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The Good News Is 17 Mexicans Were Gunned Down Because of Drugs, Not Sexuality?

Some 122 bullet casings were found at the scene of a party in Torreon, in norther Mexico, organized on Facebook by a gay group, but authorities say it’s drug trafficking, and not sexuality, that’s at the heart of the slayings.

When even Mexican police are afraid of drug lords, civilians don’t stand a chance. The LAT writes:

The announcement went out on Facebook, an open invitation summoning revelers to a birthday party at the Italia Inn in the northern Mexican city of Torreon. But early Sunday, as musicians serenaded amid food, drink and dancing, gunmen burst into the party, blocked the exits and, saying not a word, opened fire, killing 17 men and women and injuring a similar number. It was one of the highest single-incident death tolls since the beginning of Mexico’s raging drug war, which has claimed nearly 25,000 lives from the time that President Felipe Calderon launched a military-led offensive against powerful narcotics cartels in December 2006.

On the plus side, that means the free honeymoon Mexico is offering to Argentina’s first married gays should still be a go?