State Dept. defends arrest of Marine Veteran being held in Mexico on gun charge

Yesterday this photo of Marine Veteran Jon Hammar (h/t: Daily Mail) who was arrested in August of this year on a gun charge was anonymously sent to Jon’s mother. Basically Hammar was carrying an unloaded antique rifle that happened to be an inch too short by Mexican standards. Our border agents checked it out and told him it was OK to take it into Mexico and had him fill out a form. When he got across the border he gave Mexican officials the form and was subsequently arrested for carrying an illegal weapon into Mexico. He’s been there every since and there’s been no luck in getting him freed.

Fast forward to yesterday when the photo was sent showing him shackled to his bed. The State Department also sent a letter to Jon’s mother who was on Fox and Friends this morning to discuss it. In short, the State Department now appears to be defending Mexico and seems relegated to let whatever happens, happen:

I was able to grab the portion of the letter Fox News posted on the screen that notes that since the photo was released our consulate in Mexico has seen to it that Jon is now unshackled an remains in a safer area of the prison:

For more background on this story, here’s an interview with ABC News:

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  • CO2isGood

    …and yet there citizens run amok here with complete disregard, while our government turns a blind eye.

    We should be withholding any sort of aid we give Mexico, until they release this man.

    …and needless to say we should boycott all travel to Mexico.

    • Sober_Thinking

      Liberal thinking: Maybe if we open up the southern borders and let those poor people come here unhindered, Mexico will like us more.

      Concessions, bribes, caving in…

      • warpmine

        I’ll swap them poor people for liberals any day of the year.

        • Orangeone

          Those poor people are liberals when they illegally cross our border, become part of the gimmecrat party immediately.

          • warpmine

            But what if the “D” party is gone? Without liberals, there isn’t any DemonRat party.
            Chicken before the egg argument.

    • Orangeone

      Not just aid but eliminate the income tax credits given to taxpayers with family in Mexico. Yes our tax money is given to illegals and legals that “claim” the support family in Mexico.

    • kong1967

      I wouldn’t go there if you paid me to go.

  • Betsey_Ross

    Looks like our government is so busy serving themselves that they can’t serve We the People. There is no excuse in the world for this kid to be in jail. Our SOS is such a jerk. She is in up to her eyeballs in contraband rifles and yet this kid is in jail for doing what the US officer told him to do. Apparently she can’t be bothered. I am afraid of this government. They cannot be trusted.

    • 3seven77

      Well you know, Hillary was drunk, fell and hit her head, and she forgot about this guy. Just like she forgot about the guys in Benghazi.

  • Sober_Thinking

    I hope for the best for this young man and pray for him and his family.

    Since our government has decided that it’s okay to let American citizens suffer or die (see Fast and Furious, see Benghazi, see green on blue murders in Afghanistan, see Ft. Hood) and are obliged to do nothing about it, it is now our job to do something about it.

    Send letters to congress, pray, vote these bastards out of office, educate the public, send money to appropriate places, etc. This insanity must end now!

    • Jazzee

      yet our gov offers food stamps and free everything to illegals YET ignore this young man shouldn’t surprise those of us who KNOW who these people are
      where is dopey hillary the smartest woman in the room?????????????oh yeah avoiding Libya …poor thing she is sick LOL LOL LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Orangeone

        She is so ill that her medical records are under seal.

  • I’m just plain disgusted.

  • Orangeone

    “Mexico has stringent weapons laws, and enforces them strictly.” Unsaid: the only exception is when Obama and Holder walk hundreds of assault rifles across the border for the cartels to utilize to murder innocent Mexican citizens and Americans in the US to support the UN Small Arms Treaty.

  • tinlizzieowner

    The State Dept. says “Mexico has stringent weapons laws and enforces them strictly”.
    They have got to be joking. You can buy any kind of weapon you want in Mexico as long as you have the money up front.
    This was a poor, naive, kid, that’s the only reason he’s in jail. Obama could have him out tomorrow, if it suited his (anti-gun) ‘agenda’ but since it serves his purpose for gun regulations, he will let this kid rot there a little while longer before he play hero and gets him released.

