Note: your AZMEX person is at last back on the job. Am told the
situation continues to deteriorate in Mexico, that with the F&F
debacle highlights the dangers to our Rights and interests.
Note: can't believe this made CNN. But, yes, self defense is a
fundamental human right and should always be treated as such. Maybe
we should look for ways to help. Also this is very consistent with
various public opinion polls done in Mexico.
Mexican city plans to train citizens to fire guns
From Javier Estrada, For CNN
September 8, 2011 -- Updated 0808 GMT (1608 HKT)
Violence in Nuevo Leon has been rampant, including a grenade attack
at a casino in the capital of Monterrey in August.
Garcia mayor: Many citizens want training "to defend their families"
The project also will train citizens on what to do when someone is
So far about 3,000 people have signed up for the training course
Students at a city hunting club will use .22-caliber guns for training
Garcia, Mexico (CNN) -- Officials in a northern Mexican city plagued
by violence say a new course will take a fresh approach toward
protecting citizens: Training people to handle and shoot guns.
The aim of the approach, says Garcia Mayor Jaime Rodriguez Calderon,
is putting a stop to crime in the 40,000-person city in Nuevo Leon
"Many people call me because their son or their husband has been
kidnapped, or some family member's car has been stolen. I said to
myself, 'Wow, how can we, the citizens, defend ourselves,' "
Rodriguez told CNNMexico.com.
Twice this year, gunmen have tried to assassinate Rodriguez, who has
earned the nickname of Bronco for his strong personality.
The training for people with weapons permits in Garcia is part of a
phase of Rodriguez's security program aimed at "involving the
citizens in defense of the region."
"Many of them want the training and knowledge ... to defend their
families and their heritage," he said.
In addition to the weapons course, the project also includes broader
training in its "urban defense" goals.
"Imagine if there is someone wounded and no one in the neighborhood
knows what to do. It's happened to us that in the street there is
someone who's been shot and the (paramedics) don't come," Rodriguez
So far, about 3,000 people from Garcia and nearby cities have signed
up for the course, including engineers, teachers, housewives and
The course's start date has not yet been scheduled. It will be free
and take place in a city hunting club, where students will use .22-
caliber guns for training.
Garcia's program is not the first citizen-defense proposal in Nuevo
Leon state involving weapons. State lawmakers are also studying a
proposal that would relax weapons restrictions there.
Nuevo Leon, which borders Texas, has seen a surge in violence as the
Gulf Cartel and the Zetas drug gang fight over drug trafficking routes.
Note: this one very interesting, needs further verification and
Posted September 2, 2011, 2:43 a.m.
Mexico sells more weapons to USA
Mexico has escalated among the main suppliers of weapons to the
Mexico - New Day
Arms exports to Mexico makes to America have grown steadily over the
past five years, a rate of 9 percent annually, according to the
Census Bureau in that country.
Only in the first half of this year, the country has sold 52 million
108 thousand U.S. dollars, up from 49 million 709 000 in the same
period last year.
In this same period, Mexico has climbed into the main suppliers of
weapons to the United States.
2011 is already the fourth largest provider of such equipment when in
2010 it ranked 5.
For many of these products, the U.S. tariff and charges for those who
do so, Mexico is exempt due to the Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
according to information from the SE and the International Trade
Commission United States.
The report, "Diffusion of Small Arms in Latin America," published by
the Federation of American Scientists (FAS, for its acronym in
English) indicates that most of the production of weapons in the
country is conducted by the National Arms Plant (Fabrica Nacional de
Armas), a operaton of the Mexican military's.
A small percentage of production is done in private companies or
Industrias Cabañas or Productos Mendoza.
Note: not directly firearms interests related, but increasing
accounts of illegals from China, believe it is a national security
problem, but doesn't seem to be addressed.
Higher wall, harder falls
The new, taller border fence in downtown Nogales, seen here while
under construction in June, is proving to be dangerous for climbers.
Posted: Friday, September 2, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 1:05 pm, Wed
Sep 7, 2011.
By JB Miller
For the Nogales International | 1 comment
The imposing new border fence running through Nogales is proving to
be a treacherous obstacle for undocumented border-crossers – several
of whom have been injured in recent weeks while descending the U.S.
side of the barrier.
The victims, who include two women and one man hurt during a 10-day
span, won't find much sympathy from the Border Patrol, however. The
agency says it's not responsible for people who tangle with the 23-
to-30-foot security fence.
On Aug. 12, a woman identified only as "Asian" broke her leg after
climbing the border fence near East Hudgins Street, according to a
Nogales Police Department report.
NPD officers responded to the scene shortly before 9 p.m. and met
with Border Patrol agents who were treating the woman, who could not
be identified because she could not speak English, the report said.
The agents reportedly took the woman to Carondelet Holy Cross
Hospital for further evaluation.
Two days later, on the afternoon of Aug. 14, NPD officers encountered
another injured fence-climber after responding to a reported burglary
on East Street.
The homeowner had called the police after finding 38-year-old Maria
Sanchez of Veracruz, Mexico in her house. When the officers arrived,
Sanchez told them that she went into the home in search of help after
hurting her leg while jumping from the fence.
The Border Patrol took custody of the woman, the NPD said.
Then on Aug. 22, Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station said
they rescued a 21-year-old illegal immigrant from Fujhou, China after
he fell from the wall and sustained a compound fracture to his left leg.
Rescue personnel from the Nogales Fire Department responded and took
the man to the hospital.
"(The fence) is so high," NFD Chief Hector Robles said. "We've seen
some compound fractures, open wounds, a loss of fingers, the knees
In addition to the height of the fence, Robles cited adrenaline and
miscalculations in determining the distance and angle of a fall as
potential injury factors.
Begun in March and completed in late July, the $11.6-million, 2.8-
mile fence ranges from 23 to 30 feet in height and is topped by a 5-
foot high, south-facing metal sheet to discourage climbers. The
landing mat fence that it replaced measured 10 feet tall, and was
also easier to cut through and burrow under.
Asked about the recent injuries, Eric Cantu, spokesman for the Border
Patrol's Tucson Sector, pointed to the new barrier's principal
purpose: providing better security for the United States.
"The intent of the design, structure and height of the fence is to
make it more difficult to climb which gives us as an agency more time
to identify, classify and respond to any threats. Which in turn makes
us a nation safer, which everybody wants," said
Colleen Angle, another Tucson Sector spokesperson, said did not know
how undocumented immigrants are managing to climb the fence.
Human smugglers might be the ones who could better answer that
question, she said.