Venezuelans regret gun ban

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  1. RedDawnTheMusical

    RedDawnTheMusical Well-Known Member

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    https://www.foxnews.com/world/venez...-prohibition-we-could-have-defended-ourselves

    Amazing that people only seem to learn after they make a mistake.
     

  2. moe mensale

    moe mensale Well-Known Member

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    How many times has George Santayana been proven right?
    I hope we have long memories.
     
  3. Nemo

    Nemo Man of Myth and Legend

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    Oh, thats right, they don't have one and the govt there has been confiscating firearms.

    But they understand.

    Nemo


    https://www.foxnews.com/world/venezuelans-regret-gun-prohibition-we-could-have-defended-ourselves

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    Venezuelans regret gun ban, 'a declaration of war against an unarmed population'

    CUCUTA, Venezuela/Colombia border – As Venezuela continues to crumble under the socialist dictatorship of President Nicolas Maduro, some are expressing words of warning – and resentment – against a six-year-old gun control bill that stripped citizens of their weapons.

    “Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Javier Vanegas, 28, a Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, told Fox News. “The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force. Once things were this bad, it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.”

    Under the direction of then-President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan National Assembly in 2012 enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law,” with the explicit aim to “disarm all citizens.” The law took effect in 2013, with only minimal pushback from some pro-democracy opposition figures, banned the legal commercial sale of guns and munitions to all - except government entities.

    Chavez initially ran a months-long amnesty program encouraging Venezuelans to trade their arms for electrical goods. That year, there were only 37 recorded voluntary gun surrenders, while the majority of seizures - more than 12,500 – were by force.
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  4. Malum Prohibitum

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    The violent crime rate, already high, soared. Almost 28,000 people were murdered in 2015 – with the homicide rate becoming the world’s highest. Compare that, according to GunPolicy.org – an international firearms prevention and policy research initiative – to just under 10,000 in 2012, and 6,500 thousand in 2001, the year before Chavez came to power.

    The total number of gun deaths in 2013 was estimated to 14,622, having steadily risen from 10,913 in 2002. While comprehensive data now goes unrecorded by the government, in September this year, Amnesty International declared Venezuela had a murder rate “worse than some war zones” – 89 people per 100,000 people - and three times that of its volatile neighbor Brazil.
     
  5. Malum Prohibitum

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    Much of the crime has been attributed by analysts to government-backed gangs – referred to in Spanish as “collectivos” – who were deliberately put in place by the government.

    “They were set up by the government to act as proxies and exert community control. They're the guys on the motorcycles in the poor neighborhoods, who killed any protesters,” said Vanessa Neumann, the Venezuelan-American president and founder of Asymmetrica, a Washington, D.C.-based political risk research and consulting firm. “The gun reform policy of the government was about social control. As the citizenry got more desperate and hungry and angry with the political situation, they did not want them to be able to defend themselves. It was not about security; it was about a monopoly on violence and social control.”
     
  6. Nemo

    Nemo Man of Myth and Legend

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  7. Phil1979

    Phil1979 Member Georgia Carry

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    Do you all think they want us to send them some guns? Should we? Would they use them to fight for real freedom, or just to go back to socialism-lite?

    They haven't proved themselves to be that smart so far, in getting themselves into this mess. Should they just lie in the bed they made?
     
  8. moe mensale

    moe mensale Well-Known Member

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    We don't need to keep being the world's policeman. Let them work out their own problems. Our past meddlings around the world have cost us enough money and bodies and the return on investment wasn't worth it. It never is.