I'm shocked at the fact that bullets from a cartel shootout in Juarez ended up hitting City Hall yesterday - Shocked that it took so long to happen.
I'm not sure what you people think is going on over there, but it's a war and we're so close to it we might as well be in it. Bullets don't have the ability to choose their targets - the humans who fire them do. When a guy is spraying a block with an AK-47 there's a chance that when unleashing a full auto burst that the gun will "climb" (as they say in the industry) sending rounds higher and higher toward unintended targets. It's also good to remember that when you are within one mile of a bullet leaving the barrel of gun at just under 3,000 feet per second, you're in the kill zone.
I do not know why so many of you didn't realize that our proximity to these gunfights could result in stray bullets finding themselves coming to rest on our side of the border. I guess none of you have ever had a hunter safety class.
Here's a reality check for all of you - a somewhat skilled person with a Remington Model 700 rifle chambered for the common .308 cartridge and a $150 scope can reliable kill the hell out of you from a 1,000 yards away. A highly trained person with a .50 cal can kill the hell out of you at a mile - you'll never even hear the shot that sliced you in half.
When you are living and working within sight of a city teaming with bloodthirsty criminals armed with military issue weapons supplied to them from countries like China and Russia, you're in danger. There's a reason why I stay over a mile away from the border fence in Southern New Mexico when I'm frequently hunting out there. I don't want the recovery of my body to serve as a distraction that allows smugglers to cross the border uninhibited for hours on end.
In other cities along the border in Mexico cartels have had these shootouts where rocket propelled grenades were used. Just think what would happen if one of those were fired errantly from the Juarez strip toward El Paso.
The sad news is that there's nothing we can do. Putting more agents on the border with kevlar baseball gloves is out of the question. You can't stop them from firing over here without inserting our forces into their city. That move is also out of the question as well.
Don't be surprised if these incidents continue -it's just the way Mexico is.