Law-abiding Mexicans who want a gun to
defend themselves have no good options. Either they fight government red
tape to get a legal permit, or they buy one on the black market.
"I think there would be less violence if there were more guns, in the
sense that I could barge in here and do whatever I want, knowing that
this guy doesn't have a gun," says Jose Widmar, the brother of slain
They have an advocate in their cousin Alex LeBaron, a 31-year-old
Chihuahua state deputy with national aspirations. He's a burly,
baby-faced politician who attended college in New Mexico and served in
the U.S. Navy. His own father was killed in a carjacking.
If Alex LeBaron makes it into the federal congress, his most passionate issue will be changing Mexico's convoluted gun laws.
Mexican citizens 100-percent, and we have the right to bear arms, and
we're going to keep fighting for that right as long as it takes," he
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