Remember, the Police do not have a duty to protect you. Further, their guns are to protect themselves. In these United States it all seems to work out OK.♠ In Mexico not so much.
The Mexican Constitution apparently has an Article (Article 10) on the right to keep and bear arms. Wikipedia is a little confusing on this issue, with two different translations of the Article. As I don't speak or read Spanish I have to rely on the kindness of translators, but here is the link to the Mexican Constitution, which seems to state:
Citizens of the republic may, for their protection, own guns and arms in their homes. Only arms sanctioned by the Army may be owned, and federal law will state the manner in which they can be used (Firearms are prohibited from importation into the Republic without proper licensing and documentation. Foreigners may not pass the border with unlicensed firearms; the commission of such act is a felony, punishable by prison term.).Here is the quote from the Wikipedia article on gun ownership in Mexico:
The inhabitants of the United Mexican States have a right to arms in their homes, for security and legitimate defense, with the exception of arms prohibited by federal law and those reserved for the exclusive use of the Army, Navy, Air Force and National Guard. Federal law will determine the cases, conditions, requirements, and places in which the carrying of arms will be authorized to the inhabitants.Notwithstanding this right, gun ownership in Mexico is limited, due to the legal impediments to gun ownership. It ends up the usual thing, the criminals have the guns—and those guns are not all (or mostly) coming from the US.
This from Mr Robert Farago andThe Truth About Guns. Mr Farago refers to an AP Article in the Denver Post with this quote from a Mexican State Police Chief:
Ramon Almonte, the Guerrero state police chief, said on Monday he will ask the federal congress to make it easier for common citizens to get permits for weapons to defend themselves.The drug violence in Mexico is out of control. When thousands are being shot and killed each year, when individuals are being tortured as a warning to others, there is an indication that the old methods are not working.  It is time to try something new, or maybe something older. Maybe even give full run to the Constitution.
Almonte's brother was killed on Jan. 1 in a rural town in Guerrero by unidentified gunmen. The state has been plagued by such executions.
"When you fight someone and at least you have a 'piece,' the person who is attacking you might think twice," Almonte said. "We cannot go on the way we are."
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Well, except in Arizona, where a SWAT raid on some home resulted in a guy getting shot 60 times. That is bad Police interaction with a citizen.