Stop, Jon Hammar Time

You gotta hand it to Marine Jon Hammar, he hung tough. While incarcerated in a hellish Mexican jail, he read the bible and The Last Stand of Fox Company to keep his spirits up.

And he (quite forgivingly) went on Fox News and retold his story of the experience: I think I did all right, because I’m alive right now. 

And he bears no bitterness to the country of Mexico over his incarceration. I think Mexico’s a great place. I really wish everywhere could get its act together. . .

American Marine, Jon Hammar, Shackled in a Mexican Prison

Jon Hammar is still in a Mexican jail. Shackled to a bed. And the Matamoros state prison in Tamaulipas is just over the border. Who is up for jail breaking him?

 The recently released picture makes my blood boil. This isn’t going to end well for Mexico.

Get Jon Hammar Out of Jail!

A Marine (an Iraq and Afghanistan vet) named Jon Hammar is locked in a Matamoros prison in Mexico. His crime was transporting a shotgun the American authorities okayed:

Jon Hammar in a Matamoros prison.

As a U.S. Marine, Jon Hammar endured nightmarish tension patrolling the war-ravaged streets of Iraq’s Fallujah. When he came home, the brutality of war still pinging around his brain, mental peace proved elusive.

Surfing provided the only respite.

“The only time Hammar is not losing his mind is when he’s on the water,” said a fellow Marine veteran, Ian McDonough.

Hammar and McDonough devised a plan: They’d buy a used motor home, load on the surfboards and drive from the Miami area to Costa Rica to find “someplace to be left alone, someplace far off the grid,” McDonough said.

They made it to only the Mexican border. Hammar is in a Matamoros prison, where he spends much of his time chained to a bed and facing death threats from gangsters. He’s off the grid, for sure, in walking distance of the U.S. border. But it’s more of a black hole than a place to heal a troubled soul.

The reason might seem ludicrous. Hammar took a six-decade-old shotgun into Mexico. The .410 bore Sears & Roebuck shotgun once belonged to his great-grandfather. The firearm had been handed down through the generations, and it had become almost a part of Hammar, suitable for shooting birds and rabbits.

This is political. The Mexican government trying to get theirs.