I ripped the picture above from Activist Momma’s Twitter page. The badge on the bag indicates that Activist Momma’s a member of MDA (Moms Demand Action). “It’s proven: gun-free coffee just tastes better.” Now that’s what I call a monumentally stupid statement. Leaving aside the “gun free coffee taste” non-sequitur (hey, what’s a metaphor?), let’s drill down a bit on the coffee in the image. . .
The Ruta Maya coffee company is based in Austin, Texas (surprise!). Here’s the 411 on the source of Activist Momma’s non-Starbuckian caffeination . . .
Ruta Maya imports 100 percent organic Arabica coffee beans that are shade-grown by a cooperative of farmers in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico — the land of the ancient and modern Maya. This coffee has exceptional richness that combines ancient growing techniques with gentle roasting to extract the ultimate in coffee depth and flavor. The carefully harvested green coffee beans are imported to Texas, where they are custom-roasted to exacting standards and packed fresh daily. The Ruta Maya product line includes certified organic coffee in medium, dark, and espresso roasts.
Mexico is it? Excellent! Mexico has all the “common sense” gun control laws that Moms Demand Action demands, and then some. From government registration (only the Army sells guns) to restrictions on caliber and even limits to the amount of ammunition a gun owner can have and hold.
Yup, Mexico is the gun-free paradise that MDA seeks. Provided you ignore the hundred thousand-plus firearms-related deaths south of the border in the last ten years. Or, if you want to exclude the whole cartel-on-cartel killing thing, the thousands of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire, including those snuffed out in mass murders.
As far as Chiapas is concerned, here’s the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security‘s take on the region:
Chiapas State–particularly in the mountain highlands north of San Cristobal de Las Casas, the Municipality of Ocosingo, and the southeastern jungle portion east of Comitan–experience occasional political unrest, most frequently in conjunction with local land disputes. Chiapas has been a site of political turmoil, with local indigenous groups who support the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) in conflict with local public institutions.
Don’t you just love the “don’t scare the horses” tone of their summation? No mention of the drug trade, rape, pillage or murder. There’s a reason for that. narconews.com reports that Uncle Sam’s friends, the Mexican Army, are large and in charge in Chiapas. Ish.
Frequently, these same [Mexican] soldiers raid and ransack the villages, stealing livestock, tools, food, what few possessions that the peasants who identify with the Zapatista movement have. These regular incidents are painstakingly documented by the local Catholic diocese and other human rights organizations.
More often, the soldiers, together with the state police, protect paramilitary groups, formed by the large landowners and ranchers, while these armed organizations — most of them members of the ruling PRI party — do the pillaging.
At least two dozen roadblocks have been set up by military and immigration officials in these mountain roads. The officials at these checkpoints are looking for foreigners — journalists, human rights observers — to deport from Mexico for the crime of being where their presence is inconvenient to the carrying out of dark tasks that are better accomplished without international attention.
This is what happens to a disarmed population. They are powerless against armed thugs—both government-sponsored and freelance and (apparently) something in between. The rule of law takes a powder. Human rights disappear. People disappear. And die, without notice, publicity or redress.
So, while Mrs. Mom sits in Austin sipping on her coffee, smug for snubbing Starbucks (for their gun-friendly policy), Tweeting her moral superiority, the disarmed people growing the beans that made her coffee live in fear for their lives, while earning less than a dollar a day. On average.
How stupid are these gun grabbers? That stupid. And then some.