Should Our Officers in Mexico Be Allowed to Carry Guns?

Should Our Officers in Mexico Be Allowed to Carry Guns?

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    Should Our Officers in Mexico Be Allowed to Carry Guns?

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by AdoptedTexan View Post
    Would you accept an assignment to go to work temporarily in Mexico if you were not allowed to carry a gun?
    I sure would...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    Various assignments in most types of LE are not optional.

    everything but death is optional

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    Quote Originally Posted by paullie View Post
    everything but death is optional
    That is true, if you have no concern of the consequences. I presumed that as a given, my mistake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Rogers View Post
    I sure would...
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveJay View Post
    Why do we want to ignore Mexico's sovereignty???
    Mexico isn't a country. It's an operating environment for drug cartels that on good days provides basic services to people who happen to live in some areas.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
    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.
    I agree 100%. If we are invited to assist, then they should know the rules we will operate by. Rule #1, our guys will be able to defend themselves!
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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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