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Letter: 'When guns outlawed, only outlaws have guns'

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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:56 am | Updated: 7:23 pm, Fri Mar 29, 2013.

The rampage of violence against helpless citizens in Mexico should be a lesson to all in the U.S. who hunger for restricting, then registering, then ultimately collecting our firearms.

Drug gangs have carte blanche run of their country with the ability to lay siege to any town in their “turf” and eliminate all who don’t follow their orders. The reason they operate with impunity is because innocent Mexican citizens have been disarmed by their government!

They are not allowed the inalienable right to defend themselves and their families, but the criminal element is falling all over itself awash in guns and ammo — some of which were supplied to them via the U.S. government. Talk about a double whammy: our government arms the bad guys while their government disarms the victims! With the possibility of weapons being in every casa and the residents willing and able to defend themselves, the cartel cowards would be stopped in their tracks.

If the leaders of Mexico were any way serious about putting a damper on the spread of beheadings, torture and anarchy that is crippling the country, it could do no better than to free up its citizens by restoring their inherent right to keep and bear arms. The wisdom of the bumper sticker cannot be denied: “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

P.J. O’Malley

Mesa

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