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Posted on 01/31/2013 2:27:22 PM PST by Oberon
I met Paulino at the nursery farm where I worked summers during college, shearing Christmas trees. This was about 1990 or so. He was about five foot six and 140 pounds soaking wet. In his late twenties, he was in the US illegally, but he drove a truck hed bought with cash and rented a pretty nice house not far from the nursery. He paid for the house, the truck, and the beer hed stash in the water cooler for after work with money he made from the nursery.
Paulino could work rings around most of the white college boy summer help, and thats how he got his foot in the door. Not content with a single working mans wage, he lined up a half-dozen other illegals to work for him, and provided an entire work crew to the nursery on a contract basis. The nursery didnt have to worry about who was documented, Paulino paid cash, and everybody was happy. All seven of them could work rings around the rest of us, even when they were only coasting.
The six men on the shearing crew were Mexicans, but Paulino was from El Salvador. He was in the US because he was AWOL from the Salvadoran army, who had forcibly conscripted him just out of his teens. One day he saw his chance and took off running for the jungle. Guards took potshots at him as he fled and Paulino was hit, but he made it to the woods and kept running. It wasnt safe for him in El Salvador any more, so he stayed on the move until he made it to the US. His wounds healed up, but he still had the scars, the only bullet scars Ive ever personally seen.
Now, Ive been around guns all my life. My father and grandfathers had them, all my uncles were hunters, and most of my male cousins on both sides of the family owned, handled, and fired guns on a regular basis. All of them knew how to handle guns safely. All of them knew how to avoid a negligent discharge, and all of them knew how to handle the gun so that if it did go off no serious harm was done. If the mere fact of having guns around were a real risk factor for injury or death, my family history should show multiple gunshot wounds and at least one fatality within the latest three generations.
Yet the only person I ever knew who had bullet scars was Paulino... shot by his own government.
Oh goodness he was forced into the military then deserted. How horrible. Sort of like in WWII when Daddy was drafted except he didn’t desert. He didn’t break any immigration laws either.
As you like.
Me no likey illegal aliens who are also deserters.
I see your point.
I’m not sure that the US in your father’s era and El Salvador in the early 1980s is quite an apples-to-apples comparison, but I have no argument with you.
You know nothing about the subject this thread is addressing........
forcibly conscripted him just out of his teens.
That was common practice in Central America. My Honduran brother-in-law's nephew was in medical school when the military came into the theater he was in and attempted to round up all the youths and force them into the military. Fortunately for Mario, he ran out the back door of the theater and escaped........
It was also common practice for military trucks to patrol the streets and apprehend the older youths and place them in the military.
Unlike your DADDY, Central America had no such draft laws........
.Once they grab you off the street you have no choice but to serve.
Another who was breaking the law every day. Soon I think I will start breaking the law. My defense will be that breaking the law is totally acceptable in these United States — and tell about Paulino and 12 million, possibly more, who have been breaking the law every day for years and years. I am positive I wouldn’t be found guilty.
I suspect you have no idea what I know about the subject which I guess is supposed to be gun control.
I do know the El Salvadorian government was fighting Communists and when they got a chance to vote they voted overwhelmingly for freedom, not Communism.
Sorry but I am never going to support illegal immigrants.
The point of the story is that despite my lifetime of exposure to guns, this Salvadoreño is the only person I've ever met who has been shot. Kind of gives the lie to the whole "guns are evil" meme, doesn't it?
Who asked you to? Not me. I don't support illegal immigrants myself.
This is just a story about the only guy I've ever met that's been shot.
If you don’t support illegal immigrants why did you even mention it. Why did you go to the trouble of telling us how much better than the White guys he was?
You were the one making a big deal of it.
Since when was this thread about El Salvador? Sorry but I'm not joining you on your tangent..........
Why was El Salvador mentioned in the initial post?
[rolls eyes in exasperation]
It's just the way he was. He worked hard. That's all.
And I mentioned El Salvador in the initial post because it was where he was from, and explained why he'd been shot. Again, that's all.
OK, that is what he was.
What he was, was also a deserter and a person who violates American Laws.
I liked your story and I always appreciate a hard working man. Hope Paulino is doing well.
Somebody who deserts from a tyrannical army isn't doing anything wrong. Do you have a problem with Taliban deserters?
And God forbid we ever face such a situation in this nation, but if some future government becomes tyrannical all those Oath Keepers will be both "deserters and violating American Laws."
That said, while Paulino's story does highlight some of the issues that arise when the government fails to do its job establishing and enforcing reasonable immigration laws, it also is a reminder that there are plenty of oppressive governments in the world, and our nation, and our freedom is a beacon of hope for people yearning to be free.
Well which side would you be on, the army of El Salvador or the Communist Guerillas?
Any time I hear that phrae “reasonable immigration laws”, I smell a rat.
The point is that the only person I've ever known who got shot, got shot by his own government. That's the whole point of the story.
And if you don't like Purple People-Eaters from Mars, more power to you. I told the story the way it was because that's the guy I met. And I suggest you get a little more fiber in your diet.