, they will allow police on official business to arm themselves. And if we have some reason to want to go over there and do police work we shouldn't ask our officers to go in their unarmed. If we can't agree on something, then... secure the boarder and stay out. Let them fight it out on their side or, if they bring it over, at least they meet armed resistance. No one should be asked to go there unarmed for any reason.
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If they do not want us there armed, they do not really want us there!
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Let's turn the question around: If we invited Mexican law enforcement over to our side of the border, would we want or allow them to be armed? (My knee-jerk answer is yes, for bona fide LE, if they are working in concert with US LE.) My suggestion is to let reciprocity be the rule, but obviously both sides need to agree to it.
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If they are being sent there without the option to turn down the assignment, then yes, they should be armed. If however they choose to take the assignment of their own free will, knowing the restrictions before hand, then abide with the stipulations the host country imposes.
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