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Taking Up Arms: Women in Mexico Have Had Enough
Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2013 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 08/21/2013 8:25:07 PM PDT by Kaslin

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:

Contrary to popular belief, Mexico’s constitution has its own version of our Second Amendment. However, few private citizens own firearms. Federal laws have severely restricted the ability to own and carry weapons to soldiers, police, trained bodyguards, and a few others who can make it through the miles-long gauntlet of the application process. If a Mexican citizen can survive the background checks, the mountains of paperwork, the half-dozen required personal recommendations, and the expense, they are limited to buying guns with low stopping power.

People are sick of it.

In Michoacan, dozens of people have formed self-defense groups to fight back against cartels where the government has failed.

Farmers wearing bulletproof vests and toting assault rifles ride in pick-up trucks emblazoned with the word "self-defense" to protect this rural Mexican town from a drug cartel.

The government deployed thousands of troops to the western state of Michoacan this week, but in some towns like Coalcoman, population 10,000, vigilantes are wary of putting down their weapons until they feel safe again.

"We won't drop our guard until we see results," Antonio Rodriguez, a 37-year-old avocado grower and member of the community force, told AFP.

AFP journalists saw civilians Wednesday carrying handguns, hunting rifles and even AR-15 semi-automatic rifles in the town, which lies in Tierra Caliente, a region known as a hotbed of cartel activity.

"We got tired of paying the quota," said Adriana, a 32-year-old woman working in a pharmacy.

The "cuota" is extortion money the Knights Templar cartel charges business owners, farmers, taxi drivers and even mayors.

"Anyone who didn't pay would be kidnapped and 'bang, bang,' they'd kill him," said Adriana, squeezing her finger as if pulling a trigger.
Naturally, the Mexican government isn't too happy about what they call "vigilantes" taking things into their own hands, but at this point, it's the only option.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Mexico
KEYWORDS: banglist

1 posted on 08/21/2013 8:25:07 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

it is because men are stupid axes


2 posted on 08/21/2013 8:27:20 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin
"Contrary to popular belief, Mexico’s constitution has its own version of our Second Amendment. However, few private citizens own firearms. Federal laws have severely restricted the ability to own and carry weapons to soldiers, police, trained bodyguards, and a few others who can make it through the miles-long gauntlet of the application process. If a Mexican citizen can survive the background checks, the mountains of paperwork, the half-dozen required personal recommendations, and the expense, they are limited to buying guns with low stopping power."

IOW, they don't have a version of the 2nd Amendment. That's what the Left would do to us if we let our guard down for a second.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

3 posted on 08/21/2013 8:29:05 PM PDT by wku man (It's almost deer season, got your DEERGOGGLES on yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexrnFq2fXY)
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To: Kaslin

unfortunately the GOP (ryan and boehner) hasn’t had enough. the’re determined to continue to import all this violence.


4 posted on 08/21/2013 8:30:58 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: Kaslin

In addition to arming themselves, these women should deny their husbands sex until the men start acting like men. Perhaps the drug situation can be quelled.


5 posted on 08/21/2013 8:32:31 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Kaslin
You go, muchachas!

Lord, place a hedge of protection around these brave women.

6 posted on 08/21/2013 8:33:52 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Rembrandt

If they deny sex with the drug thug husband, the husband will just get a puta or shoot up a village.


7 posted on 08/21/2013 8:36:40 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: dadfly

“unfortunately the GOP (ryan and boehner) hasn’t had enough. the’re determined to continue to import all this violence.”

There is only one party obstructing action to slow drug importation. The name of its leader rhymes with Rock Yomama.


8 posted on 08/21/2013 8:38:44 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Rembrandt

one party? you must mean the d.c. party.


9 posted on 08/21/2013 8:42:30 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: Kaslin

O yes last night I was channel surfing and the Spanish news reported on these women. They showed them shooting them off while hiding their faces. They do not fear the Drug Cartel. I pray that God protect them.


10 posted on 08/21/2013 8:50:44 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Kaslin

That would make a great movie poster.


11 posted on 08/21/2013 8:50:57 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Kill Obamacare not wound it.)
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To: Kaslin

Women can be fearless. Put a free AK-47 in every hut, hovel, and cottage in Mexico and that would be the end of the cartels’ intimidation. But then again, the corrupt Mexican government would have even more to fear from these armed women than the cartels.


12 posted on 08/21/2013 9:57:45 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Kaslin

“Tierra Caliente”, a region known as a HOTBED of cartel activity. The name fits.

Civilian police is what we’re going to need before long. Don’t count on the cops. Detroit is just the beginning.


13 posted on 08/21/2013 10:39:33 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: Kaslin

These women will be in a mass grave before long.

Damn shame, but as long as the US demands the narco trade...


14 posted on 08/22/2013 4:05:03 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: dadfly

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15 posted on 08/22/2013 5:05:52 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Texas Eagle

Amen


16 posted on 08/22/2013 5:06:26 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Patriot Babe

We should all pray for them


17 posted on 08/22/2013 5:07:19 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Naturally, the Mexican government isn't too happy about what they call "vigilantes" taking things into their own hands, but at this point, it's the only option.

If you want something done right, do it yourself!

At some point, thinking people take matters into their own hands and doing the work in front of them instead of having someone else do it for them.

18 posted on 08/22/2013 7:12:24 AM PDT by GBA (Our obamanation: Romans 1:18-32)
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To: wku man; All

“IOW, they don’t have a version of the 2nd Amendment. That’s what the Left would do to us if we let our guard down for a second.”

They have the version that “progressives” in this country want for us. Completely without teeth, and subject to the whims of any legislative body or bureaucrat.

The old Soviet Constitution had lots of “rights” for all its people. They also had a clause that overrode all of those “rights” if it were in the interest of the government to do so... which rendered them useless.


19 posted on 08/22/2013 9:30:00 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Patriot Babe; All

These are the people that the administration wants to be certain do not get arms from the United States.

The drug cartels have lots of money and can import military weapons from overseas or bribe central American governments to get their arms.

Most Mexican peons have their nephew north of the border buy an old .22 or shotgun from a private sale, and smuggle it down to the farm on their own. Those of most of the guns that are “traced back to the United States”.


20 posted on 08/22/2013 9:33:49 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Kaslin
Naturally, the Mexican government isn't too happy about what they call "vigilantes" taking things into their own hands, but at this point, it's the only option.

Well, if the government can't protect it's citizens, the citizens need to do it for themselves, regardless of how government officials feel about it.

21 posted on 08/22/2013 3:44:05 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Kaslin

Yikes! Sorry about the grammar! Should have said “its citizens”!


22 posted on 08/22/2013 3:45:11 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

You do realize that you are among the very few Freepers who understand the difference between “its” and “it’s.”


23 posted on 08/22/2013 7:38:26 PM PDT by OldPossum
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