A strange thing happened in Mexico; Mexican drug gangs beat the police.
With enough men and enough guns, the drug gangs resorted to a tactic that sounds totally bizarre to American ears: they shot police for no other reason than that they carried badges.
•This had a surprising, awful effect.
The surviving police simply quit their jobs. It didn’t take too many calculated murders of their co-workers to make them think twice about putting on a uniform.
This sounds utterly bizarre, but organized crime can easily shut down a police department. The absolute number of policemen is relatively small, and the deterrent effect of shooting on sight is certain to kill morale.
•And so, for a time, the people of Mexico were terrorized by drug gangs operating with impunity.
Why was this possible? Why didn’t the citizens fight back?
Buying a gun in Mexico is very difficult and expensive, and if you do get one, it is probably a .22 single shot that isn’t much good against Mexican drug gangs with body armor. Ultimately, in the lawless regions of Mexico the “good guys” got some firepower and started shooting back.
The moral of the story is clear; the police are limited in numbers, and in normal circumstances are adequate.
However, if all that stands between organized crime’s ability to operate with impunity are a few good men, those few won’t be enough. An armed citizenry is an insurance policy and a deterrent for those who might attempt a similar coup in the United States.
So, when someone asks why someone needs a high-powered semi-automatic rifle with a 30-round clip, one only needs to look to our gun-controlled neighbor to the South, and the mounds of dismembered bodies.