Venezuelans are helpless against their brutal socialist government because of a 6-year-old gun control bill that banned the sale of firearms.
In 2012, the Venezuelan National Assembly enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law,” under then-President Hugo Chavez, according to Fox News.
The anti-gun law, which went through with only minimal opposition, banned the sale of guns and private gun ownership, according to a BBC report from the time. After the law was enacted, only the government was allowed to purchase guns.
The government didn’t hesitate in confiscating weapons. Over 12,500 guns were confiscated by force in 2013 alone, according to Fox News.
Now, Venezuelans are unable to protect their freedoms in the face of a socialist dictatorship.
A Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, Javier Vanegas, told Fox News that an armed population could have deterred the dictatorship early on.
“Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Vanegas said.
That’s a fact often overlooked by the left. Guns are great for self-defense, but they’re also great for defending freedom against dictatorships. There’s a reason the Founding Fathers made sure the right to bear arms was embedded in the Constitution. And there’s a reason dictators like to confiscate weapons.
Liberals, in their eternal yearning to be mollycoddled children of Big Government, chronically shy away from this fundamental Second Amendment truth: pic.twitter.com/So12rawhqz
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“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,” Vanegas added.
Vanegas said his countrymen never thought that they’d have to defend themselves against their own government.
“Venezuelans didn’t care enough about it. The idea of having the means to protect your home was seen as only needed out in the fields. People never would have believed they needed to defend themselves against the government,” Vanegas said.
Venezuela’s socialist government wasn’t the only entity to benefit from the gun ban. Gangs of criminals have also taken advantage of the gun grab, causing the country’s violent crime rate to explode.
In 2015, nearly 28,00 people were murdered, compared to just under 10,000 people in 2012, according to Fox News.
Guns allow citizens to fight back against criminals, corrupt governments, and land invasions. Without guns, citizens are helpless against all three.
Americans should pay attention to what’s happening in Venezuela.
If leftists get their way on guns here, this could be a reality in our country as well.
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