Mexicans taking self-defense measures
"You can have a gun only when it is not classified exclusively for the use of the military and when it is registered," said Gustavo Nevarez, an attorney in Nuevo Casas Grandes. "Nobody registers them, though."
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It is a reality that Alex LeBaron, a state representative in northwestern Chihuahua, wants the government to confront. Domestic gun laws have remained a taboo subject among Mexican politicians for decades.
LeBaron believes times have changed, and he wants Mexico to revisit gun politics.
"The right to bear arms is an important matter we shouldn't be afraid to discuss," LeBaron said. "People are armed in their homes. This is not a secret."
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"We should let the criminals know that every citizen has a right to bear arms," he said.
Other signs that show Mexican people are becoming more gun-friendly are web forums on gun rights and shooting clubs.
Web forums such as Armed Mexico advise people who have been victims of recent attacks to purchase guns by joining shooting clubs. Shooting clubs have surged in farming towns in northern Mexico.
Anyone notice the last paragraphs of the story? It's the standard refrain from the Antis.
"Resistance is futile - you'll only get yourself killed. Better to simply lie back and enjoy it."
Posted by: jdberger at March 7, 2011 01:09 PM
The classic Mexican retort to the last paragraph would be "es mejor morir de pie que vivir toda una vida de rodillas," which has been attributed to everybody from Emiliano Zapata, to Pancho Villa, to Che Guevara. (I'd believe either of the first two.) American liberals might think the guy and his wife were fools, but to most Mexicans, they'd both be real heroes.
Posted by: Ken at March 7, 2011 03:26 PM
Well said, Ken.
(you forgot the Clash!)
Posted by: jdberger at March 7, 2011 03:55 PM
I once had a conversation with the young Mexican woman who was our au-pair. The gist of it was that her uncles(?) where part of a robust, positive civil gun culture that had been driven completely underground.
Posted by: geekWithA.45 at March 9, 2011 08:50 AM