Back when I was in the Navy, we made a port call in Acapulco. Yeah..... That was fun.
Anyway... Some of my buddies and I hired a cab driver for the day to take us around. As we were passing by a bank, we all started staring. It was surrounded by dozens of guards w/ assault rifles and had a frickin' sandbagged machine gun nest on the roof. Asking our driver what the deal was, he replied "Banditos. Today is payday".
Later during the visit, my buddies and I decided we needed some more cash to waste so went and found an ATM. There was an armed guard outside (again w/ an assault rifle). As we took turns getting our money, I saw the guard was looking at us and talking on a radio. "Crap" I thought. "We're going to die". Instead, when we left the building, about every 30' or so was ANOTHER guard that had shown up to make sure we got away w/ our money and DIDN'T get robbed and killed before we could dump it into the local economy.
This was near 20 years ago, before things got REALLY bad.
When I start seeing machinegun nests at the local bank and Blackwater teams around ATM's, THEN I'll start taking Anti's claims of 'spiraling gun violence' seriously. I have no plan, however, to let myself be as vulnerable as the Mexican people though.