Front Sight Blog: Mexican 2nd Amendment?
January 30th, 2014
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With that in mind, here is an article that makes me wonder, “Do Mexican gun owners have more freedom to possess arms than we do?” Is this the Mexican version of the Second Amendment? Think about it… 20,000 men under arms in a rural region in Mexico, ARMED WITH SUBMACHINE GUNS, and the Mexican government not only allows it, they endorse it by calling it a “Rural Defense Force.”
I don’t know how you feel about it, but I think the murder capitals of the US: cities like Detroit, Washington DC, Oakland, and others http://lawstreetmedia.com/blogs/crime/10-dangerous-large/ should have an “Urban Defense Force” of armed citizens to clean up the violent drug crime that plagues those cities.
It seems to be working for Mexico… And if you are part of the “Urban Defense Force you get to own and carry a submachine gun! But wait, we used to have that right, didn’t we? Oh yeah, way back in the 1960’s, before the Gun Control Act of 68.
Those were the days… fully automatic guns in the hands of citizens… buying guns through the mail… having ANY gun delivered to your home by the mail man… no waiting periods or paperwork needed at all. And with all those nasty fully automatic guns easily accessible to private citizens, there were NO school shootings and no cities with murder rates higher than combat war zones!
Clearly it is not the presence of guns, even fully automatic guns that are the problem. It is actually the lack of guns in the hands of responsible, law abiding citizens that is the problem AND MEXICO of all places just proved it again. Well done “Rural Defense Force!” AKA Armed Mexican Citizens!
See the story below…
Mexico legalizes vigilantes, nabs cartel leader
In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, an armed man belonging to the Self-Defense Council of Michoacan, (CAM), stands guard at a checkpoint set up by the self-defense group at the entrance to Antunez, Mexico.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico essentially legalized the country’s growing “self-defense” groups Monday, while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which the vigilante groups have been fighting for the last year.
The government said it had reached an agreement with vigilante leaders to incorporate the armed civilian groups into old and largely forgotten quasi-military units called the Rural Defense Corps. Vigilante groups estimate their numbers at 20,000 men under arms.
The twin announcements may help the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto find a way out of an embarrassing situation in the western state of Michoacan, where vigilantes began rising up last February against the Knights Templar reign of terror and extortion after police and troops failed to stop the abuses.
“The self-defense forces will become institutionalized, when they are integrated into the Rural Defense Corps,” the Interior Department said in a statement.
Vigilante leaders will have to submit a list of their members to the Defense Department, and the army will apparently oversee the groups, which the government said “will be temporary.” They will be allowed to keep their weapons as long as they register them with the army.
The army will give the groups “all the means necessary for communications, operations and movement,” according to the agreement. It’s not clear whether the vigilantes will be paid any wages. Such forces are usually voluntary.
The vigilante leaders were gathered for a meeting to discuss the agreement and were not immediately available to comment.
Latin America has been bruised by experiences with quasi-military forces, with such tolerated or legally recognized groups being blamed for rights abuses in Guatemala and Colombia in the past.
While the cartel may be on its way out, “there shouldn’t be abuses by those who come after, there shouldn’t be what we would call a witch hunt; there should be reconciliation,” said the Rev. Javier Cortes, part of a team of priests in the Roman Catholic diocese of Apatzingan who have publicly denounced abuses by the Knights Templar.
Before dawn on Monday, soldiers and police arrested one of the cartel’s top leaders, Dionicio Loya Plancarte, alias “El Tio,” or The Uncle.
National Public Safety System secretary Monte Rubido said the feared drug lord was arrested without a shot being fired, adding that when federal forces found him in Morelia, the capital of Michoacan, “he was hiding in a closet” and accompanied only by 16-year-old boy.
The 58-year-old Loya Plancarte had a 30-million peso ($2.25 million) reward on his head from the Mexican government for drug, organized crime and money-laundering charges. He was considered one of the country’s three dozen most-wanted drug lords in the late 2000s.
The Knights Templar ruled many parts of Michoacan with an iron fist, demanding extortion payments from businesses, farmers and workers, but the self-defense groups have gained ground against the cartel in recent months. Federal police and army troops were dispatched to bring peace to the troubled region, but the vigilantes have demanded the arrest of the cartel’s major leaders before they lay down their guns.
Ramon Contreras, an activist in the vigilante movement from the town of La Ruana, which was the first to rise up against the Knights Templar, said the arrest “means a lot” to the vigilantes, but added that they won’t rest until they see all the top bosses arrested.
Contreras voiced a common belief that the man who founded the cartel under the name La Familia Michoacana, Nazario Moreno, alias “El Chayo,” is still alive, despite the government’s statement in 2010 that he had been killed in a shootout with federal forces.
“He’s still alive; there’s proof he’s still alive,” Contreras said.
Loya Plancarte got his nickname, “The Uncle,” because he is believed to be the uncle of another top Knights Templar leader, Enrique Plancarte Solis.
Loya Plancarte joined Plancarte Solis and Servando Gomez in forming the Knights Templar after the purported death of Nazario Moreno.
The Attorney General’s Office has described Loya Plancarte as “one of the main leaders” of La Familia, saying he was “responsible for press and public relations for the organization, and it is presumed, the one who had contact with law enforcement and judicial authorities.”
A local journalist from Michoacan recounted watching when Loya Plancarte led a sort of pilgrimage to a shrine erected to Nazario Moreno and had his assistants hand out 500-peso ($37) bills to people who attended.
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