While America is finally rolling back gun control laws and liberalizing the permitting process, Mexican citizens continue their descent into gunless, lawless hell. The video above chronicles a particularly egregious attack on innocent civilians, caught in the crossfire between rival narco-terrorists. There are hundreds more involving tens of thousands of victims. And how does the Mexican government respond? El Heraldo de Chihuaha reports that the Powers That Be have launched a . . . wait for it . . . gun buyback program . . .
Because a thousand firearms were destroyed last year, seized in raids by the Mexican Army* aimed at reducing crime, the Legislature approved an agreement whereby State authorities will begin a campaign for the voluntary exchange of pistols, rifles, or other armaments with the goal of reducing the commission of crimes harmful to the people of Chihuahua.
The State Congress Commission on Public Safety stated that, in the face of statistics such as 80% of illegal arms in the state are found in the hands of organized crime groups and 20% are concentrated in family homes, they must reactivate these campaigns which in the past have allowed the public to exchange weapons, cartridges, and munitions for groceries.
The objective being pursued is the construction of a new social consciousness towards the presence of a weapon in society, in order to keep that weapon from becoming a source of insecurity, particularly if that weapon has never been registered with the Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA).
In other words, the Mexican government is targeting illegal guns owned by citizens defending themselves against the drug cartels and their proxies. In fact, the campaign to disarm Mexican citizens plays straight into the hands of the narcoterrorists, who can (and do) assassinate politicians, judges, reporters, police and anyone else who threatens their death grip on the levers of power.
It’s important to remember that Mexico’s constitution contains a right to bear arms. Fearing revolution in the 70’s, the government closed independent gun dealers and made themselves (the Ministry of Defense) the sole provider of legal firearms and ammunition. Just like the onerous gun control laws bedeviling New York City or Chicago, a de facto gun ban was born.
The subsequent obliteration of democracy and the rule of law under the cartels’ heels is no coincidence. (Note: I’m talking about Mexico, not Chicago or NYC.) Our neighbor to the south is proof positive of the old bumper sticker slogan: if you outlaw guns only outlaws have guns. And when only outlaws have guns, all hell breaks loose.
Think it couldn’t happen here? Then ask yourself this: who really benefits from gun control?