As President Barack Obama leads the charge against American gun ownership Mexican citizens increasingly are embracing firepower for self-defense.
The inability of the Mexican government to protect its good citizens from the drug cartels and their associated violence has resulted in rural populations "to take up arms and police their own communities" as reported by Karla Zabludovsky for The New York Times: "the spread of drug and organized crime gangs into remote regions in recent years has worsened the sense of lawlessness there."
Ineffective law enforcement against the drug cartels extends over the border into the United States, and establishes why meddling politicians should not take away the right to own semi-automatic so-called assault rifles and high capacity magazines which are needed for protection.
The unfortunate fact is that law enforcement in the United States has been powerless against the drug cartels. The Mexican drug cartels move $50 billion in bulk product and bundled cash across the border each year, and have established supply lines, distribution networks and operational cells in hundreds of communties throughout the United States. Although the Obama Administration insists that there is no spillover violence from rival drug cartels for control over smuggling routes the dead bodies on the north side of the border -- including rancher Rob Krentz and border patrol agent Brian Terry -- stubbornly belie the President's absurd claim.
It's ironic that the politicians who claim Americans have no need for self-protection live in isolated bubbles with armed guards. However, the rest of us in the country are left to fend for ourselves. Once the federal government stops the drug cartels -- and further eliminates all those other garden variety murders, burglaries, rapes, assaults, etc. which plague society -- maybe then it can credibly claim there is no need for ordinary citizens to hold semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines.
In the meantime, the people must insist that the politicians stop their revisionist narrative that the Second Amendment was only about duck hunters. Indeed, hundreds of county sheriffs across the country who recognize that law enforcement is only a reactive force which cannot prevent violent crime against innocent victims are opposing the federal government's attempt to rescind the Second Amendment through legislative fiat and executive orders.
The first responder to an ongoing crime should be the intended victim carrying the weapon of his or her choice.
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