October 2nd, 2010
09:00 PM ET

Armed gang abducts busload of tourists in Mexico

A policeman stands guard in street where Mexican tourists were kidnapped Thursday.

Gunmen have abducted a busload of tourists in Acapulco, Mexico, a spokesman for the Guerrero State attorney general's office told CNN on

The 22 people were captured by an armed gang Friday night. All those aboard the bus were Mexican nationals from the neighboring state of Michoacan.

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  1. Peace72

    Why should America get involved? Do they have oil? do they have gas? wait, wait. They have laborers and we need to make sure the gangs are not killing them... they need to make sure they provide them with a safe pass and stop charging them such high rates for transport into the US. I'll bet if you open the borders wide open and let everyone come in and out as they please the gangs will disappear and they'll focus on policing their country from corruption.

    October 2, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    Heads: we go to hell, Tales: we go to Mexico!

    October 2, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. G

    Hey, I think the US should help out, because I am pretty sure those tourist are from the US. Don't you think

    October 2, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. brian

    Easy solution – legalize drugs. Problem solved. All this violence – in Mexico and on US streets – isn't from drugs themselves. It's from drug prohibition policy. It's amazing that so many people don't understand this. Not surprisingly, the people who don't understand this are also the same people who don't understand basic science.

    October 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Saddlestrum

    It seems every week contains numerous reports of ongoing serious incidents in Mexico such as killings, kidnappings, torture, etc., oftentimes involving innocent Americans and Canadians Yet few people stop and ask themselves how many Americans they are aware of in their circle of aquaintances that continue to take holidays in Mexico, thereby voting with their dollars and tacitly supporting the Mexican economy. It's high time Mr and Mrs Joe Average said, "No, we are NOT going to holiday in Mexico. Instead we'll visit another U.S. state or take a trip to Canada.
    If every American refused to visit Mexico, the abrupt halt of U.S. money would be a wakeup call to the Mexican governmnent to get serious about the drug cartels.
    It seems incomprehensible to condemn the general disregard for human life in Mexico on the one hand, and then holiday there and thereby contradict our horror at the continued spiral into darkness and tragedy.
    I suggest there would be a massive and immediate change in the Mexican government if we all discouraged our fellow citizens from vacationing or visiting Mexico. In case anyone is coming back with a retort like, "where we go is safe. Or, our area isn't one of the affected cartel states, " just think of the potential for change (for the better) if Americans mounted a movement to avoid all Mexican travel for a minimum of 2 years. I'll wager the Mexican government would move swiftly and decisively to address the violence that causes enormous grief to so many innocent families.
    Think about it. What can you do to bring about change for the better???

    October 3, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
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    October 3, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sam

    All, those captured were in 4 cars from Michoacan, a state well known by its drug lords; I'm wondering if they were really tourists, or if this is a drug-related kidnapping.

    Saddlestrum... Before 2006, Mexico was deemed as a safe country. Now Mexico is getting much more serious about the drug cartels, which is the reason why violence is rampant; because cartels are been attacked. If you really condemn drug-related violence in Mexico and other Latin American countries for that matter, stop inhaling and doing drugs... that would send a much stronger message. Oh, and ask your government to start a real fight against drugs in your own country; just like Mexico and Colombia are doing. Please show us how is it done by eliminating drugs on your soil. We all know it won't happen...

    October 3, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Vicki

      I agree, if the drugs were not being consumed here there would be no reason for the drug lords to be in our neighborhod. This is as much of a problem for the USA as it is for Mexico. We should join forces to fight the war on drugs. The USA should wake up and realize that by protecting our neighbors, we are protecting our country also. This is not just Mexico's problem, it is a problem that will eventually infect the World.

      October 4, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. shadowmark

    USA is the world´s cancer, highest drugs consumer, in arabia killing peoplpe because petroleum, using UN for our evil porpuses, promoting wars in ecuador, venezuela; polluting this beatufil planet and I better stop writing long like the chicken and looser SADDLESTRUM... think about it, we the so called americans...

    October 3, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. some guy

    "Why is the United States called America"

    We are called Americans because that is the most distinctive word in our country's name (The United States of America). It would sound strange to call us "Uniteds" or "States" or "USAians". Same reason people from the former USSR were called "Soviets".

    October 3, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. D_End

    I wish those universal bodies that hit the earth and made the dinosaurs vanished will come again sooner. We will be defending not one country but all countries then.

    October 3, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Deepwater805

    Afghanistan to Mexico: hey vato boys....keep it up muchacho's...cuz you mak'n us look good!

    October 3, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |

    Wow. These comments say alot about the good ol' USA. What a bunch of idiots!! Everybody thinks they have the answer and it seems to be not to help anyone...unless of course it benefits the USA. Good luck when you guys need help because the line up to pitch in will be very short.
    Glad to be CANADIAN.

    October 3, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Deepwater805

      I have to agree with you. I too am glad you're Canukistani. Now stay there where you belong numnutz.

