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Mexico to legalize vigilantes fighting drug cartel
Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Alberto Arce

Posted on 05/09/2014 9:43:14 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Mexico’s government plans on Saturday to begin demobilizing a vigilante movement of assault rifle-wielding ranchers and farmers that formed in the western state of Michoacan and succeeded in largely expelling the Knights Templar cartel when state and local authorities couldn’t.

The ceremony in the town of Tepalcatepec, where the movement began in February 2013, will involve the registration of thousands of guns by the federal government and an agreement that the so-called “self-defense” groups will either join a new official rural police force or return to their normal lives and acts as voluntary reserves when called on.

The government will go town by town to organize and recruit the new rural forces. …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drugcartels; failedstate; potheads; selfdefense; vigilantes; wod

1 posted on 05/09/2014 9:43:15 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Good luck with that. Considering that the cartels have millions of dollars at their disposal and an army with the latest weapons at hand, I can’t see an army of farmers defeating them. Too little, too late.


2 posted on 05/09/2014 9:49:46 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019
an army of farmers could....they are protecting their very lives and the lives of their wives and children....something about passion as opposed to mercenary...

however, bad idea to write your name down on any list....some traitor imposter on the "police force" could use the list as a hit list....

3 posted on 05/09/2014 9:55:34 PM PDT by cherry
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To: doc1019

Those millions of dollars and arsenal are really only good in concentrated areas. If the cartels had to continually attack and defend itself on a countrywide basis, the effort would wear itself down.

Unless the cartels are willing to make examples of entire towns or counties, this could eventually be successful.


4 posted on 05/09/2014 10:02:45 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Olog-hai

God Bless ‘em if the Mexicans can clean up their own country, and rule of law can return, then possibly they can start to have a better economy and stop coming here just to live off our welfare state.


5 posted on 05/09/2014 10:05:01 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: Olog-hai

!


6 posted on 05/09/2014 10:05:32 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: cherry

Reminds me of a certain movie I once saw with Yule Brenner..


7 posted on 05/09/2014 10:05:54 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: Olog-hai

We need to do the same thing here. It’s Holder and his people who are the cartel here though...


8 posted on 05/09/2014 10:15:00 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: Olog-hai

e v i d e n t l y

t o o - s u c c e s s f u l


9 posted on 05/09/2014 10:34:39 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Olog-hai
The ceremony in the town of Tepalcatepec, where the movement began in February 2013, will involve the registration of thousands of guns by the federal government and an agreement that the so-called “self-defense” groups will either join a new official rural police force or return to their normal lives and acts as voluntary reserves when called on.

Nothing like making a list of people who can be "visited" in the early morning hours.

10 posted on 05/09/2014 10:45:29 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: doc1019

A license to hunt other humans? Not sure it’s ever too late for that. Not that it’s my kinda thing.


11 posted on 05/09/2014 10:51:00 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Olog-hai

The real name for these “vigilantes” —

the militia.

The US Founding Fathers vindicated again.


12 posted on 05/09/2014 11:51:34 PM PDT by WKTimpco
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To: Olog-hai

God Bless!


13 posted on 05/09/2014 11:53:07 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: DoughtyOne

Oh, they got the head of the cartel as I had read a while back.

Prior posters are spot-on though, the “gun registration” is going to serve as a disarmament list and reprisal sheet...


14 posted on 05/09/2014 11:56:55 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Olog-hai

Could just be political theater. Politicians have to be seen as “doing something”.

I’ve got a feeling those “vigilantes” are not going to be quick turning over their firearms for registration or confiscation.


15 posted on 05/10/2014 12:47:42 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Axenolith

It almost sounds as if the police had been bought off by a competitor of the guy who was taken out.

I agree with your second thought.


16 posted on 05/10/2014 2:40:39 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Olog-hai

“The ceremony ... will involve the registration of thousands of guns by the federal government and an agreement that the so-called “self-defense” groups will either join a new official rural police force or return to their normal lives”

“This is a process of giving legal standing to the self-defense forces,” said vigilante leader Estanislao Beltran.”

Odd way of putting it. Sounds to me like the corrupt Mexican government that’s been in the pockets of the local cartels all along are simply trying to disarm the good guys and get them on a list so the cartels will know who to kill.


17 posted on 05/10/2014 3:45:24 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: BBell

Bingo !


18 posted on 05/10/2014 4:38:36 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Olog-hai
Is Mexico going to legalize citizen firearms ownership? Didn't think so.
19 posted on 05/10/2014 4:47:06 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Olog-hai

Someone is going to regret this farce if they surrender, register and comply.


20 posted on 05/10/2014 5:10:48 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: doc1019

Leave it to Asspress where everything up is down, to write a headline sounding like gun registration and surrender is more autonomy for those involved.


21 posted on 05/10/2014 7:23:04 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: Yo-Yo

Mexicans can already own guns.


22 posted on 05/10/2014 7:45:57 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: Olog-hai

Great news. Those Mexicans citizens have shown great courage the past few years standing up to and cleaning out some of their small rural towns from the cartel thugs. Bout time a government recognized their heroic efforts.


23 posted on 05/10/2014 8:17:53 AM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: Olog-hai

Now that the guns are registered, the federales can turn over the list to the cartels. They’ll know what to do.


24 posted on 05/10/2014 9:35:35 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: justa-hairyape
Bout time a government recognized their heroic efforts.

That's not what they're doing. They're registering guns so they can tell the cartels where to find them.

25 posted on 05/10/2014 9:36:47 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

These guys are manning road blocks keeping the cartels out of their towns. Very easy to find.


26 posted on 05/10/2014 3:38:48 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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