    • Orangeone

      I predict release will be days before the 2014 elections

      • tinlizzieowner

        No, it will be sooner than that. It will be when some more information on Fast and Furious or ‘Benghazi-Gate’ leaks out and Valerie Jarrett needs a Friday night press release to divert attention from it.
        😉 😉

        • Orangeone

          Do you have ESP, had you seen this or just great instincts my friend?  And you know it is deeper when CBS is talking because they bury a lot for Barky Boy.

          • tinlizzieowner

            No, I hadn’t seen that and I don’t have ESP. I’m just ‘nuts & bolts’ simple.
            S h i t floats, this is all going to come to the surface. The only thing that was ever in question here is, how fast the Obama ‘machine’ can bury it.
            More is coming out about the Benghazi attack too and it’s shedding a bad light on the State Dept. That’s why Hillary is suddenly ‘ill’, unable to testify and her medical records are sealed.
            😉 😉

            • Orangeone

              It’s the democrap way!  The gov’t has access to everything on us, medical records, marriage and birth records, emails, cell phone records, text messages and yet Barky and Hitlary’s medical records are off limits.  Me wonders…..did Hitlary get that sex reassignment surgery on the taxpayers?

    • 3seven77

      We shouldn’t be surprised if Jon Hammar is used as the poster boy for gun control.

      “See, guns cause all kinds of trouble. Just look at this poor kid jailed in Mexico because of his gun. If he hadn’t had a gun, he wouldn’t be in in this mess.”

      • tinlizzieowner

        That would not surprise me in the slightest. Fast & Furious was designed to cast ‘evil’ gun shop owners in a bad light before we found out that Obama’s machine had their sticky fingerprints all over it.

      • Orangeone

        If Mexico has such a stringent policy on guns, why are Holder and Obama in one of their prisons for walking 2,000 guns across the border leading to over 300 deaths, including children?

  • Dukehoopsfan

    Incredible! This young man joined the Marines, fought over in the sandbox, survived, and returned home honorably. While on a vacation he is imprisoned for carrying an unloaded “varmint” gun in his camper.

    This one is pretty simple. If we had a president with any sense of morality, patriotism, or doing what is best for Americans this could be resolved in 15 minutes with a phone call. Instead this POS (left out the T and U on purpose) is jetting off to Hawaii for a three week vacation.

    Doing the right thing would make him look like a president should look. He obviously does not care what Americans think.

  • MiketheMarine

    If that Marine deserves to be held for what he did then Holder deserves to be hung for what he did. I hate this crap

    • Orangeone

      I say let’s find a way to transport Holder to Mexico with a few never-to-function again AK47s well placed in his vehicle. We’ll just push him across the open border.

      • MiketheMarine

        Or out of a chopper at about 100 feet. WHo knows? He might survive the fall to live in prison.

        • Orangeone

          Union-packed parachute might guarantee he doesn’t 🙂

          • MiketheMarine


        • Nukeman60

          Why does the scene from WKRP in Cincinnati come to mind, where they gave away free, live turkeys from a helicopter on Thanksgiving. Turkeys can fly, can’t they? I’m sure Holder can, too, lol.

          • MiketheMarine

            I remember that episode. Too funny. LOL

          • Rshill7

            We see lots of wild turkeys roosting in trees where we live. They can definitely fly.

            A nice Holder experiment would be which can fly better, he or an anvil. I’d like to apply for a government grant to study that. My hypothesis would be that Holder could fly a tad bit better due to the slightly increased wind resistance created by his ego and flailing arms.

            • Nukeman60

              We see lots of wild turkeys roosting in trees where we live. They can definitely fly‘ – Rs

              True, but farm-raised turkeys have their wings clipped and fall much like that anvil.

              • Orangeone

                I needed that tonight 🙂 Thanks Nuke

          • Orangeone

            Good one Nuke! But the turkeys could fly because they were nonunion, self-sufficient and independent from government strings!

  • 57thunderbird

    There is absolutely no excuse for this hero being held in a Mexican jail.Mexico needs to pay a price for this injustice!

    • Orangeone

      Yes they do and I’ll start the punishment bidding at the return of 1 million illegals. Do I hear any other bids?

  • Maybe we should hold a wealthy Mexican hostage until this Marine is released. That’s about all the Mexicans understand is force.

