The headline above is from British paper the Daily Telegraph, [March 23, 2009] so word is getting around about Mexico's spiraling chaos.
And the cartel thugs are not armed with dinky 9mm handguns from some local store in the US.
"Quite frankly, in Mexico you can't be armed enough," said Mr Bethea. "The dynamic of this combat is approaching the early days of the Iraq war. The cartels' men are well trained, disciplined and are armed with the latest weaponry, including armour-piercing bullets, rocket-launchers and grenades."