We hope the recent gun-toting incident involving the Mexican consul based in Calexico was a learning experience for all involved.
We hope it particularly was a learning experience for the new local Mexican consul, Alfredo Benitez Hernandez, who was walking around an El Centro apartment complex carrying a BB/pellet rifle, apparently intent on shooting at pigeons on the complex's roof that were bothering him. Someone was frightened by that sight and called police.
In this great land we just don't go around shooting things in incorporated areas of this country, particularly living things, and we hope Benitez, if he is new to the country, learned things don't work that way here.
His excuse that he had shot at pigeons at home in Mexico was a flimsy one. He should know our country's laws better than that if he is assigned here as consul. And the truth is Mexico's gun laws are much stricter than ours. (And if he doesn't speak English, as he told the police officers investigating the case, he needs to learn it quickly if he is going to work effectively in this country.)