Honey is a tiny village in the pine forests that cover the high sierra between Hidalgo and Puebla. Last spring there was peace in Honey. Visitors found none of the tight sullenness sometimes evident in villages around Mexico City. The people were relaxed, easygoing, contented.

True, Mayor Herminio Rodríguez still wore a holster on his hip. But he packed no gun. The holster was a good place for carrying a carpenter's rule, a screwdriver, a pair of pliers. Explained Mayor Rodríguez: "Mexico is a law-abiding country now, and it isn't necessary for anybody to carry a gun."

That was last spring....

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