You know things have gone seriously sideways when America’s mainstream media report on drug cartel violence spilling into high-end tourist areas of Mexico. However, in a nation where the little people are disarmed by law and only the cartels and oftentimes crooked cops (and an unreliable military) have guns, things like this are a reality
Yes, even the Hollywood glitterati like to stay in some of these high-end destinations. Along with Instagram “influencers” and well-to-do spring breakers, Tulum, Mexico is loaded with tourists. It also, inconveniently, has drug cartel members battling it out, too.
So when two women are killed and three more people wounded in cartel crossfire in a popular tourist restaurant, the news gets out.
Here’s a Daily Beast story via Yahoo News:
Two foreign female tourists were caught in a crossfire between rival crime groups and shot to death last Thursday in the high-end resort town of Tulum, Mexico. Three other people were also wounded when the firefight broke out in the popular restaurant, La Malquerida, not far from the beach. Of the two women who were killed, one was from Germany and the other India.
“They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got caught in an exchange of gunfire between competing drug traffickers,” said a high-ranking Mexican police commander, who agreed to speak with The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity.
“It’s a sad mistake for the victims, but such cases are not rare or unusual anymore [in and around Tulum]. When a firefight breaks out no one is safe,” the commander said.
A playground for celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tulum is famous for its Mayan-era ruins and pristine beaches. But Tulum and the rest of the Riviera Maya are increasingly becoming inundated by cartel violence. An American firefighter was kidnapped and murdered from an all-inclusive resort in July. In June, another American was wounded in a shooting that killed two other people when gunmen opened fire from jet skis. A man was executed outside a law office in Cancun this August, prompting additional headlines about how violence “continues to take over” in the region.
It may seem like ancient history now, but two months after Joe Biden so completely armed the Taliban with billions of dollars worth of American firepower, good old Uncle Joe now wants to send millions worth of additional guns to the Mexican military. Specifically to military units tied to murder and kidnapping.
As experience has shown, a lot of those weapons will mysteriously fall off the back Mexican military vehicles…and the disarmament advocacy industry north of the border will then use that fact to argue for grabbing Americans’ guns.
Maybe America should instead send firearms to the little people in Mexico so they can defend themselves and their families from corrupt cops and ultra-violent drug cartels. Because “gun-free zones” don’t work in Mexico any better than they do here.