Fox News is reporting that livestock inspectors will be getting armed escorts as they make their annual rounds to certify scales for weighing livestock.
If those inspectors cannot get secure access to the scales, ranchers “can’t do business,” Cowan said, adding the alternative would be to ship cattle to be weighed in less remote areas, resulting in a loss of up to five percent in overall weight.
Calves, which are typically sold in the fall, can reach up to 700 pounds, but “when you load ‘em up, they get agitated, get stressed and lose water weight,” Cowan said. “With ranchers, your payday is once a year, and it’s based on what those calves weigh.” … “Our concern is if we interrupt any [illegal] activity,” Gomez said. “I really care about [the inspectors]. I don’t want anything to happen to them.”
Gomez said the move is a “proactive” approach designed to assuage concerns of inspectors who find themselves in very remote areas without cell service. He now wants armed escorts to accompany them for the foreseeable future.
“We’re pushing for it so that it’s not going to be just this year,” he said. “We’d like to see it until activity settles down a little bit along the border area.”
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Analysis. Iraq? Afghanistan? How about NEW MEXICO!!! When will we finally get the message that we are at WAR with the drug gangs in Mexico?! Wars require that the bad guys get the crap beaten out of them. That requires that we put our highly professional, multi combat tour divisions with their massive artillery and air support up against the cartels and ERADICATE them.
When the Marines first went to Chapultapec the Mexican officer candidates fought against them. I suspect this time the current officer candidates will be on our side. Semper Fi.
Just as an aside, New Mexico is an open carry state. If you are traveling south of Interstate 10, you probably should. Otherwise you just might become “collateral damage”.