Guns, guns, guns!
In Mexico, where criminals are armed to the teeth with high-powered weapons smuggled from the United States, it may come as a surprise that the country has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world.
Law-abiding Mexicans who want a gun to defend themselves have no good options. Either they fight government red tape to get a legal permit, or they buy one on the black market.
After an outbreak of violence, one embattled community in northern Mexico called Colonia LeBaron has begun to ask if it’s time for the country to address its gun laws….
Because if you’re under attack now and seconds count, the police are minutes away–and can only act after there is a body to hoist into the back of the coroner’s van.
It is worth noting, by the way, that our country’s first gun control laws came about as a means to protect New York gangs from law-abiding but armed citizens who were part of Big Tim Sullivan’s street muscle, part of a system that was used to maintain his New York political machine.
I’m not advocating, by the way, that everyone should go out and arm themselves. I don’t personally own a gun and have never fired one beyond the BB gun I had growing up. But there are alternatives, even if you live in California. (And while pepper spray is not as ‘final’ as shooting someone in the head, a non-lethal alternative is better than nothing, and has the advantage of not being quite so ‘final’ as accidentally shooting someone in the head.)