Jon VOLENTEARED to serve his country knowing that death could be the result of his selflessness. In other words he was willing to DIE for you and I (that includes every person in our government). Jon was willing to go to work and take a couple 50 cal shells to his dome (no more head after one 50 cal shell) or drive by a roadside bomb and get obliterated, for us (me, you, and our beloved Barak Obama). Jon and every other vet have my highest level of respect and gratitude for life.
Mexico and the border area is literally a war zone, yet the American government barely acknowledges it. Rather than dealing with the extortion, kidnapping, drug trafficking, people trafficking, raping and murdering going on in our own back yard we’re busy expending our military in the Middle East.
Barack Obama himself should have escorted Jon out of his cell no more than an hour later. That mother f*cker Barack owes Jon his life since he’s the same dude using Jon’s life like a disposable napkin by throwing him in the middle of a bullsh*t war.
Mexico should have no choice if we say we’re coming to get Jon. He did no harm to anything Mexican nor did he intend to. So if Mexiblow wants beef with USA it’s going to work out in their favor? Not! Our country is now infested with illegal Mexicans and we (not me) welcome them with jobs, anchor baby health care, and many other US CITIZEN amenities. When we visit Mexiblow they welcome us with extortion, robbery, rape, kidnapping, and murder. The Mexican government must be laughing there a*s off at us because it’s a f*cking joke. They must think we’re like some soft little p*ssy hole doormat of a country. We treat illegal Mexicans like human beings and in return they treat Americans like worthless garbage. For some f*cked up reason, US government treats illegal Mexicans with more respect than its own citizens. “Oh but they’re such hard workers” blah blah blah….F*ck you!
Ironically, if the Us government put as much effort into securing our borders as they’re using to keep citizens out of their homes and towns post Sandy there would be no problem at the Mexican border. Seriously.
There was a time when citizens were what this country was made of, now we are secondary at best to a higher piece of sh*t agenda.
HEY USA GOVERNMENT, WAKE UP! ONE OF OUR DEAR SOLDIERS (Jon Hammar) IS IN A MEXICAN PRISON ROTTING AWAY MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY. GET HIM OUT NOW, TODAY, THIS HOUR. YOU OWE Jon Hammar AND YOUR COUNTRY BIG TIME YOU F*CKING WORTHLESS CLOWNS!!!
I’m totally ashamed about our government’s actions or lack of them. Unfortunately for US citizens they are totally shameless.
Best wishes to Jon and his family.
USA Gov, you suck a*s.
Ps there is no point expecting civil behavior from a third world government run by ruthless animals.
Ps again, I'm really crankie lately, sorry, funky times right now.
First post. This Marine (surfer) busted down doors in Fallujah, and patrolled the Helmand Province. Reports are he suffers from PTSD, he's a Marine, he was transporting through a hostile area, and geared himself for it.
No sympathy? He doesn't want it from you, but if you live in the U.S., you sleep well because of his kind.
A poster called him stupid. Have you been where he has? If so, call him as you see him, if not, you have neither the knowledge or experience to judge him.
I pray our government brings this warrior home to his parents and the waves he loves so much.
Scorchie.... Sit back and let the people in power take care of you. Don't worry, they have your best interest in mind. They are the all knowing, all seeing, eye in the sky mastermind you need them to be.... until you need them.
Originally Posted by ScorchieLeWave
What world did you grow up in where you don't feel the need to be able to protect yourself or your family? Was it your mommies or maybe your daddies that gave you this false sense of security. You obviously have no value for human life based on your comments whether it be for the 22 kindergarteners, this marine or yourself if you refuse to defend yourself and deny others the right to defend themselves.
You are naive to many things in this world if you think that everything can be solved with a good talking. Many things can be prevented through open communication but when it comes to life and death I want to be at least equal to the guy coming at me, wouldn't you?
