News Flash: Drug Cartel in Mexico

This is simply one of those things I just can’t keep to myself.  While it does involve a bit of “she said, she said” I still believe it’s credible and wanted to pass it along to all of you.  As a forewarning, this issue may be considered disturbing by many, so you may want to wait to read this message on a blasé day.

Yesterday, (March 11, 2009) I went to get my nails done.  As soon as I walked in, Heather, the gal who has done my nails for nearly three years, got a call on her cell.  Seeing Heather regularly over the last couple of years has allowed me to meet and come to know her family and even friends of the family.  When Heather looked who was calling, she noticed it was her daughter, then apologized to me for the delay and took the call, while she readied herself for our appointment.  As I waited patiently, I could easily hear her side of the conversation.

“What?!

“When?!

“Are you SERIOUS?!

“Why isn’t this on the news here?!

“OK.  Just calm down.  There’s nothing we can do about it from here.  I’m so sorry!

“No. It’s not even on the news here.  I’ve seen no coverage of this.”

The conversation was brief, but clearly disturbing.  When she got off the phone she shared the conversation with me.  Keep in mind that after three years of doing business with her, Heather knows me and my firm beliefs.  (After all, what else is there to do while you’re getting your nails done but talk, right?)

The Story the News is Not Telling You DOES Affect Your Life

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Heather’s daughter’s best friend is from Mexico, who I’ve met on several occasions at Heather’s.  Part of her family is here legally in the U.S. while a great many more are in Mexico.  Apparently her Mexican friend had just recently spoken with her family in Mexico.  They conveyed to her some atrocious facts that have serious bearing here in the U.S.  Heather’s daughter was clearly shaken up by a recent conversation she had with her Mexican friend which was relayed to Heather.  

The drug cartel are attempting to take over the Mexican government…all of it.  They are on the run throughout parts of the country and are intent on their design, senselessly killing Mexican citizens in their wake.  Entire small cities have been completely abandoned as many have left their homes and fled in hopes to find safety from the power-crazed drug cartel.  Along the path of flight from these cities are piles of decapitated bodies.

border-influxHere are some of the ramifications of these atrocities.  As you know, illegal immigrants have become more flagrant in their attempts to enter our nation.  With the drug cartel’s actions to compel them, obviously fear will spread throughout areas of Mexico.  Our borders are not prepared to handle or defend against a mass exodus of fearful Mexican citizens.  If sufficient communication is conducted between the U.S. and Mexico government officials prior to a completed coup, I suspect that our nation may even intend to permit a massive flight of Mexican citizens across our borders.  If that were the case, how do we differentiate between the innocent citizens trying to flee for safety, albeit illegally, and the blood-thirsty members of the drug cartel?  If the cartel successfully takes over the Mexican government, what kind of international neighbor will we have on our hands?  I don’t know about you, but it makes me very concerned to think we may have a tyrant for a next door neighbor who has committed Nazi-like atrocities on its own citizens. 

mexico-drug-warWhile I was able to find one piece of news on the 11th of March about the “improving drug cartel crack down in Mexico,” the article stated that “90 percent of the killings in Mexico are drug related.”  This would have you believe that only “bad guys” are being killed.  Bad guys, even in Mexico, don’t get decapitated by officials, folks, and they certainly aren’t left in piles on deserted city streets.  This is certainly NOT the report being conveyed by citizens of Mexico seeing it first-hand.  Innocent citizens in the vicinity of the attempted coup efforts are indeed suffering heinous deaths.  These violent gangs are apparently increasing in their level of–and demographic spread of—sheer violence.  In Arizona, kidnappings at the hands of Mexican drug cartel members have increased significantly in the first part of this year along with the number of all-out assaults on the U.S. border.  In Mexico, reports show that twice as many deaths have already occurred in the first 8 weeks of 2009, compared to the same time last year, with over 1,000 deaths reported.  Some of the decapitations are reported in the cities on the U.S. / Mexican border like Tijuana and Juarez and surrounding cities.  A small online newspaper reports that a note attached to a pile of decapitated bodies said, “For each one of mine you kill, I will kill 10 of your soldiers.”  The beheadings were also accompanied by serious mutilation of the bodies.  

