‘Americans should hold on to their guns’: Bride-to-be whose family was killed in massacre days before her wedding advocates for carrying weapons because she says defenseless Mexicans can’t fight back against cartels

A relative of the Mormon family slaughtered in Mexico just days before her wedding has advocated for carrying guns because she says defenseless Mexicans can’t fight back against cartel gunmen.

Kendra Miller, whose sister-in-law was among the nine LeBaron family members gunned down in Sonora state on Monday, claims her family was specifically targeted to wage a war between rival cartels.

Three mothers and six children, aged between six months and 12 years, were killed in the cartel ambush after leaving their La Mora religious community, which is a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of the Mormon church.

Speaking from her home in La Mora, where she is due to get married next week, Miller told CNN that her family constantly face threats from the cartels.

Miller brought up the issue of gun control and urged Americans to fight against any bans on weapons.

‘I don’t know where you’re standing on the whole (idea of) trying to take away the guns in America right now, but I say fight for those guns,’ she said.

‘These things are happening here in Mexico because people can’t protect themselves because by law they’re not allowed to own these guns.

‘So since the government isn’t doing their job of protection in the way that they should, these cartels can just wreak havoc and the people are left defenseless.

‘So I say hold onto your guns, people.’

She said the issue of safety doesn’t just effect her family and is part of a country-wide problem.

‘What’s happening here is the Mexican people are being oppressed. They’re being abused by these cartels, living in fear for their life,’ Miller said.

‘We can’t drive public roads safely. We’re being threatened that we can’t even take some of the public roads or else we’ll have bad things happen to us.

‘So many people are not protected the way that they should be.’