By law in Mexico, only cops and crooks have guns. Too often, thanks to corruption, the government works for the crooks. Meanwhile, the Mexican population, rendered unarmed by Mexico’s strict gun laws, know the folly of bringing a machete to a gunfight.
Given how only bad guys have guns, it should surprise no one that one in four Mexicans fall victims to violent crime each year. Clearly the criminals run roughshod over the disarmed populace. Today, with increasing regularity, tourists now find themselves caught up in Mexico’s violent crime.
Meanwhile the Mexican government, in an effort to make cash-spending visitors feel safe, have greatly increased police presence in and near tourist areas. Nothing like catching some rays next to soldiers and cops wearing hard armor and sporting automatic rifles, right?
Of course, magic spells and wishful thinking can prove hazardous to one’s health. After a February 21st explosion on a tourist ferry at Playa del Carmen, tourists now walk down piers lined with even larger numbers of heavily armed police, soldiers and bomb-sniffing dogs. When you see soldiers wearing rifle-resistant body armor toting long guns, that should serve as a clue that trouble lies not far away.
USA Today has part of the story:
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Tourists taking the ferry from this tourist town to the island of Cozumel now walk down a wharf lined with police, heavily armed soldiers and bomb-sniffing dogs.
Those safeguards came after a Feb. 21 explosion ripped through one of the ferries, injuring 24 people, including five Americans. Explosives were later found on another ferry owned by the same company.
“It’s something that makes you feel safer,” Roberto Cintrón, president of the Cancún hotel owners’ association, said about the soldiers and security after a recent ferry ride to Cozumel. “It’s the complete opposite situation of the insecurity many people think of.”
Numerous reports about crime and tourist tragedies have made recent headlines as the violence plaguing this country erupts in cities popular with foreign visitors.
Incidents causing concern in Cancún and outlying Quintana Roo state range from bars allegedly serving adulterated liquor to unsuspecting tourists to police targeting visitors in rental cars for bribes.
Meanwhile, homicides in Mexico, which set a record of 29,158 last year, have jumped another 20% in the first two months of 2018. Does this sound like a tourist paradise where you would want to take your family?
Me either. In fact, conditions have deteriorated in Mexico so badly that the US State Department issued a “strict” do-not-travel-to advisory for our neighbors to the south. It put five Mexican states in the same category as war-torn crapholes like Syria and Afghanistan.
Even worse, the US even closed its consulate office in Playa del Carmen for a time, citing the lawlessness there. No wonder Trivago has 1798 hotel rooms in Playa for as little as $19 per night! Come visit our beautiful beaches and stay because you got shot/blown up/knifed.
Of course, Mexican officials patronizingly claim that the violence does not impact tourist areas. Tell that to the two dozen plus tourists injured in the February 21st bombing on that ferry. That happened even with soldiers and police everywhere.
In the end, the orgy of violence in Mexico continues to spiral out of control, thanks in big part to that nation’s lack of Second Amendment rights. Yeah, those same rights we sometimes take for granted in America. Yeah, civilians can buy guns and ammo in Mexico – from exactly one gun store in the nation. After jumping through a maze of hoops.
Clearly, Mexico could use a Second Amendment to improve the quality of life for its residents to protect them from narco-thugs and corrupt government officials.
Meanwhile, in America, plenty of politicians and assorted leftists advocate for repeal of gun rights for the little people like you and me. Of course, America’s gun control advocates have their armed security details to keep them safe.