Considering that Mexico has an agreement (albeit highly unconstitutional) with the U.S. government to use Mexican forces on American soil to aid in anticipated massive civil unrest and the event of the declaration of martial law, this is even more frightening in my opinion.  These “aiding military” members could be corrupted officials by the drug cartel, or could be the cartel members personally.

I’m also concerned about a potential mass exodus (illegal or not) and an escalation of violence in our neighborhoods here as a result.  At present, over 60% of all violent crimes are committed in the U.S. at the hands of illegal immigrants.  Over 90% of all criminal shootings throughout our nation are committed with a weapon illegally imported into our nation from Mexico!

cocaineOver 90% of the cocaine in the U.S. comes from the Mexican drug cartel.  90%!  This means that the drug cartel has been alive and well within our own borders for some time, and with the financial pinch they are feeling from heightened attempted crack-downs by their government—as indicated by fighting in a never-before-seen manner in Mexico—you have to believe it’s going to affect you here as well.  The drug cartel is clearly becoming more desperate and brazen.

So, what is my point in telling you all of this? It is not to make you afraid.  It is to make you aware and thoughtful of the consequences of the violence in Mexico and its effect within America.  A crisis of significant proportions can be at our doors much sooner than you think.  So here’s the question: are you ready for it?  Do you have appropriate food, water, and medical supplies should your normal way of life be interrupted by chaos or other unexpected events?  And most importantly—DO YOU KNOW HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF?  If you have martial arts training, great, but that’s simply not going to help you in a street fight or a violent domestic break in.  Women especially, since they are the top of a criminal’s list of easy targets, MUST learn how to protect themselves and not rely on someone else to do so. That requires women to become familiar and skillful in the use of a firearm.  Such a tool is the only appropriate equalizer against the level of violence that the Mexican drug cartel is willing to wield to get what they want.  Your peace of mind and safety can no longer afford to be the result of your perceived environment.  It is the result of the environment of safety you proactively create for yourself.  If you have not fortified that environment with the skills and mindset that will better protect you, then you will not have the peace of mind you seek.  Simply having fired a gun out in the field or on a gun range doesn’t cut it either.  It’s important that you take the acquisition of such a skill just as seriously as you would a babysitter for your children.  Get expert training that you can use in a real-life situation which will undoubtedly involve an emotionally climatic situation.  Contrary to some common notions, preparing yourself to fight such a battle doesn’t give you nightmares; it gives you peace—peace, knowing that if the time did come for you to use such skills, you’re going to know exactly what to do and how to do it in order to protect you, your family, and, if necessary, your community.

 

To your peace and safety,

Kellene Bishop

 

Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved.
You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Kellene Bishop.  

Greensburg Gun Confiscations

Here is a true article I’d like you to read.  In doing so I hope that you will take more seriously the right to own and use a firearm when necessary.  Yes, it’s controversial to many. But it’s even more frightening to me to think of my life without such a right.  If we keep our heads in the sand then this will continue to occur and we will have no protective rights left. 


“Greensburg Report

I could not find the original Greensburg thread so I started another one. I have talked to many residents who relayed to me first hand their experiences. All that I originally reported has now been verified by the actual individuals who were involved and is no longer second hand information.

The following article will appear in the next issue of the CHIPS which is the KSRA member newsletter. I am also turning over all of my findings and contact info to the NRA and to several legislators.

                                             GREENSBURG GUN CONFISCATIONS

By Patricia A. Stoneking
greensburg-tornadoI would like to start this report by noting that I have personally spoke with several sources who were directly involved in the incidents that I am about to report that took place in Greensburg, KS in the aftermath of the horrible CAT 5 tornado that ravaged and destroyed that town. I will not be divulging their names in this article as they have requested I not do so.

The first thing I would like for everyone to acknowledge is that the residents of Greensburg were forced to evacuate and that, in and of itself, was an illegal action as martial law had not been declared. There were many people who wanted to stay and they were threatened with arrest and forcible removal if they did not leave as ordered. The tornado happened at 9:46pm on Friday evening, May 4, 2007 and they were forced to leave within a couple hours of it, being given no time to collect themselves or assess the damages or even try to pick up anything such as guns and valuables. Ed Klummp, Police Chiefs Association, testified at the House committee hearing with a position opposing The Emergency Powers Act and said the evacuations were so they could search for bodies and shut off gas and power and that the evacuation was for the safety of the residents. I have been told by a reliable source that the electricity was shut off prior to the tornado striking and the gas was shut off within a few hours after. It would seem that the evacuation was not necessary in light of that information. Perhaps the position should have been that those who want to leave be provided a way to do so and those who wish to stay be allowed to stay.

