The U.S. Department of State has produced a new warning statement for American travelers interested in visiting Mexico. “U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery in various Mexican states,” the report explains.
Replacing a previous advisory issued in December 2016, this report states, “Gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have taken place on streets and in public places during broad daylight.” It includes a state-by-state assessment of safety conditions for travelers.
We have previously reported that Mexican real estate developers are increasingly taking security into their own hands as more murders have occurred near tourist destinations. The highly restrictive gun control implemented by authorities shows no signs of impacting the epidemic of violence that plagues Mexico—although it certainly removes the ability of ordinary law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.