Celebrating the New Year in the borderlands with automatic weapon gunfireby Hugh Holub on Dec. 31, 2010, under border issues, mexican drug cartels, mexico, politics
We already have our annual warnings about how stupid this is because the bullets fired up into the air fall back down…sometimes killing people.
For example, the following story from Phoenix TV station KPHO Police: Random Gunfire Illegal, Dangerous
But if the amount of gunfire at the stroke of midnight seems excessive in the US…it is much worse across the border in Mexico.
When 1999 was turning into 2000 and everyone thought the world was going to end due to the Y2K thing, an emergency command center was set up at the Nogales, Arizona city hall. Agents from local, state and federal agencies were stationed there to do whatever one does when the world ends.
At the stroke of midnight a huge roar of gunfire erupted from Nogales, Sonora. One of the folks watching this said it reminded him of the worst fire fights in ‘Nam.
Tracer rounds were lighting up the sky. Thousands and thousands of rounds were fired into the sky. The staccato sound of automatic weapon fire was obvious.
One of the feds opened up his cell phone and broadcast the roar of the gunfire back to Washington.
Comments were being made about the drug cartel celebrating New Years in a country (Mexico) that has strict gun control laws.
Then the gunfire started to abate and the fed started to fold up his cell phone…and the local police chief said “wait…they’re reloading”….and sure enough another roar of gunfire erupted.
Tonight as 2010 slides into 2011 there will probably be a repeat of the border skies being filled with bullets as has been the case every New Year’s…. Stay under roof because the sky will be raining lead.
Happy New Year from the borderlands.