Kalashnikov, quantity five hundred.
Chinese AK five-magazine pouch, quantity five hundred.
7.62x39, quantity 90,000 rounds.
Illegal Mexican males of military age, quantity 500.
Landing Craft, quantity one.
Miramar Beach, Tampico, Mexico.
The road from Tampico to Mexico City.
Repeat as needed.
You know, COL Robert "Mad Bob" REDACTED once said that the solution for illegal immigration was to deport every illegal of military age caught within the confines of the state of Alabama by placing them on a landing craft and then putting them out on the beach at Tampico. When they landed, Mad Bob proposed to hand each of them a Kalashnikov, a five-magazine bandoleer and 180 rounds of 7.62x39 ball and point them in the direction of Mexico City.
Reading the story below, maybe he had a point. The problem with violence in Mexico is not that they have too many firearms, but that the firearms that are there are in the wrong hands -- corrupt government and criminal gangs. The problem is that there are too few firearms in the hands of the honest folks who are preyed upon by both sets of criminals.
In Mexico, a legal breakdown invites brutal justice.
"We won't take it anymore," said Victor Hernandez, a block captain delegated to oversee security in Ascencion, which the group has divided into quadrants.
Mexican gun control laws limit citizens to owning smaller-caliber weapons and a handful of bullets for home defense, but group members said they were not going to leave themselves vulnerable and outgunned.
In Ascension, the group has erected a siren tower, like the kind that might warn residents in Kansas of an impending tornado, to alert everyone in town that a kidnapping is in progress. Members of the group then quickly mobilize and block the highway that passes through town.
With support from local officials, the group has also dug a trench around the town, wide and deep enough that a vehicle could not escape by driving off-road.
Members of the group said they plan to turn suspects over to authorities but were prepared to "disappear" them if authorities fail to do their jobs. The body of a suspected stereo thief was found on the edge of town in October, as rumors circulated that he too had been lynched.
"This whole country is suffering," said Fernando Saenz, the citizen group's elected leader. "It's time for the people to take over, because the government isn't doing its job. We have to take care of ourselves."