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ACAPULCO, Mexico—Shootings and attacks in Mexico's Pacific coast resort of Acapulco left two police officers, three suspected drug cartel gunmen and two other men dead, police said Monday.
The confrontations on Sunday began when gunmen traveling in a convoy of eight vehicles opened fire on an Acapulco municipal police patrol car Sunday, killing two officers.
Federal officers responding to the reports of gunfire later located the convoy; in the ensuing gunfight, three suspects were killed.
Almonte's brother was killed on Jan. 1 in a rural town in Guerrero by unidentified gunmen. The state has been plagued by such executions.
"When you fight someone and at least you have a 'piece,' the person who is attacking you might think twice," Almonte said. "We cannot go on the way we are."
At present, Mexico's constitution allows citizens to have one or two low-caliber guns in their homes, but they must get a permit from the Defense Department and the process is complicated. Almonte did not give specifics on how he would make it easier.
"Having a weapon should be a right, because the bad guys are few and we, the good guys, are many, so we can't allow ourselves to be held hostage by the few," Almonte said.
Article 11 of Ley Federal de Armas de Fuego y Explosivos lists prohibited "military firearms" in Mexico. They include:
• anything full-auto
• any semi-auto handgun larger than 380 (e.g., 9mm, .38 Super, or larger)
• any revolver in .357 Magnum or larger
• any rifle in larger than .30 caliber
• any shotgun larger than 12ga or with a barrel shorter than 25".
Where there are prohibitions, there are penalties. The penalties for possession of prohibited "military firearms" include: 3-12 months in prison for bayonets, sabers and lances, 1-7 years for .357 magnum revolvers and any revolver larger than a .38 Special, and 2-12 years for other prohibited weapons. You don't want to run afoul of this law!
Originally posted by TruthxIsxInxThexMist
reply to post by DaddyBare
I have to agree that with what is happening over in Mexico, it would be much wiser to allow the Inocent people to hold guns so as to fend off the Cartels forcing their way into their homes at gunpoint, threatening and killing... they need to defend themselves somehow...
Just like i would expect to be allowed a gun if this kind of thing was happening over here in the UK!!
Originally posted by rcanem
I have said it before, an armed society is a polite society. When citizens are armed, criminals will be reluctant to start crap when they know the whole block could retaliate in kind.
Originally posted by DaddyBare
reply to post by Erongaricuaro
I'd glad your posting to my thread...
I too have lived and worked throughout Mexico and one thing I have a hell of time making people understand..
is that Normal Mexicans are just like us... Men Women, families... well all have the same dreams... to life free, have our children grow up and have better lives then we did... to us normal people there in no higher goal...
The last thing we need is to be caught in the middle of these power struggles... Police, drug dealers, the Military...
when your shopping for your family at the Plaza and the shooting starts... everyone is a bad guy...