The ongoing crisis in Venezuela, for all its horrors, serves two distinct purposes for the world to see.
For starters, socialism does not work.
The people of Venezuela are hungry. Socialism has stripped store shelves bare, even as President Nicolas Maduro and his loyalists sit fat and happy.
Secondly, Americans are so fortunate to have a Second Amendment that protects the rights of the citizens to bear arms, for the purposes of self-protection, sporting endeavors, or just because we want to. We don’t need a reason.
Venezuela is serving as a model in that respect, as well. We are beginning to see the results of letting the government take away the citizens’ right to bear arms, and the subsequent tyranny that follows, when despots know the people are defenseless.
Five years ago, the Maduro regime began disarming citizens, under the guise of “ending violence.”
Today, only the police, military, and people with security companies are allowed to have weapons.
“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.
So, take the guns from the people, the murder rate actually climbs. And we’ve seen the truth of that in our own nation, as well. Those American cities with the strictest gun laws tend to have the highest violent crime rates.
Why is that?
One explanation may lie in the phrase, “If you outlaw guns, then only outlaws will have guns.” On the other hand, if criminals are afraid they might get shot back, they tend to be a little more hesitant to approach an armed citizen.
However, there is a new wrinkle to the travesty being played out against the citizens of Venezuela.
As the citizens have risen up, taking to the streets to protest the corruption and misrule of Maduro, he has now deemed that the government will reissue weapons to those citizens who support him, a militia to stand against their own people.
“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.”
Or to be more honestly put, those who want to see change for the better in their nation; hose who are hungry, broken, and left desperate by a socialst state that has left them with few options.
Of all the despotic regimes in history, one of the first moves made by those cruel leaders is to disarm their citizens, while speaking of peace and protection.
The part they leave out is that they actually mean protection for themselves, not the citizens.
The United States’ Second Amendment reads:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
In our case, the militia is made up of the citizens, and not just government loyalists.
Pray for Venezuela.