When they shoot at our policeman and border patrol agents our police and border patrol already return fire. This doesn't happen often, but it's happening with more frequency these days. The escalation of violence isn't due to the defensive actions taken by our law enforcement and border patrol. I think it's due to the fact that the cartels are successfully bullying their own drug policies against the Mexican government and are beginning to think that level of bullying can be done here, against the U.S. Government and law enforcement. They are right that they can bully the meager U.S. border defenses into submission so long as Washington D.C. continues to ignore our border.
Most often, the human or drug traffickers run at the first sign of border patrol, and border patrol pursues if they feel like it. Mexicans still traffic drugs and people across the border because the probability of actually meeting any resistance along the 1,969 mile long border is very low. Thus the need for greater enforcement; numbers and area wise, not necessarily escalation of force wise. We need to increase the probability that illegals crossing the border will run into authorities, and allow the authorities to act appropriately if violence then ensues.
That's the point I think I was unsuccessfully trying to get across. I think my responses were kind of more acidic than I would have liked because I live in San Tan Valley, AZ. We don't have our own police department because we aren't even really a town. Our police needs are serviced by the Pinal County Sheriff's Department, and I have a very good relationship with the department, as well as several deputies I have come to know and respect. This department is understaffed and spread thin in this huge area, but they are good guys doing their best, and I have nothing but good things to say about Sheriff Babeu. To have Deputy Puroll involved in a 10 minute shootout with 5 drug smugglers, then shot all because a foreign cartel wanted to protect his merchandise really grates on my last nerve as far as the immigration debate is concerned. This happened less than 25 miles from my home.
Edit: Crap, I think I put this in the wrong thread, but it's still kind of pertinent anyway.
Last edited by malloc; 05-04-2010 at 04:52 PM.
We had a riot in my hometown years ago. The blacks came through downtown tearing shit up. The local drug store wasn't touched. The pharmacist collected military grade weapons. When you have a big ass machine gun mounted on a tripod in the front parking lot, they tend to move on to the next store. Ralph set up shop and just watched them pass by.
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