As told in the previous post, the trail of the thief ended that morning in front of a high fenced, gringo laden RV park in the middle of nowhere. We were greeted by the owner, a white haired old guy with a gold chain, a billfish tournament t-shirt, and a Tecate Light in hand. He was at first a bit offended that we would presume a “bandito” would come anywhere near his compound. As he stated, he had “lots of guns and dogs” to protect himself and his tenants, and he made it clear that he was anxious for the opportunity to shoot any Mexican crook that tried to steal from him. From the way he spoke everything AR15 related and about a few snipers, he sounded like he could take on anything which came at him.
His gruff demeanor soon softened a bit, however. We told him that we’d tracked the thief down a convoluted path about a mile away, and I think it struck his Rambo nerve. All of his Soldier of Fortune magazines had always described such a thing, but to meet a couple of gringos that could actually follow a bandito through the sand truly made him happy. He took us in like we were one of his own.
His penchant for violence was a bit unnerving, but he did say he would do some digging for us and try to help us out. He sent us away as he decried Canadian and Mexican gun laws and almost broke into a Charleton Heston inspired Star Spangled Banner that boiled up from his love for the NRA and our corporate, er, I mean national, gun policy.
The curse of the lantern, and the subsequent crime that has stricken us, has had us talking much about justice lately. We are in a country where people laugh at you when you tell them you are going to file a police report. We have been told by the locals that to get something done, you have to offer a reward. Not a reward to the citizenry to motivate your neighbor to do police work. But to the police…to motivate them to do police work. Katie and Bri did go to the police station to file a report, which they scribbled on a notepad and almost certainly filed in the waste basket before the door swung closed.
So Rob and I searched for the thief ourselves, hoping to confront the criminal and keep the job in house. The militant Canadian at least talked as if he espoused a similar vigilante method, if not a more violent one. And we’ve found that we can’t really trust the police to do their job or to keep their hands out of innocent peoples’ pockets. None of these types of justice are appropriate in a modern society, but they seem to be the natural direction of drift when we humans are left to our own devices.
I’m not sure where you were going with the “corporate ” gun policy but there are evil people everywhere ( just like the people who stole your friends electronics). The only means we have of protecting ourselves from theft, rape, murder, etc. are weapons. It does not appear the police in Mexico are going to be of any help. I’m sure foreigners and guests in Mexico are not allowed to have guns and the criminals know it. I’m sorry for your friends loss. I enjoy your blog. But keep the politics to yourself.
I agree that weapons are an effective last resort to protecting ourselves from evil people, and just so you know that I’m not some gun hater, I’ll let you know that I own five firearms and am an ardent supporter of an armed populace. I would hope that populace was also well trained, well educated, and mentally stable as well…
The corporate statement was referring to a gun industry that insists on manufacturing/distributing assault weapons, handguns, and high capacity magazines. These are items that, in my opinion, have no place in our society, for self defense or otherwise.
The point of the story was that this guy we met was a jackass who was adament about killing Mexicans…or at least talking about killing Mexicans.
I’m glad you enjoy the blog. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy my political commentary, and I’d be happy to refund all of your membership dues. 😉
I will try and express my theses more clearly, it’s just the bane of the format sometimes.
Thanks and I hope you stick around.
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