Mexican prosecutors said Monday they are investigating claims that a woman who killed two bus drivers last week in this northern border city was seeking revenge for alleged sexual abuse of female passengers.The claims made in an e-mail from the self-styled "bus driver hunter" echoed deeply in Ciudad Juarez, which has a grim history of sexual violence against women aboard buses.A woman wearing a blond wig — or dyed hair — boarded one of the school bus-style vehicles that serve as transport in Ciudad Juarez on Wednesday morning. She approached the driver, took out a pistol, shot him in the head and left the bus. The next day, apparently the same woman did exactly the same thing to another driver on the same route.Over the weekend, media outlets began receiving e-mails from the address "Diana the hunter of bus drivers.""I myself and other women have suffered in silence but we can't stay quiet anymore," the e-mail said. "We were victims of sexual violence by the drivers on the night shift on the routes to the maquilas," a reference to the border assembly plants that employ many residents in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. "I am the instrument of vengeance for several women."The newspaper Diario de Juarez reported that a witness quoted the killer as telling the second victim, "You guys think you're real bad, don't you?" before shooting him.
Vigilantism is not something that should be condoned but this does underscore the point that there is a level of lawlessness in Mexico that has yet to be contained by Mexican authorities. Women in Mexico have been subject to a lot of violence. That is not new. But it is in reality just a symptom of a society that cannot afford to properly dispense justice and provide basic protections for its citizens.
The reason I bring this story up is because it serves as a reminder that allowing guns to cross the border into Mexico under the Fast and Furious program was a uniquely terrible idea. How the FBI thought they could keep control of that operation is beyond comprehension. The idea was astoundingly dumb. And yet the scandal has quietly and slowly disappeared.