You do what you have to.
An audacious band of citizen militias battling a brutal drug cartel
in the hills of central Mexico is becoming increasingly well-armed and
coordinated in an attempt to end years of violence, extortion and
What began as a few scattered self-defense groups has spread in
recent months to dozens of towns across Michoacan, a volatile state
gripped by the cultlike Knights Templar, a drug gang known for taxing
locals on everything from cows to tortillas and executing those who do
They don't trust LE, they don't trust the army, and they have reason not to. So,
The groups ring a church bell or shoot off fireworks, and thousands pour into the streets, he said.
curious,” the doctor said. “These people who had tied people up,
blindfolded them and executed them, when we shoot, they run. I think
they are afraid of us.”
He and others also wonder how they have been able to do what far-better-armed federal security forces have not.
look at the military people — they have gear, they are trained, very
capable,” said Pimentel, the butcher. “But here, the locals, the
farmers, the workers, we are doing the job. Now we have to be sure those
people are not coming back.”
You'll note that it mentions the carrying arms in a country were just about anything is illegal for the commoners; but the army seems to be giving a blind eye. Knowing who the real enemy is, I'd guess.