Ah, Venezuela. We hardly knew you.
Scratch that: We knew you were awful before you knew you were awful.
I won’t go into Venezuelan history but you should know a few things about how these poor people. As a quick “Did you know?”, who, despite eating all the zoo animals and the various creatures unlucky enough to be caught in the street, have lost and average 20 pounds.
Perhaps Senator Jerry Nadler would have done better to live there a few years.
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When Hugo Chavez won the election in 1998 – yes, he won a free and fair election – all things seemed to be rosy. He promised free everything, and based on the immense oil wealth of his beloved country, he may have been able to make it work.
The hard and evil lessons of socialism never get through thick Democrat skulls. Socialism never delivers on the promises its cheerleaders make so when things start turning south for seemingly prosperous nations, people start getting angry. And when the people get angry, a panicked government starts passing stupid and more onerous laws.
Venezuela has brought a new gun law into effect which bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition.
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.
The ban is the latest attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime ahead of elections in October
Venezuela saw more than 18,000 murders last year and the capital, Caracas, is thought to be one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America.
‘Must do more’
The government has been running a gun amnesty in the run-up to the introduction of the new law to try to encourage people to give up their illegal arms without fear of consequences.
One member of the public in Caracas told the BBC: “They’re killing people every day. This law is important but they need to do more, they’re not doing enough now.”
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.
Criminal violence is set to be a major issue in presidential elections later in the year.
Campaign group The Venezuela Violence Observatory said last year that violence has risen steadily since Mr. Chavez took office in 1999.
Hugo Chavez died a year later. His successor, Nicolas Maduro, was no different
When only government has the guns, you see what we’re seeing now: Total chaos in a country that could be the shining jewel of freedom and prosperity for South America.
It’s a funny thing about resistance to violence. Most of the time it doesn’t take much to make evil run. The perp in the San Diego synagogue shooting stopped what he was doing because someone – off duty Border Patrol Agent Jonathan Morales and Oscar Stewart — charged him. I say someone because, while one of the charging men had a gun and a badge, he flashed neither as he ran. All it took was resistance to the attack, and the attacker bolted.
Democrats always want to blame the gun but our neighbors to the south are living the truth that all that matters are the values of those holding the guns — which is why in Venezuela, chaos reigns. The people have no guns. If they did, we wouldn’t be witnessing what we’re witnessing.
Democrats love what’s happening in Venezuela. They want to copy what’s happening there and paste it into America – if need be, at the point of a gun. And if there’s no gun pointing back, they will win.
Never let them take your guns.
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