Even today the Maya are restricted from carrying guns by Mexican law—and this is JUST a holdover from the Colonial Period. Conquered peoples are ROUTINELY denied the right to Keep and Bear Arms…. The legal records of the Colonial Period are replete with the application even of “Indios Hidalgos”—Maya Noblemen—to keep and own guns for hunting FOR FOOD, never mind for sport. The Maya peasants today are constantly harassed by “Federales” trying to confiscate their guns. I’m ashamed to say that I even know a young woman (VM-R) who works with the Procurador in Mérida, specializing in collaborating with the Policia Judicial (Judicial Police) prosecuting the humble Maya for keeping their old rifles and shotguns out by the cornfields….
And yet there are no school shootings EVER in Mexico—you know why? The Government already controls the Guns and so the Government doesn’t need to stage any disasters—and yet in spite of strict Federal Gun control laws in Mexico—it should be perfectly obvious that the Narcotraficantes, the Zetas, and the Mexican Mafia, have NO problem obtaining weaponry WHATSOEVER….. And they keep on killing by the hundreds if not the thousands…. there MAY or MAY NOT be U.S. and Mexican government complicity in these crimes—but “when guns are outlawed, only outlaws have guns”—and Mexico IS just further proof of the point….
Really and truly, there was no “badge or indicia of slavery” more oppressive to the Maya people than the ban on their right to own guns when Spaniards could carry them (and use them) freely…. both for hunting and, not coincidentally, shooting down rebellious or even just proud and resistant Indians….