Armed Traffickers On U.S. Southern Border Signal More Threats to Us.
Another recent story of heavily-armed traffickers on the southern border revealed that U.S. Border Patrol agents challenged four men illegally crossing the border, causing them to drop AR-15 style rifles and retreat back into Mexico.
According to the Border Patrol:
OTAY MESA, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents conducting routine patrol operations recently encountered several men suspected of being illegally present in the United States. Four of the men were heavily armed. On October 25, 2022, at approximately 4:50 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling along the international boundary deep in the San Ysidro Mountains encountered four individuals carrying AR-15 style rifles and loaded high-capacity magazines. The event occurred approximately 12.4 miles east of the San Ysidro port of entry and approximately 0.3 miles north of the international border. When agents were seen responding, the men dropped the weapons and fled south toward Mexico. Agents immediately notified the Government of Mexico who responded to assist. The San Diego Sector Border Patrol Tactical Unit, also known as BORTAC, also responded to provide additional security. Once the scene was deemed safe, agents searched the area and recovered four AR-15 style rifles and 17 loaded AR-15 magazines. The weapons, ammunition, and other evidentiary items were seized and transported for processing. At present, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident. A bi-national investigation is underway to identify the armed men. “This type of dangerous activity must not be tolerated,” said San Diego Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke. “When events like this occur, we think of our fallen Border Patrol Agents Bryan Terry, Robert Rosas, and others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to this nation. We think of the migrant victims of armed extortion, robbery or worse. And we think of the dangers to outdoor enthusiasts who frequent the area. It is critical that communities on both sides of the border remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.”
This is not a rare occurrence, it's just a recent one. And it's more of a cautionary tale of about the threat we face from smugglers and traffickers on the southern border.
Many of the stories we see about these traffickers show their violence directed mainly at law enforcement officers and equipment.
The lucrative business of smuggling drugs and trafficking humans means criminals will use extraordinary and violent means to protect their operations. Not only is this violence directed at human cargo to keep them in line and to extort money, but it then threatens us with:
Being caught in shootouts between competing cartel members and/or law enforcement;
Even when we work hard to avoid potential violence in our environment, we can get caught up in the circumstances that have nothing to do with our actions. In other words, violence can find us even though we are not looking for it.
We are currently facing more violence from more directions than we have in decades.
Determine your self defense mission now. And train like your life depends on it.