A relative of the nine U.S.-Mexican citizens who were brutally murdered in Mexico earlier this week told left-wing CNN host Anderson Cooper to his face on Wednesday that he and other Americans need to “fight” for their constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.
“I don’t know where you’re standing on the whole [idea of] trying to take away the guns in America right now, but I say fight for those guns,” Kendra Lee Miller said during a discussion with Cooper on his weekday web program, “Anderson Cooper Full Circle.”
Some of the hosts at the far-left network have displayed a glaring disdain for guns.
“These things are happening here in Mexico because people can’t protect themselves because by law they’re not allowed to own these guns,” Miller continued. “So since the government isn’t doing their job of protection in the way that they should, these cartels can just wreak havoc and the people are left defenseless. So I say hold onto your guns, people.”
She made the remarks while speaking about the lack of government protection that she and others in Mexico face.
Listen to her full statement below:
“It’s not just us,” she initially said as she described others who’ve suffered because of uncontrolled cartel violence in Mexico.
“There were two people who went missing, and we haven’t ever heard of their whereabouts from a community 10 minutes away from us,” she said. “And there are people that have been involved and worked for us — not those two specifically but the families of — and what’s happening here is [that] the Mexican people are oppressed.”
“They’re being abused by these cartels, living in fear of their lives. We can’t drive public roads safely,” she continued. “We’re being threatened that we can’t even take some public roads, or else we’ll have bad things happen to us … But it’s not just my community. It’s all of Mexico. So many people are not protected the way that they should be.”
Miller’s sister-in-law was among the nine deceased LeBaron family members, including six children, who were shot and/or burned to death during a gruesome massacre committed Monday by a Mexican cartel.
They were driving in several vans reportedly en route to Phoenix when they were ambushed by cartel members in the Mexican state of Sonora.
“The victims are U.S. citizens who have lived in a fundamentalist Mormon community in the border region for decades,” The Salt Lake Tribune originally reported. “They were traveling in three separate vehicles when the gunmen attacked, several family members said.”
“They described a terrifying scene in which one child was gunned down while running away, while others were trapped inside a burning car. Two of the children killed were less than a year old, the family members said,” the report added.
I can’t bring myself to post the video of the burned vehicle this mother & twins were in when organized crime members attacked their motorcade in Mexico. At least 5 women and children were killed. Sometimes the hate in this world is too overwhelming. Prayers to the LeBaron family pic.twitter.com/pKuBQpzon1
— Emily Salazar (@LuvvvMusic) November 5, 2019
Miller’s extended family, the LeBarons, had been feuding with local cartels for awhile over water rights, according to former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda.
“They had stood up to the drug cartels and they did have certain frictions either with the cartels or with neighboring communities over water rights,” he said to CNN on Tuesday.
“Their long-standing tensions, and apparently the woman who was driving in the first car that was attacked was an activist. She was someone who was very active in her community, defending her family, her fellow members of the community against cartels, on the issue of water rights.”
More notably, he added that the LeBaron family had been benefiting from the protection of local authorities since 2011, that is until the nation’s government withdrew support earlier this year. The withdrawing of support seems to coincide with the beginning of radically far-left President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s term in office, which began last December.
This left the family virtually defenseless in a country with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world — gun laws that, of course, the cartels don’t abide by. These laws are so restrictive, in fact, that the entire country reportedly only has one gun store. And just obtaining a gun from this lone store itself is hard enough:
“Like the 2nd Amendment in the United States, Mexico’s Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, but it also stipulates that federal law ‘will determine the cases, conditions, requirements and places’ of gun ownership,” the Los Angeles Times noted in a profile last year. “For many Mexicans, even those who love guns, the thought of an unfettered right to owning one is perplexing.”
Meanwhile, Mexico continues to suffer from unprecedented levels of violence — the vast, vast, vast majority of it committed by non-law-abiding cartel members.
All this dovetails with Miller’s request, which stands in stark contrast to the rhetoric regularly spouted by the institutional left in America.
Every time a mass shooting erupts, members of the left — media figures, Democrat politicians, hypocritical Hollywood celebrities, etc. — begin clamoring loudly about the need for the American people’s gun rights to be further restricted.
But the evidence out of Mexico — including Miller’s own testimony — strongly suggests that a reduction in gun rights is the exact opposite of what America needs.
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