    • maynardb50

      We already have a lot of wealthy Mexicans in jail here. They are called drug dealers.
      That may be the problem with those crooks in Mexico. They want their guys back.
      People, please don’t spend a dime in Mexico. Screw them.

      • Orangeone

        Don’t ever spend a dime in Mexico or buy anything made in Mexico.

    • Orangeone

      There are many hear investing in US companies.

  • colliemum

    It is an outrage that the same administration who shipped hundreds of arms to Mexican drug cartels blinks away some crocodile tears in this case.
    If US Customs, with whom Mr Hammar had registered this weapon, told him it was ok, why is the government now hiding behind weasel words (“Strict gun laws”)?
    Yeah, I know why …

    I dream of a group of retired Marines getting together and doing an extraction of their comrade, with all guns blazing if necessary.
    Let the government deal with the fall-out!

  • sjmom

    We have an anti American govt running things in DC. May God save us from these people.

  • jleinf

    Hey wait, didn’t our government walk 2000 military grade weapons to mexican drug gangs without the Mexican government’s knowledge? Isn’t that illegal?

  • And yet the Obama Administration holds NO RESPONSIBILITY for telling him it was OK to go down there with the gun in the first place…they need to bring him back home since it was THEIR screw-up that got him put in prison in the first place.

  • Rshill7

    The border agent who told him it would be OK should be swapped for this man. Chain him up for a while.

    A real American President would say, release him in 5 minutes or US missiles start hitting government buildings in Mexico City.

    A real American Congress would have impeached this President by now and Holder would be in Leavenworth awaiting his new roommate, ex-president Obama.

  • Orangeone

    Maybe it’s time to plan his escape…..

    • tinlizzieowner

      Reagan would have sent the Texas National Guard down in a Stryker Armored Personnel Carrier to give him a ride home. Barry would rent a Hippie, 60’s, VW micro-bus with flowers painted all over it and ‘weed’ smoke flowing out of the windows.
      😉 😉

      • Orangeone

        If Reagan was in office, the Mexicans would never have dared to arrest him.  If Barky would send the VW micro-bus, he’d also send his campaign buses too to bring back loads of illegals which our Marine sits on the hood of the micro-bus.

  • Anyone who even thinks about taking any sort of gun into Mexico, regardless what the BP tells them is a fool. EVERYONE living along the Border knows that. It has been that way for many years. Don’t turn this into another FOX Tabloid News campaign. Hammer is no different from anyone else. It’s their country and their laws, no matter what we think. FOX Tabloid News viewers cry about how evil it is when people from Mexico come over and violate our laws. Well, deal with it. Hammer violated their law. The BP agent should have known better. If you don’t like the way Mexicans act in this country, not respecting our laws, then shut up and deal with it.

    They are so strict about this, my attorney’s family walked across the border for a day trip. Their son had a plastic squirt gun that he had managed to take across on the way over. Our attorney was afraid he was going to have an international incident on his hands – and it was a plastic squirt gun.

    The man violated the law there in Mexico. It was stupid for him to even try taking even an antique into the country. Anyone with half a brain knows that.

    The Pink Flamingo

    • Nukeman60

      What part of “he tried to go through proper channels” don’t you get? Maybe he shouldn’t have taken it in the first place, but it’s not like he was smuggling it in. He asked the Border Patrol, he filled out the paperwork, and then he checked with the Mexican authorities. They could have easily said, “No, you can’t do that. Turn around and go back.” They didn’t. They arrested him like some common criminal who was sneaking across, all the while the Mexican government helps their people to illegally cross over into the US.

    • R0nin

      Ah, “everyone know it” and “anyone with have a brain knows that”. Uh huh. You’re really heavy on the logic, aren’t you?

      It couldn’t be that they found the gun in the camper (which was borrowed) and checked it out with the US authorities before crossing over, and were given the go-ahead. It couldn’t be that they weren’t trying to hide anything, and even declared the gun upon entry. It couldn’t be that measuring the barrel of the gun produces different results depending on where it’s measured from, and the Mexican authorities measured it in such a way that Jon could be incarcerated and the weapon seized (both!).

      It couldn’t and this guy is a victim, could it? No, it’s important that we blame him because he must be an idiot not to have known this would happen. Maybe sitting in jail will teach him to know what everyone else already knows.

      It couldn’t be that you’re the stupid one, could it?

