Skip to comments.Venezuela bans civilians from private gun ownership
Posted on 06/04/2012 8:44:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Venezuela has major crime problems ... we hear a lot about the systemic violence in Mexico, but by at least one count, Venezuela's murder rate is four times higher than that of Mexico's and the highest in all of South America. As such, violent crime is one of the most dominant political issues in the socialist nation, and will factor hugely in their upcoming October elections.
And so, in a typically misguided move to cut down on crime, the government has decided to ban the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition. How and why making it illegal for lawful citizens to own firearms is supposed to make anyone feel more "secure" I'll never comprehend.
Until now, anyone with a gun permit could buy arms from a private company.
Under the new law, only the army, police and certain groups like security companies will be able to buy arms from the state-owned weapons manufacturer and importer.
Besides the health of President Chavez, security is the main concern for voters ahead of presidential elections in October.
While voters don’t seem to hold Mr Chavez responsible for the insecurity, the situation has worsened throughout his 13 years in office.
Hugo Chavez’s government says the ultimate aim is to disarm all civilians, but his opponents say the police and government may not have the capacity or the will to enforce the new law.
Huh. A corruption-riddled dictatorial regime wants to deprive its citizens of the means of popular resistance. (Where, oh where in history have we seen this type of thing before?) I happen to believe that a government should always fear its people, but I can maybe understand why communist totalitarians might not be so into that idea.
And besides, you know — effectually cementing the indomitable power of the national government — this is just another classic case of thoughtless bureaucrats using cheap band-aids to attack the symptoms instead of the disease. More guns means less crime — when will they learn?
Hmmmmm....sounds very, VERY familiar.
"Those el'gunos? They fell off the el'boato."
No doubt, Obama is envious and jealous of Chavez, once again. He’s dreaming of another ten years of US control a-la-Chavez-style, no doubt.
“but by at least one count, Venezuela’s murder rate is four times higher than that of Mexico’s”
I don’t even have to read the article to know “who” did the counting that would make this “necessary” and a “good solution.”
The Left works very hard to destroy real history and also down-play the study of history in this nation. There are obvious reasons for this.
My spanish is a little rusty but...
“Mis armas se cayo’ in el agua durante un accidente del barco.”
I’m surprised Chavez hadn’t taken his nation’s citizens’ guns away already.
When you preach that wealth is by its nature ill-gotten, you open pandora’s box. And the victims will not be the rich, who can afford to provide for their security, but the old lady at the ATM who gets assaulted, or the store-keeper trying to make his drop at the bank. Or the house-wife who gets car-jacked.
Crime was always a problem in Venezuela (where socialism has been the religion for ever) but it has exploded since Chavez declared war on the rich which is how he disguised his war on freedom.
But it will make the ruling class more secure, and that’s what concerns them.
Very, very familiar.
Guess they’ll have no crime there....and no freedom for citizens to protect themselves comes with it.
What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
So Ericka at Hot Gas thinks they did this to cut down on crime? Shouldn’t she be writing for a leftie site?
Well, it sure does ease up the odds on a no-knock entry to whisk away government kidnap that an ‘agent’ will be shot, doesn’t it.
I’m wondering if you read the whole article. It’s fairly short.
And next comes the tyranny. :)
Obama and Eric Holder are jealous!
Who would have thought a Marxist banning weapons.
Reminds me of 0bama's citizen army.
Well Venezuela...you got one last chance to use them.
Aim small, miss small.
I happen to believe that a government should always fear its people, but I can maybe understand why communist totalitarians might not be so into that idea.
How are these a "leftie" view point? I think she has connected the dots.
She assumes they did it to cut down on crime, instead of to control the population.