Here is what happens when guns are illegal in your country

Mexican Gun Laws

Dave Kopel’s View

From the Tarrant County Office of Emergency Management:

The Texas Department of Public Safety is again urging Spring Breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico as a result of continued violence throughout the country.

“The Mexican government has made great strides battling the cartels, and we commend their continued commitment to making Mexico a safer place to live and visit,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. “However, drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat, even in some resort areas.”

According to published information from the U.S. Department of State: *

12,903 narcotics-related homicides were reported the first nine months of 2011 alone.
The number of U.S. citizens reported as murdered in Mexico increased from 35 in 2007 to 120 in 2011.
U.S. citizens have fallen victim to transnational criminal activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.
Rape and sexual assault continue to be serious problems in resort areas.
Some bars and nightclubs, especially in resort cities such as Cancun, Acapulco, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, and Tijuana can be havens for drug dealers and petty criminals.
Crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere.
The State Department now urges U.S. travelers to defer non-essential travel to all or parts of 14 Mexican states, four more than 2011.

The situation in Mexico today is significantly different than it was just a decade ago,” said McCraw. “Many crimes against Americans in Mexico go unpunished, and we have a responsibility to inform the public about safety and travel risks and threats. Based on the unpredictable nature of cartel violence and other criminal elements, we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time.”

DPS acknowledges that many travel to Mexico without incident, but the risks cannot be ignored. Travelers are encouraged to carefully research any planned trips.

Travelers should always check the U.S. Department of State website for the most up-to-date information related to security issues in Mexico. (See *

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Mexico are urged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate at

3 Responses to “Here is what happens when guns are illegal in your country”

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  1. Emily says:

    This Wikipedia article makes no sense. It says Mexico has some of the strictest gun laws in the world, but goes on to say that non-military caliber small handgun ownership is a non-issue. If anyone can carry a small handgun, that doesn’t support the notion that Mexico is going up in flames because only the cartel has weapons.

    I know the firepower is different, but a small caliber handgun bullet will kill you all the same.

  2. jape says:

    Wikipedia articles can be written by anyone. I did find some discrepancies in it, but if you Google “gun laws in Mexico” you’ll find many articles that confirm the Mexican government is one of the strictest in the world. My title of this post is about guns being illegal, and that isn’t 100% accurate for Mexico, but the thought behind the article applies.

    Statistically, the countries in this world with the strictest gun laws have the highest crime rates. You can Google that one also. Criminals do not care about breaking the law, so making laws that only apply to non-criminals doesn’t make any sense at all.

    Drug cartels aren’t legal in Mexico either, but Mexico is full of them.

  3. Emily says:

    I’ve heard your speech before. 😉

    What I am saying is:

    1) I wouldn’t use Wikipedia to support an argument, for exact reasons you mentioned, especially if the article in question is nonsensical or contradictory.

    2) I don’t think the gun laws in Mexico have a relation to the cartel activity, because as mentioned, small handguns are not illegal, although larger caliber weapons are. Drug cartels have had a stronghold in other areas, notably Colombia, again unrelated to the local gun laws. The cartels don’t care if you have a gun or not, because they are going to decapitate you in your sleep.

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