Lastly, you've totally derailed this conversation about helping out a young ex-Marine that served our country and shares our passion for surfing and travel. That's the point here. Your tasteless damnation of anything with a trigger hours after so many people lost their lives is a sick and pathetic attempt to try to advance your agenda. Bad timing kid. Mourn for the victims. Pray for the damaged soul that could do this thing. But first get off your soapbox.
Lots of shift talking going on here both ways. Here is my take.
The dude should obviously be a priority for the us gov. Make no mistake about it, our soldiers along with police, fire man, teachers, etc are our real modern day heroes. It's a shame that more is not being done to free this young man.
As far as going to Mexico and needing a gun, that IMO is not a good decision. Nothing good can come out of it. So you get pulled over by pinche ladrones and you are gonna have an ok corral moment? Three things will happen. 1) most likely you end up getting shot. 2 you both shoot each other. 3 you shoot the guy......and then what happens? You go to jail or get shot by the notoriously corrupt Mexican police. All for what? tosave aa few hundred dollars and not lose face?Lose
Lose lose. T He real response to getting robbed in Mexico is to give them whatever they want and move on.....and keep your life.
There are clearly a lot of responses on here from people who have never really traveled in Mexico....and I don't mean the Mayan riviera. Yes, the border is extremely sketchy at the moment but the truth of the matter is the majority of Mexico is very safe....stay out of the five or six major cartel hot spots dont buy drugs and only travel during daylight and you will be fine. How do I know this? I have traveled all over Mexico ...almost every state. Just spent 6weekos there this summer...traveling by local bus the entire wAy. In fact, when you consider the insane amount of armed murder going on in cities like Chicago, l a etc, you realize mex is not any less safe than many parts of the states.
To the people calling the entire country a s hole and berating the Mexican people, well frankly there is no time for that racist bs on this forum. You are ignorant and sound quite short sighted. And cool, please bypass mex nick etc and go to your surf camp in Costa Rica. We don't need you in the waves anyway....it's amazing how many people are afraid to sac up and have a real adventure
Finally, to the guy that is afraid to go anywhere without a gun.....you my friend, need to consider getting some help.
A while ago, I made a similar comment to ukelelesurf's comment about giving them what they want. My life is worth a WHOLE lot more than a surfboard or five hundred dollars cash. But I gather that you, ClemsonSurf, want to match so-called "firepower". What I should say is YOU and the "GOVERNMENT", because that's all the government does, and that's all England does with Northern Ireland, and Israel to the Palestinians. I have nothing against Mexicans (I'm just joking about their smaller stature). The reason I don't carry a gun down in Central America and Mexico is I'm strictly against guns. I have a fundamentally different religion and philosophy than you have. You're for them and I'm against them. You and me are completely incompatible types.
Originally Posted by ukelelesurf
I don't mean to be mean at you ClemsonSurf or to laugh at you, but boy do you say some really stupid things. You just don't understand the world. Sorry, pal, you wouldn't make it into my world.
What you don't realize, is that George Zimmerman and all people in the world of enforcement should have to know who the people are first. But there's no rule like that, and you might think that it's not practical. But it IS practical when people are talented. And I'm a talented person. I doubt you're as talented as I am. You support the people who have the least gift in themselves. The problem with the United States is it's being run by dunces. You might think that the American legal system isn't just stupid.
People on this forum need to stop saying that I'm naive. I'm an unusually experienced person of the world - I've done research and development all over the world. I've been everywhere and done it all. Maybe that's why I'm not scared. Even doug above says the same thing - the US government is doing the wrong thing all the time - how about the kid in New York City who got beaten to death by immigrants. He's right - they don't care who walks in to our country and kills us or takes our jobs away. And they don't ever change any of the laws even though the laws don't work. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, but if it's broke, you need somebody smarter to fix it. You and the US government aren't that somebody smarter - sorry, pal.
The country needs to be completely redone.
