Twenty-five year resident of Mazatlan
12 Apr 11 at 11:52 pm
I have lived in Mazatlan for twenty-five years. What is happening here is unprecedented. Only the bad guys have guns. As a result, the Banditos act with impunity. Police protection is nonexistent. I see caravans of masked police driving around the streets of Mazatlán (three or four pickup trucks full of masked machinegun toting cops following each other). They will spend a half hour or so at a local gas station laughing and joking around with each other then mount up and drive across the street and hang out at the local OXXO then drive around town, a couple miles or so and do the same thing all over again. They are totally ineffective and a waste of taxpayer’s money.
Meanwhile people are being gunned down every week with impunity. There are dozens and dozens of murders happening here in Mazatlán. Virtually every weekend someone is murdered. There are so many that I lose count.
The common misnomer is to say it is all drug related crimes. This is just NOT true. I have firsthand knowledge of murders that occurred because business owners would not kowtow to the extortionists.
Right now as I write, a major local restaurant-chain is being extorted under the threat of murder. Several restaurants have closed down under the threat of extortion. Some of the owners have fled to other cities only to be hunted down and murdered.
Any business that is making money is a target… and if you, a tourist or a local citizen happen to be in the profitable business when the extortionist come you are just as likely to be murdered as the owner who refused to be bullied. Alternatively, if you happen to be driving a vehicle that an extortionist wants to use in his next crime you are likely as not to be murdered in his attempt to take your vehicle.
Those who would have handguns banned to the populace of the United States need to look at what is happening here in Mazatlán to see what the results of that folly would be.
If the local populace were permitted to own handguns, and the laws amended to permit self-protection the preponderance of the crime would SOON disappear. These bad guys are not suicidal. They would not be able to carry out their murders with effrontery as they are now doing. Every time they tried to commit a crime they would be taking a chance of being killed.
The cops here are not effective but it does not matter how many cops we have they will never deter this crime wave. These bad guys are too brazen and the cops are afraid of them… and rightly so. The bad guys go after the cops and their families. That is why the cops wear masks.
Furthermore, an armed populace would not be subjected to the political corruption that is so daunting. Business owners would be able to protect themselves if they had a mind to. When you look at the type of people that have the gumption to start and run successful businesses the likelihood of these people protecting themselves, given the chance, is enormous.
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