Mar 17, 2006, 12:29 PM
Post #51 of 57
I have a friend who, as a rowdy teenager, spent a lot of time in nefarious activies in Oaxaca. He ALWAYS carried a gun. I would bet a lot of tortillas that the guns have only gotten bigger and better, not gone away. Oaxaca is a very dangerous state in many areas, granted not the areas that tourists usually go to but out in the campo where the gold grows. Out there I doubt there are many - or any - men without a gun.
I know lots of Oaxacans who live out away from the city.... some I know very well and some just as casual aquaintances. There are a few who I suspect by thier reputations might be involved in some 'nefarious' activity and I suppose they probably own guns. Maybe some of the others do too, but of the friends I know very well I would be really surprised if they own a gun. In fact I'm almost sure they don't. They do carry machetes when they go out walking at night or in the campo, but (other than for work) the machete is mainly as protection against dogs or to whack a snake if they happen across one. And even when they go hunting they hunt with slingshots.
But I'm going to do a poll and ask some of them if they keep a gun at home. I'll report back what I find out.