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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_Mexico


While contemporary Mexican society has not embraced gun culture as passionately as its northern neighbor, the United States, firearms have played a significant role in the History of Mexico and similarly to the U.S., the country was founded with a strong presence and adhesion to arms. Mexican Golden Age films often depicted the protagonists and antagonists as gun-slinging cowboys and charros, an example of a cultural attachment to guns that was shared in both sides of the border.


And just as the Colonies took up arms against Britain, it was through the means of armed combat that Mexico achieved its independence from Spain. From then on, the course of history was marked by several armed conflicts, including the American (1846–48) and French (1861–67) interventions, as well as indigenous struggles due to the several forms of government that ruled over Mexican territory, culminating with the Mexican Revolution (1910–20) and the Cristero War (1926–29).


During the first half of the 20th century, a prevalent culture of guns was well present in Mexico. While regulation and conditions for the lawful ownership and possession of firearms existed, guns remained a household item, to the point that Americans would travel to Mexico to engage in hunting and target shooting activities, including the popular silhouette shooting game that originated in Mexico.


By the 1960s, fear of the growing anti-government sentiment and the growing number of citizens arming themselves, prompted the government to modify Article 10 of the Constitution and to enact the Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives. And so begun a systematic disarmament of the population by limiting gun ownership to small-caliber handguns, heavily restricting the right to carry outside the home, and ending a cultural attachment to firearms by shutting down gun stores, outlawing the private sale of firearms, closing down public shooting facilities, and putting in control of the federal government all firearm-related matters.


This swift change resulting in sweeping powers over gun control were the result of the strong presidentialism that has traditionally marked Mexican politics, giving the sitting president control and cooperation of Congress to change present laws or enact new laws.



The government defended the constitutional reform and new federal law by expressing that there was a time where the government could not guarantee the security of its subjects and therefore citizens were allowed to arm themselves to look after their own safety but given that the government was now able to deliver justice, it was time that the use of force be reserved to the government in order to preserve due process and the rule of law.
In addition, the government has conducted gun-exchange programs from time-to-time, where citizens are encouraged to exchange any firearm (registered, unregistered, legal or illegal) for either a cash incentive or groceries, without fear of civil or criminal prosecution.




I would argue that the Mexican government CAN NOT and HAS NOT guaranteed the safety or security of it's citizens.


Would the cartels have the hold they do on that country had Mexico's gun laws not been so limited in the early 70's?


Mexico gained it's own independence through the use of citizen arms against Spain..



I pose this question to those who would limit our rights in the United States..



Given history's clear evidence of oppression and murder by governments of it's own disarmed citizens, can one say today that they believe in the perpetual benevolence of our own government?

And if not how can you then support further limits on gun rights in the United States?

Discuss..
 

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Wikipedia. Always true, always. It's on the Internet, so it has too be true, that's the rules, right?
If it's not, show how it's not or STFU.

Why did you bother to post?

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Fuck man, they try to disarm your mind everytime Honey Boo Boo bullshit comes on.

Maybe gun control will be a good thing, now I can buy my guns on the blackmarket and the gov will not know who the fuck got guns.

Great system right?

Dumb fucks
 

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