This is why the left wants your guns. This is why they are obsessed with gun control and cite crime statistics and accidental deaths of children. It’s not because they care about preventing deaths. It’s because whoever has the guns retains the power.
In Venezuela, the people are getting a first hand look at socialism/communism. They are dirt poor, their infrastructure is destroyed, they have no industry, and ultimately, no lives worth living. And now, when they take to the streets to rebel, they find themselves outgunned by their opposition.
Via The Washington Free Beacon:
The socialist leader of Venezuela announced in a speech to regime loyalists his plan to arm hundreds of thousands of supporters after a years-long campaign to confiscate civilian-owned guns.
“A gun for every militiaman!” Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said to uniformed militia members outside the presidential palace, Fox News reported on Tuesday. The Bolivarian militias, created by Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, already number in the hundreds of thousands and are being used to supplement the regime’s armed forces. Maduro is boosting the number of armed supporters in hopes of keeping control over the country from what he labels “imperialist aggression.”
The arming of Maduro’s supporters comes five years after Venezuela’s socialist regime outlawed the commercial sale and civilian ownership of firearms. Only the military, police, and groups like security companies can buy guns and only directly from one state-run arms company under the law passed in 2012, according to the BBC. The country recently doubled down on its gun ban through a combination of gun buybacks and confiscations in the summer of 2016.
“We are going to bring disarmament and peace,” Interior Minister Nestor Reverol told Reuters during one confiscation event.
The Venezuelan government justified the gun bans and confiscations by saying they were needed to combat the country’s violent crime and murder epidemic. However, statistics reported by the nonprofit Venezuelan Violence Observatory show the murder rate in Venezuela increased from 73 murders per 100,000 inhabitants the year the gun ban was instituted to 91.8 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016. Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show the United States murder rate in the most recent year available, 2015, was 5 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.
Gun control has one aim; it’s purpose is to ensure the power of the ruling class remains.
Visit any totalitarian nation and the first thing you’ll notice before the poverty and misery is a well armed military and a populace without arms.
The next time your liberal friend talks to you about gun control, remind them about the oppressed people of Venezuela.