Our second amendment insures the safety of innocent citizens. You may not agree with me, but the alternative with an unarmed citizenry is unacceptable. I read a very disturbing article in the Wall Street Journal on November 18, 2018 written by Jose De Cordoba and Juan Montes titled Mexico’s “Crisis of Civilization.”

“Since 2006 there have been 250,000 murders in Mexico and to date there are 37,400 missing.” These numbers are horrifying. The citizens of Mexico are trapped between violent cartels and gangs and often corrupt government officials paid to look the other way.

According to the article, 75% of the missing are young men below the age of 40 and 25% are young women. The cartels and gangs kidnap the young men and force them to perform dangerous tasks such as tapping into gasoline pipelines to steal gas or they use them as soldiers to fight with rival drug cartels for drug routes. God only knows what the young women are used for, probably sex trafficking or worse.

Why am I writing about this? Well, here is where I will lose the liberal socialist reader. I am writing about this because what is truly sad is that the innocent Mexican citizen has no way to defend their family. They can’t fight back because they have no guns. Mexican gun laws prohibit citizens from owning guns so the only people that have weapons are the cartels, gangs, and a lot of corrupt officials.

This is exactly why our 2nd Amendment is so important. Already you have Democrats chanting for more gun control with their winning the majority in Congress. You say Don; they are not talking about taking all of your guns away just limiting the number rounds a magazine will hold in a semi-automatic rifle. That’s true but what will be next; and there will be a next. Socialism cannot tolerate an armed citizenry. Citizens are forbidden to own weapons in the following countries: Cuba, Venezuela, China, North Korea, and Russia. You say well Don we don’t hear about such violence in these countries; and I say, because you only hear what they want you to hear. The government controls all of the media and internet in these countries. We only hear about the Mexican horrors because of their proximity to us and because the mothers of the missing are banding together to try and find their children. This is a horrible situation in Mexico.

Because our forefathers recognized the importance of the second amendment it is a cornerstone of our society and will be very difficult to defeat. The socialist know this and they realize that it cannot be chopped away but rather whittled away slowly over a long time period. They will demonize certain weapons such as the semi-automatic rifle until these are completely banned then they will move on to the next weapon they want to confiscate. https://keepusgreat.com/2018/02/18/guns-emotions-escalate-strategic-planning/ You want an example, okay here is one for you, remember a week or so ago a young man went into a California night club and killed eleven people and one law enforcement officer? Did you notice how little coverage this got and how nobody even mentioned more gun control? Why is that? Well, because the young man used a semi-automatic pistol to commit this tragedy and not a rifle.

Socialism creeps into power because people resist a sudden loss of freedom. Guns themselves do not kill people it’s the person behind the weapon that kills. I know you are tired of hearing that but it is true. Here is something for you to ponder, even in societies where the citizens cannot own weapons, murders and other horrifying acts are being committed by those who have illegal weapons and who are supposed to have the best interest of the people in mind. So, at the end of the day, it is what is in the heart and mind of a person and not what is in their hand that will determine what actions they will or will not take.