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Valley man arming himself against border violence

August 3rd 2012   ·   12 Comments

A man kidnapped from a Brownsville restaurant and killed, Mexican troops deployed across the border, Army helicopters stationed in the Valley, and a movie theater massacre with ties to Harlingen, all factors leading some to arm themselves.

“Recently with all the violence going on I just feel like people just aren’t safe anymore,” David Cavazos of San Benito is going through the process of getting a concealed gun license.

He completed a safety course and had his fingerprints taken at the San Benito Police Department.

“The police can’t be everywhere all the time and sometimes by the time they show up it may be too late.”

But there are limits to where you can take a concealed gun.

“Bars, voting places those are locations, hospitals, locations where concealed guns are not allowed,” said San Benito Police Detective Rogelio Banda.

But they are allowed in most places.

So Cavazos is taking matters into his own hands and admits he’s not comfortable about what’s happening along the border.

“You worry about spillover and that they might come over here and you know cause problems and people get in the way sometimes.”

He’s just one of those in the Valley feeling uneasy about the drug war and taking action to protect his family.

To get a concealed gun license you have to go through the Department of Public Safety.

Already this year they have issued more than 60-thousand licenses.

They have another 50-thousand applications on standby statewide.


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Readers Comments (12)

  1. Rick Allen says:

    Just make sure you shoot to wound! Then tell him the next time I will kill your ass!

  2. Every law-abiding citizen of the United States should be armed.

  3. They better be…just sayin’.

  4. Skip Stein says:

    It is the Federal Governments JOB to protect our borders, but when they fail miserably to do so, Citizens MUST protect themselves. It is not the duty of local police to enforce the invasion of the USA, it is the Federal Government’s responsibility – someone in Washington needs to read the Constitution!

  5. Jerry Reitz says:

    Skip they don’t want to read it, they want to trash it.

  6. Sue Moore says:

    the gov.misplaced their copy !!!!

  7. JD Bailey says:

    You Texans are lucky, you have oil, ports, and a reserved right to secede, If only Arizona were so lucky……..

  8. civil war is coming !!! It is planned by the white house !!!!!

  9. One thing for sure…our beloved government ( Obama) will not protect us,in fact,they are the ones that are after us.Get ready for civil war if Obama gets 4 more years!!!

  10. yes,mr hepler,we will be ready….i hope

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