An Unarmed People in the Socialist Dictatorship of Venezuela
Venezuela has become increasingly totalitarian under Nicolas Maduro and the country under his rule faces mass hunger, starvation and a lack of medical supplies. The cherry on top of the disastrous socialist dictatorship is the inability for the people to defend themselves and take back their country, thanks to a 2013 gun-control law disarming all citizens.
“Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Javier Vanegas, 28, a Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, told Fox News. “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.”
Under the direction of then-President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan National Assembly in 2012 enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law,” with the explicit aim to “disarm all citizens.” The law took effect in 2013, with only minimal pushback from some pro-democracy opposition figures, banned the legal commercial sale of guns and munitions to all – except government entities.
Chavez initially ran a months-long amnesty program encouraging Venezuelans to trade their arms for electrical goods. That year, there were only 37 recorded voluntary gun surrenders, while the majority of seizures – more than 12,500 – were by force.
In 2014, with Nicolás Maduro at the helm following Chavez’s death but carrying through his socialist “Chavista” policies, the government invested more than $47 million enforcing the gun ban – which has since included grandiose displays of public weapons demolitions in the town square.
The punishment for illicit carrying or selling a weapon now is 20 years behind bars.
The people of Venezuela never thought that they would need to defend themselves against their own government, and now they are struggling to stand up against an armed dictatorship. Let this be a reminder of why we must preserve the Second Amendment — “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 country. Will America ever end up like Venezuela? Unlikely, but let’s never assume that it wouldn’t. That’s what our Founding Fathers intended when the thirteen colonies took up arms and demanded independence from Great Britain. Remember, we wouldn’t be the free nation we are today without these pro-gun, patriots.