Friday, August 23, 2013

Mexican Women Arm Themselves Against Cartels

Women in Mexico have had enough and are doing something about their communities being overrun with cartels, criminals and drug lords.

More than 100 women in the southern Mexican town of Xaltianguis have taken up arms to protect their community from organized crime groups, a local self-defense force official said Monday.

The women signed up over the past four days with the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State, or UPOEG, Xaltianguis community self-defense force commander Miguel Angel Jimenez told reporters.

"We have an average of nine groups" of community police, with each one made up of 12 women who will work in the daytime in the neighborhoods of Xaltianguis, located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the resort city of Acapulco, Jimenez said.

The women will be trained in the use of firearms and carry the same weapons as men, Jimenez said.

The vigilante group has only about 80 firearms and the weapons are rotated among members, Jimenez said.

"I trust that the people, once they know that the women are participating," will provide more weapons, Jimenez said.
South of the border it is illegal for civilians to own firearms, despite having a version of the Second Amendment. The only people who have firearms are the police and dangerous criminals. More from cartel expert Sylvia Longmire: 

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Anonymous said...

I appreciate your blog very much, and there are often things I link to in arguing with anti-gun activists. However your bit on the side about black teenagers and Trayvon Martin have made it difficult to use your blog as a source because people will read that and immediately dismiss your opinions because they think you're racist.

I think I know what you meant by it, and statistically you're correct, but if you removed it that would boost your credibility quite a lot with the people who most need to hear your message.


jonjayray said...

The racism is in your mind

Martin was a thug

That he was a black thug alters nothing

Defense against thugs of all colors is needed

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to make a minor correction. While Mexico has strict gun laws, they do in fact allow private citizens to possess firearms for hunting, sport, and defense. Owners must be licensed and licensing requires membership in a gun club, a psychiatric evaluation, and approval of the military commander for the district the applicant resides in. There are also restrictions on calibers and firearm types. The laws can be found at and there are enough gun enthusiasts in Mexico that they have a forum with a lot of good information