On May 23, the Herald reported that a Mexican drug cartel torched Michoacan, a western state of Mexico. Gang members set fire to lumber yards, packing plants and passenger buses. Furthermore, "The Knights Templar" cartel is extorting protection payments from cattlemen, lime growers and businesses such as butchers.
The report said, "The officials doing nothing to help, self-defense groups started to spring up in February to fight back."
If these defense groups did not have weapons to fight back against this cartel, how would they defend themselves? Who would help them? We already know (as reported in the article) that all the Mexican Federal Government did was declare a lime emergency. When you are staring down the business end of a firearm, you don't need a lime emergency, you need help.
I believe in the U.S. Constitution. It is indeed necessary and proper that hard-working, law-abiding citizens have the right to keep and bear arms to protect themselves from lawless groups, individuals and tyranny.
Do not believe for a moment that the atrocities that are happening in Michoacan could not happen here. They very well could. Let's defend the right for U.S. citizens to responsibly keep and bear arms.
JOHN R. RANNOW, Kennewick