      October 3, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • vonStemwede

      LOL...Canandians are so much like Americans and yet can never define themselves except by saying they're not American.

      October 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ana

    Ohh My God!!! is incredible how people doesn’t read and just assume that they know the problem !!
    First of all, the news says that the tourist's were all Mexicans, not other nationalities.
    No. 2 yes, is a problem that México has, we (i'm Mexican) are not calling any "american", if we needed help we probably call a Colombian to GUIDE us, the Colombian’s had made an amazing job reducing violence in they own country.
    Even if the “americans” came and “helped” us, they could not make a difference, not because they are not good enough, but because is not their problem, they don't understand what is realy happening with the people, violence is always a social problem that it doesn’t eradicate by killing people, we need social action no “legal” violence against “illegal” violence, things doesn’t work like that.
    Plus, every county has violence, is really stupid to think that US is safer and less violent than any country in the world, we can see it in their media, in their foreign interventions, that they are not the best or the worst, they have also made really bad decisions and they have their own social problems to solve.

    October 3, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Dylan

      NOOB don't talk if you don't know what you're talking about. The U.S. is NOT as dangerous as other countries. A busload of tourists abducted? That doesn't happen in America. Cholera outbreaks that kill hundreds? Earthquakes that kill thousands? Tsunamis and tidal waves that kill hundreds of thousands? No, no, and no. Ture, there are murders and other violent crimes, but they are relatively few and far between. What I LOVE about the violence in Mexico is that it has a doubly negative effect. First, there's the initial death, destruction, and chaos, which is tragic. Second, (formerly) popular tourist cities are going to lose millions of dollars due to less spending by the few tourists who are brave enough to visit. Plus, the state goverments are going to lose millions of dollars in tas revenues. You really are shooting yourselves in the foot. 😉

      October 27, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ajm

      i like how "you" randomly put "quotations" in your "reply" ; i dont think ive ever seen anyone put "americans" in quotations "before" like they are made up or "something"

      October 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken in TN

      Not true. There are violent factions in the US who have committed great acts of violence (Oklahoma City bombing, and the gang activity is out of control in some areas). I don't recall how many lost their life in California from the Loma Prietta Earthquake, between the collapsed buildings in San Fransisco and the sandwiched Bay Bridge on the Oakland side... and I recall one a bit earlier than that doing serious damage and loss of life in L.A. Seismologists have been saying for years that, if the fault under NYC gave a significant shake, hundreds of the susceptible buildings could collapse. A Tsunami killed a large amount of people on the Oregon/Washington coast and up in Anchorage. Fires scorch homes almost every other year in SoCal, and there always a few that don't make it to safety. Many died in Katrina, when it hit New Orleans and it took way to long for rescue efforts.
      There is really nothing that can be done about avoiding natural disasters, just about every location on this planet is at risk to some form of natural disaster. We have done well in enforcing building standards to withstand disasters, evacuating people when a disaster in imminent (although Katrina shows there is room for improvement) and responding quickly after the disaster with rescue efforts (again Katrina shows faults). We have the Pacific wired to let us know if those living on the coast need to run for the hills, but if an earthquake happens nearby, there will still be little warning. Tornadoes can happen practically anywhere, but only here do they happen as often or are as powerful. It is quite possible for a massive disaster to strike a heavily populated area and our resources to be stretched to the limit, we have done a lot to warn us prior and get our people to safety, but there are many disasters which still surprise us.
      If a bunch of nutjobs or a gang took over a busload of people, there's not much that can prevent it, but the local, state and federal response be swift and fierce. The best we can do is remain observant, ready to protect ourselves and our loved ones and do our best to make the gangs and violent factions unable to dig in constantly reminding them they are not welcome.

      October 28, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Darkman09

      Hey now, If the US sucks so much then how come your people won't quit coming here?

      October 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • joeNotthePlumber

      That's just too funny. Don't call the Americans, but call the Columbians. Where do you think those great Columbians got their planning and tactics from in dealing with their guerrilla and terrorist problems? USSOF have been working in and continually, CURRENTLY training those Columbian forces. Although I do agree we in the US have our own issues that MUST be resolved. We've had our fair share of nut jobs, just not as often.

      November 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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      November 3, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Name*

    I hope one of these days one of your family members is in Mexico and kidnapped and then maybe you will want the good ol U.S.A. to get involved.

    October 3, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. ricardl

    Solve the Mex problem. Legalize pot, Let all the poor out of prisons serving terms for minor drug violations. Go after the rich wall street and corporate drug users and the problem just may go away. The system now is not working

    October 3, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • BDB

      If you really believe this, then you're pretty clueless.

      October 29, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • liv17

      btw... mexico has legalized personal amounts of all drugs in 2009. I do agree with your point that prohibition doesn't work. It didn't work with alcohol and it is not working now with drugs. People who do drugs will continue to get them no matter the laws... its a pointless battle.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
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