Originally Posted by ScorchieLeWave
Scorchie. Lil buddy, I don't think you're as smart as you think you are. This country was based on a set of rules that allow its people to protect themselves from themselves and from an overbearing corrupt government. Without the ability to arm yourself you are a lamb in the woods. How many times in history has a government turned its weapons on its unarmed people? Too many times. What are you, a citizen of your country or a pet of the government? When a group of people turn over their ability to defend themselves they become a pet, a responsibility and sometimes a burden that needs to be eradicated. Gun owners and supporters of the 2nd amendment own and carry firearms to protect themselves from the common criminal and from the possibility of unjust government.
The state of the government today, the current administration and state and local governments are far removed from what this country was drawn up to be based on the constitution. Do yourself a favor and read it once or twice. You may find you agree with it some places
You say you've traveled the world, congratulations. I would like to one day too. Maybe your grasp of the English language isn't where it needs to be to communicate your thoughts clearly enough to express what you really mean. Bad things happen everyday. Some with guns some without. A guy was pushed onto the subway tracks in manhattan last week and cut in half... No weapons involved. A couple years ago my grandma was almost mugged but she was able to pull her .38 special and hold off two young criminals... No one was hurt. I can tear down a house with a hammer and I can build a house with that same hammer. A weapon is a tool, it's all about how you use it.
I have to agree. The government should be there to protect its citizens, and make decisions to benefit them. If the government ever fails in that duty, it is the right of the people to take arms and correct the issue. I may be slightly liberal in the south, but I am smart enough to believe in our constitution rights. I understand their purpose in history and in the present state of the country. As for the poor veteran surfer in Mexico, I feel bad for him. I sure as hell would want a gun if traveling through that ****hole country. I don't see why this is a federal offense. They have cartel pretty much ruling the country and walking around with AKs, yet a foreigner with a shotgun goes straight to jail. Pretty sad.
Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf
Well said sir.
Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf
Here it is in a nutshell, from someone who's worked on both borders for 20+ years, and lived near Mexico almost my entire life:
1) It is illegal for foreigners/tourists to possess or sell any type of firearm or ammunition in Mexico, PERIOD. There is no such thing as a "legal-length shotgun", particularly if you are not a Mexican citizen. Laws concerning firearms for Mexican citizens are extremely strict, and there is only ONE legal place in the entire country that is allowed to sell firearms to Mexican citizens, and it is tightly controlled by the military. That being said, anybody who has traveled into Mexico knows that there is a wide gap between "Mexican Law", and what actually happens down there.
2) A few of the posters here have stated that Mexico is a lawless toilet that our government should not be assisting in any way.
But what if we shut down Mexico completely, and turned them into our "enemy"? What type of enemy do you think they could become, right at our backdoor? My guess is, that they would be ruthless and dangerous. The Mexicans have proven that they will do ANYTHING for a dollar....they hate us already; why should we believe that they wouldn't allow terrorists or weapons of mass destruction through our doorstep for a handful of pesos?
I don't condone our government's relationship with Mexico....I'm only playing the Devil's Advocate. Obviously, Mexico fits the old adage of "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer".
And for those who believe we should just go down there and kick their arses: Don't forget your history. We've already done it once, and look where it got us....exactly where we are today.
I don't believe that we know the whole story about what actually happened with this young man. I find it extremely hard to believe that any U.S. Customs officer, U.S. Immigration officer or Border Patrol Agent told him that it was OK to take ANY type of weapon down there.
My experience has been that with enough money, he will eventually be set free. The Mexicans, both the government as well as criminals, are extremely adept at this. You tell them you have $20, and they will find a way to get $50 out of you. They will hold him until they feel they won't be able to "bleed" him and his family any more, and they will deport him back to the U.S. after a lot of bullschitt fabricated red tape.
End of story.
For being someone with so much experience, you sure don't know the written law:
Originally Posted by kidrock
US citizens are allowed to travel into Mexico with guns as long as they have a permit. There is a specific law forbidding shotguns under 25 inches for civilians.