Don’t Bring A Rock To A Gunfight

There is something worse than bringing a knife to a gunfight. That would be bringing a rock to a gunfight.

The fatal shooting of a teenager suspected of throwing rocks at U.S. Border Patrol agents has prompted strong condemnations from Mexican officials and human rights groups amid a sharp increase in agent-involved killings along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The suspected smuggler was shot Wednesday night by agents after they ordered a group of youths near downtown Nogales, Mexico, to stop throwing rocks, according to U.S. officials. Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, died at the scene from several bullet wounds, according to Mexican authorities in the state of Sonora, which sits across the border from Arizona.

…Under agency guidelines, repelling rock attacks with bullets can be regarded as a justifiable use of force in part because rocks have inflicted serious injuries on agents. But critics have grown increasingly vocal at the frequency of such incidents and what they call a lack of transparency in follow-up investigations. Wednesday’s confrontation was the third incident since September; at least 15 civilians have died in agent-involved confrontations since 2010.

“The disproportionate use of lethal force in the exercise of immigration control functions is unacceptable under any circumstances,” the Mexican Ministry of Exterior Relations said in a statement. “These kinds of acts, especially because they are recurring, have been rejected by Mexican society and all of the country’s political powers.”

…Agents in such cases are rarely prosecuted. Investigations typically conclude that they acted in self-defense. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that the agency’s “law enforcement personnel are trained to use deadly force in circumstances that pose a threat to their lives, the lives of their fellow law enforcement partners and innocent third parties.”

While an unnecessary loss of life is always sad and this incident should certainly be fully investigated, let’s not minimize what happened: People on the Mexican side of the border tried to injure and/or kill American border patrol agents. The Mexican government encourages Mexicans to nurse grievances against the United States. The Mexican military does nothing of significance to prevent illegals from crossing over or to stop these attacks.

Furthermore, these are not isolated incidents; they’re regular occurrences — which is scandalous. We should have OUR GOVERNMENT demanding arrests and asking Mexico what it’s doing to keep its citizens from attacking American border patrol agents. Since that’s not happening and Mexico is indifferent to whether Americans are hurt or killed by its citizens, these border patrol agents can and should defend themselves. They don’t have any obligation to have their heads smashed in with rocks just because they have guns and the violent imbeciles who are attacking them are using rocks. Here’s an idea: keep your feet and rocks on the Mexican side of the border unless you’re allowed to come across legally and you won’t have any problems.

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7 Responses to Don’t Bring A Rock To A Gunfight

  1. Chip Spradley says:

    What about the two border guards who are in prison for about 25 years for doing their job. It is a wonder anybody will be a border guard.

  2. Joe says:

    When you throw rocks at any guy carrying a gun, you’re just putting your own name in the hat for a Darwin Award. When you throw a rock at a law enforcement agent carrying a gun, you actually deserve to win it.

  3. Extra Smooth 1 says:

    Throwing a “deadly missile” is a serious crime in many states. A rock hurled at my head could seriously injure or kill me. I would be justified in using deadly force here in NV if I had “reasonable fear” of death or great bodily harm.

  4. Timmy says:

    They shouldn’t be investigated. They were in the right, our government should stop bending over for Mexico.

  5. Stan Lee says:

    I’m sure that U.S. Border Agents don’t whip out their weapons without very justifiable provocation. Their R.O.E. must be as frustrating as what our boys in Afghanistan have to live with. The U.S. Border Patrol is far from being aggressive, but they have their mission and it’s proven to be a dangerous one. They have every right to defend themselves, and Mexican nationals should understand that. If their own police forces don’t control their offenses against U.S. Border Patrolmen, the Mexican side is then wilfully negligent.

  6. Sam Molloy says:

    From what I know about self defense laws they were absolutely justified. However, in deference to their age and to set a more positive example of American values, perhaps heavy “Beanbags” , stickygoop or other non lethal technologies should be used in cases like this.

  7. Cetansapa says:

    @ Sam: Have you ever ‘been there and done that’? Doesn’t sound like it. When you are being assailed by potentially deadly thrown objects there generally isn’t time or opportunity to determine the age of the thrower. You have reasonable grounds to suspect he is trying to kill or seriously injure you or others around you so you take the necessary action to stop the attack or someone suffers the consequences. These people, both young and old are violating our borders every day. They know the restrictive ROE our BP Agents have to go by and do not hesitate to take advantage. Until the Mexican government gets its act together to control cross-border smugglers of people and drugs, they can take their complaints and stick them. And BTW, according to all the reports, BP Agent Brian Terry was “armed” with beanbags and stupid rules from the upper echelons the night he was shot and killed by a Fast and Furious AK-47 actually firing real bullets.

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