  • SunnyJS

    BWAAHHAHAHHAAAA!!! “Mexico has stringent gun laws”. Anyone smell AG Holder and his buddies behind this? Is “Mexicos stringent gun laws” why they thought Fast & Furious could work and they allowed thousands of guns to walk? Some one is making this young man the “example” and I don’t think it’s the Mexican govt by itself. I think is part of AG Holders, “brainwashing” about guns attempt to single out Americans gun owners everywhere they can and make owning/possessing a gun more dangerous than not.

  • Howzah123

    “Mexican President Rebukes U.S. Law at White House: Arizona Immigration Law ‘Is Forcing Our People to Face Discrimination’

    We live in bizarro world and Obama is captain of the sinking ship

  • c4pfan

    I don’t get this country anymore.

  • Typical progressive bullshite. Make our vets suffer everytime you have the opprotunity

  • vinny

    As a former Marine, this disgusts me.

    • nibblesyble

      It is digusting, and thank you for your service!

    • tinlizzieowner

      “Former” Marine, Vinny?

    • TimeForAnarchy

      I didn’t serve (thank you, Vinny) and it disgusts me, too.

  • Nukeman60

    Ok, just when did the most powerful nation in the world become a flunky to a two-bit backwater slum of a country (sorry, all you proud Mexicans, but I’m pi$$ed and your government has made your country what it is, much like our government has made our country what it has become).

    One word from a real president (one that doesn’t party so much, golf so much, and spend so much on himself) would have this man out of jail and back in the US within hours.

    We give all countries aid and those countries return the favor by spitting in our faces. It’s like a banker giving an out-of-work deadbeat a loan and then that deadbeat coming back to the bank to say, “Bite me, I’ll do what I want with the money and you can shove it.” Does the banker say, “Sorry, can I give you more”? Or does he say, “That’s it, you’re cut off. Now get out of my bank”?

    I think it’s time to take action on all countries that desecrate the US. This so-called President isn’t worth the paper he’s printing.

  • When was the last time Obama achieved rational results on anything? He could care less about America and is solely focused on his agenda the entitlement voters. I’m amazed he can still get our military to protect him after stunts like this.

  • Susitna

    When the Mexican Border agents (who work for the Drug Cartel) realized that this guy was a Marine, they immediately “smelled” a trade:money and weapons in exchange for our guy. It is a disgrace that in the letter the Department of State speaks about the Mexican government when we are actually dealing with Los Zetas and the Golf Cartel and they know that. Obama just wants to avoid a scandal because he has been working with the cartel for several years. It is not the first time that the so called Commander in Chief has let down our sons and daughters. He was able to watch Americans being assassinated, so that to watch Hammer sitting in a prison is not a big deal? Where are Obama’s tears???? We need to understand that Muslims and Liberals don’t care about members of our Armed Forces.

  • Oh cripes you’ve got to be freaking kidding me!! BRING HIM HOME NOW!!! I know Florida state rep.Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has been working trying to get his release, but damn, this is SO wrong on so many levels. I hate our government.

    • Orangeone

      Sis, you may hate the actions of certain members of our government but you do like certain members (Trey Gowdy, Allen West, Tim Scott to name a few).

      • Well yes, I should have said there are a few (a precious few!) exceptions!

        • Orangeone

          We all understand sis and have said the same thing.  I have to keep faith in those precious few, and a missed some too like Michele Bachmann, to keep my sanity knowing they will hold the RINO’s in check.

    • tinlizzieowner

      Marco Rubio too.

  • Eric Holder sent 2,000 assault weapons to Mexico – and this guy winds up in jail?

    • Orangeone

      Can we turn Holder and Obama over and have them sentenced to 2,000 times what Hammer is sentenced to and then tack on for the 300+ murders? Oh I am drooling at the thought of seeing those two chained to a bunk.

  • davienne

    and this weekend some fast and furious weapons were found at yet another murder scene

    • Orangeone

      Of yet another famous Mexican.

  • TLaMana

    You hold one of ours because the Border Patrol screwed up then we stop all funds from traveling South and step up deportations until you release him.

  • capelady

    Our State Department is turning its back on this man just as they deserted our Ambassador and former SEALS in Benghazi. It is criminal negligence and it should not be tolerated.