This town was locked down tight for several days and no one was allowed in or out. The only people in that town during this time were Sheriffs Officers, Kansas Highway Patrol Officers, ATF, FEMA, National Guard, Police Officers from surrounding areas and some volunteers from Ft. Riley, generally speaking, government officials. Authorities claim no one else was there or could have gotten in or out. Interestingly enough, I have been told repeatedly by all sources that the media was allowed to roam freely without escorts through Greensburg. Shall we ask why residents were not allowed to stay on their own property but media was allowed unfettered access?

Many guns and other valuables such as jewelry have gone permanently missing and have never been recovered. There were some houses that were not destroyed and were intact and habitable. Those folks did not want to leave but were forced to do so. When they returned they found their houses had been broken in to and all of their guns missing. One gentleman reports that when he went to claim his guns, taken from his secure home, they were returned to him in damaged condition. They were not damaged by the tornado. They were locked up in his home and illegally confiscated. So how do we suppose that damage occurred?

pile-of-gunsGuns and ammunition that were collected were taken to a trailer and an ATF agent manned the trailer. When people first came to collect their guns they were asked for proof of ownership such as receipts and serial number lists and they had to fill out a 4473 and get a NICS approval before they could claim their guns. No one had paperwork, receipts, or lists of serial numbers because it had all blown away. Later into the process they quit demanding these items and asked only for a list with make, model and description of the firearm. In one case, in the collection trailer, a gun case was claimed by one man who had a very nice trap shotgun in it and when he opened the undamaged and closed case, he found not his nice BT99 but another damaged gun that did not belong to him. That $1500.00 BT99 has never turned up. One comment made by all sources is that many “nice” guns were never recovered. Every source has reported that little to no care was taken with any of the firearms retrieved and taken into protective custody and they were not catalogued in any fashion. One resident said “they were just thrown in there in piles”.

One family, whose house was not damaged, reported that officers were going to remove them at gun point when they refused to leave their property and a gun fight was only averted when a KBI agent stepped in front of the other officers and pleaded with them to consider what they were doing. Those residents had taken up their shotguns and were not going to leave. We can only say thank heavens for that KBI officer who had the sense to realize what pressing these people at gun point would mean.

As I talked to these residents of Greensburg the accounts of their personal experiences kept flowing and they all had certain things in common. Their rights were violated, guns were confiscated illegally and they were forced to leave their homes illegally. When government agents came to their property they did not ask them if they were okay or needed help. They were there to forcibly remove them and confiscate their property. Many of them expressed fear of reprisal should they go public. Do they have the names of the officials who they believe acted illegally and inappropriately? In many cases, the answer is yes. Did all officials act illegally and inappropriately? NO. Many were very helpful and had great concern for the well being of the residents and were there to assist them with the best of intentions.

femaThe people in Greensburg are a close, tight knit community, everyone-knows-everyone kind of place. They were very resentful of government coming in and telling them what they had to do. They would have preferred to stay and help each other locate valuables and guns and not leave their property. Several residents have reported that FEMA did more harm than good and would not even cooperate with local law enforcement. Residents of the town who were firefighters and trained in rescue operations wanted to stay and help their neighbors and friends and were told they could not.

The many stories that have been shared with me are too lengthy to include in this report. I just pose these questions. If there was even one act of misconduct or illegal activity by any governmental official are we to stand by idly and allow it without complaint? Should those who broke the law be allowed to continue to “serve” as law enforcement officials without question? Should the residents of Greensburg have to fear reprisal if they report and file complaints about what happened to them? Should Kansas and its legislative body do nothing to see to it that this never happens again?

I am turning over all of the information I have obtained to the NRA complete with names and numbers of those residents which I have spoke with. I am also going to turn the information over to some members of the Kansas House and Senate. I would urge KSRA members to contact their legislators and demand that a full investigation be conducted in to the events that took place in Greensburg. HB 2811, The Emergency Powers Act is a bill designed to prevent this exact kind of thing from happening and provide a remedy if it does (see that article). At the time of this publication that bill is in the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee. Rise up Kansas! Let your voice be heard! Don’t let your town be next!”