Kendra Miller is quoted in this very oddly slugged (digital sharable title) and titled Daily Mail piece. However, in it, the one victim of the massacre in Mexico’s sister-in-law makes the case about the absolute defenselessness of the Mexican population, as legislated by their central government. That very same government who lost a fight to the cartels over keeping a single cartel head imprisoned for criminal prosecution. They caved when attacked.
Speaking from her home in La Mora, where she is due to get married next week, Miller told CNN that her family constantly face threats from the cartels.
Miller brought up the issue of gun control and urged Americans to fight against any bans on weapons.
‘I don’t know where you’re standing on the whole (idea of) trying to take away the guns in America right now, but I say fight for those guns,’ she said.
‘These things are happening here in Mexico because people can’t protect themselves because by law they’re not allowed to own these guns.
‘So since the government isn’t doing their job of protection in the way that they should, these cartels can just wreak havoc and the people are left defenseless.
‘So I say hold onto your guns, people.’
Three mothers and six children, aged between six months and 12 years, were killed in the cartel ambush after leaving their La Mora religious community, which is a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of the Mormon church.
The Mexico Reality
The situation just south of our border is something entirely alien to those here in the U.S. The brutal criminal elements can openly influence what the Mexican National Government does, through force. They are effectively a ruling power in the hemisphere. This is something Americans have a hard time wrapping our heads around. Our domestic forms of corruption and quid pro quo are nearly universally financial and clandestine. Those are done with handshakes and personnel placements and the exchange of money for services.
Just over the border they are literally done at the barrel of a gun, or rocket launcher. The cartel who’s the majority in that region doesn’t like someone, they just openly remove them in a brutally violent manner. Violence isn’t a final option with dire consequences, it could very well be the easiest way to get what they want.
Imagine that reality, even in crime ridden Chicago, imagine a criminal organization so powerful they could just kill a mayor or city council member and the combined forces of the Chicago PD, County Sheriff, and Illinois National Guard couldn’t really do anything about it. The manhunt that would occur here is a dream there.
Here, in my local metro area, when a man shot and killed 7 of his family members he was chased and hunted by dozens of officers. They flew helicopters. They cornered him with overwhelming force and stopped him. That is so far from Mexico’s reality it might as well be a heroic novela of what an ideal world would be like for citizens of our southern neighbor.
The cartels have a legitimate slice of power, open and backed by force. They might as well be their own state, with their own laws and rules, that is in conflict with Mexico over territory.
But… the Democrats would love themselves some Mexican style gun control laws.
Imagine, again the reality where these folks lived and where they were killed, but imagine a world in which you, Joe or Jane Americano, must convoy with other neighbors and family in order to safely go visit your relatives. Getting into your car and going anywhere isn’t an option available to you, there exists a real threat of attack. Not the ‘wrong place wrong time’ crime that everyone worldwide is under threat of for any number of reasons, but of deliberate targeting and attack by a hostile group openly operating in defiance of your local PD, Sheriff, and the Army, all who actually cannot stop them. They are incapable of stopping them.
Carrying a gun in such a place would be the most sensical thing you could do, for yourself and your family. But it is illegal there. The citizenry and the nations guests must rely on a provenly ineffective armed force and the good will of the hostile cartel.