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Mexico arrests armed citizens for defending themselves against murderous cartels

In Mexico, the 'authorities' are the 'only ones' who can bear arms in defense against criminals. If citizens they can't protect try it, they're arrested as 'vigilantes.' Photo by John Moore/Getty Images In Mexico, the 'authorities' are the 'only ones' who can bear arms in defense against criminals. If citizens they can't protect try it, they're arrested as 'vigilantes.'

David Codrea
Gun Rights Examiner

July 2, 2014 The Mexican government has begun arresting armed "vigilantes," desperate citizens in fear for their lives who can no longer wait for their compromised government to rein in ultra-violent cartels.

"Jose Mireles, a medical doctor who became one of the most visible leaders of vigilante groups that sprung up last year, was arrested for carrying illegal guns," a Reuters report quotes a government official.

"Michoacan has been ravaged by the Knights Templar drug cartel, which had controlled much of the state until an uprising by armed vigilantes that began early last year," the report explains. "The government first appeared to tacitly accept the vigilante groups, but earlier this year authorities formed so-called rural police forces to incorporate the vigilantes and said anyone found carrying illegal weapons would be arrested."

As our own "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" continually demonstrate, the goal is for guns not controlled by the government to be illegal.

"In all of Mexico, there is only one gun store," The Washington Post reported a few years back. At least they have a leg up on Washington, D.C.

"The shop, known officially as the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, is operated by the Mexican military. The clerks wear pressed green camouflage. They are soldiers," the report continues. "The only gun store in Mexico is not very busy."

That's because Mexico provides a veritable gun-grabber's wish list of "common sense gun safety laws.", a project of the Sydney School of Public Health, which, while decidedly anti-gun, nonetheless provides instructive and useful compilations of gun laws from around the globe, gives a detailed analysis of Mexico's "restrictive" anti-gun edicts.

"More than 85,000 people have died in drug-related killings in Mexico since 2007," the Reuters report elaborates. Yet the government, in many cases in bed with the cartels, is focused on disarming citizens who only wish to protect themselves and their families.

They are instead portrayed as criminals, much like the "vigilantes" with "illegal guns" in Nigeria, who did to Boko Haram terrorists what the government could (would?) not.

Much like the way anti-gun "progressives" in this country intentionally conflate the term to disparage those who would defend themselves from criminal attacks...

The monopoly of violence they demand will tolerate no power sharing. Funny, how they assume the mantle of egalitarianism except when it comes to that. Remember, with "progressives," every day is Opposite Day.