    Perhaps this is a quid pro quo because Mexico was angry with Obama over Fast & Furious and all the deaths that resulted from that failed operation that Obama has yet to answer for.

    We need a State Department that has America’s best interest at heart, and that includes American citizens!!!

    • Orangeone

      “We need a State Department that has America’s best interest at heart, and that includes American citizens!!!”

      We need a federal government that has America’s best interest at heart, and that includes American citizens!!! (minor suggested change)

  • hbnolikeee

    Imagine if we had a president with balls. Imagine that Reagan was president now. He would tell the Mexican government ALL aide stops today and if this Marine is not driven back over the border in 12 hours, we’ll invade your crap hole and turn it into the dung pile it deserves to be.

    • Orangeone

      Imagine if Allen West was President now.

      • tinlizzieowner

        Col. (President) West would have made ‘one’ phone call to the Mexican President, explaining the ‘intricacies’ of ‘politics’ to him. 😉 😉
        And the young Marine would have been dropped off at the border (shot gun and all), months ago. This story would barely have been the blip (it actually was), on the radar.

        • Orangeone

          Oh I love the sound of (President) West!  West/Pirro or West/Gowdy [if he stays strong on immigration] or West/Scott

  • DevastatingLegDrop_22

    … Infuriating. There’s a new outrage every day from the Democrats.

  • tinlizzieowner

    You’ve got to love the Obama administration. Obama’s sock puppet Jay Carney was asked a question (by Fox News, of course), about the government’s efforts to get this Marine released. In his usual Sgt. Schultz manner (‘I know nothing, I see nothing’), he said he didn’t have any information on it.
    Yet, at the top of this topic, there’s a PDF from the government, explaining exactly where the government stands at this time. Obviously, we have a ‘Press Secretary’ who only reads ‘the press’ that suits his masters best interests.
    On O’Reilly tonight, Bill was questioning ‘why’ this kid’s mother had an AR-15? Then, they briefly flashed a picture of a rifle that sure looked like an M-4 to me? If these New York ‘metrosexuals’ are going to discuss ‘gun control’, it would sure be nice if they had a clue what ‘guns’ they were talking about.
    😉 😉

  • I Like Shooting, Too

    According to the letter, multiple arrests are made in similar conditions. If there are other people arrested in the same conditions, the State Department should give all of them the same treatment.

  • kong1967

    This sounds more like the fault of the border agents, who made an innocent mistake (I’m sure). Being that our own government is to blame, you’d think they’d say “our bad, our agents told him the gun was ok….now let him go and we’ll make sure this mistake doesn’t happen again.” Nope.

    Moral of the story? Don’t trust anything the government tells you.

  • guppymanster

    Hillary wasn’t drunk, she has a diplomatic illness and she is consequently ‘cleared.’ Hillary and Obma are both guilty.

  • wmath44

    So, if Eric Holder ever visits Mexico, he will be arrested on gun running charges, right?

  • comedy_bob

    I feel for this young man, imprisoned in a foreign country, for nothing more than breaking their law. The Mexican border agents should have recognized, that as an American, Jon is not subject to any laws, any where, other than ‘Mahrica. Holding him is wrong, because I’m sure that if RORed, he would surely go back for his trial. Riiiigghhht. The american customs agent, working right beside the mexicans told him that it was ok. That man is an idiot. In the words of Steve Martin, ignorance should be an excuse. ” I forgot armed robbery was illegal.” Barretta said it best. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time

  • muslimmustgo

    NEVER,NEVER,NEVER trust this govt under any circumstances! Haven’t they proven enough that they could care less about any,err certain citizens! Lets see I wonder if he was of a different persuasion if that would have made a difference to obama, you know “If I had a son he would look like the kid in the mexican jail” but you could bet your life that if he was one of these politicians kids things would have been totally different!

  • muslimmustgo

    Shithole mexico sends their shit here and we the people end up supporting the shit,and then these scum mexican terrorists treat our military this way!!!?? Look at the label,do whatever you can to boycott anything mexico,ANYTHING!!

  • China Urges Obama To “Exploit” Newtown Massacre For Gun Control!

    well this is sad what a bunch of worthless SOB we have for leaders this has been going on scene august.

  • carvergary

    send our state dept there to take his place. they are all so stupid