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Venezuelans Offer Chilling Warning to Every American

A once-prosperous nation is crumbling, leaving its people to fend off lawlessness, hunger and despair. As the government and infrastructure collapse, desperate citizens fear for their safety — but they’re left defenseless after having their guns seized by corrupt officials.

No, it’s not the plot to a postapocalyptic survival novel. It’s happening right now in Venezuela, and victims of the South American country’s crippling socialism are now sounding an alarm about the right to keep and bear arms.

“Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” lamented Javier Vanegas, a young teacher who fled Venezuela as the situation became dire.

Speaking to Fox News, Vanegas confirmed what conservatives have been saying for years: There’s a shockingly thin line between a government that protects its people and one that turns on them. Without the ability to defend themselves, citizens can find themselves in the middle of horrors.

“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 continued.

He was talking about a gun control bill that passed in Venezuela about six years ago. The measure confiscated weapons from the hands of law-abiding citizens.

At the time, almost nobody in the country said anything. Now, as socialism has crumbled into anarchy, Venezuelans like Vanegas are realizing that allowing the government to take their arms was a tragic mistake.

“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,’” explained Fox News.

“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,” the news outlet continued.

It’s the classic scenario that pro-gun voices in America have alluded to for decades. Gun control, no matter how well-meaning, never eliminates guns. What it does is strip the ability of good citizens to defend themselves while ensuring that only government forces and criminals are armed.

The result, as history has repeatedly shown, is usually deadly chaos.

“Since April 2017, almost 200 pro-democracy protesters in Venezuela — armed mostly with stones — were shot dead by government forces in brutal retaliation to their call to end the oppressive socialist regime,” Fox reported. “The once oil-wealthy nation has continued its downward spiral into financial ruin, extreme violence, and mass human rights violations.”

Violent crime is rampant. Venezuela now has among the highest homicide rates in the world, with at least 90 murders per 100,000 residents. In the gun-owning United States? The homicide rate here is just 4.9 per 100,000, with many of those crimes happening in large, liberal-run cities.

Would an armed citizenry have prevented Venezuela from slipping into the hellish conditions it now faces? It’s impossible to know for certain, but citizens like Vanegas believe that the outcome could have been very different.

“If guns had been a stronger part of our culture, if there had been a sense of duty for one to protect their individual rights, and as a show of force against a government power — and had legal carry been a common thing — it would have made a huge difference,” the exiled teacher said.

A core part of the problem is that Venezuelans simply assumed that their government would protect and take care of them. They couldn’t have been more wrong.

“Venezuelans evolved to always hope that our government would be non-tyrannical, non-violator of human rights, and would always have a good enough control of criminality,” Vanegas explained.

“The people of Venezuela should have rights for gun carrying because there is just too much crime and people should have the right to defend themselves because the justice system is not working,” echoed Maribel Arias, a Venezuelan law student who, like Vanegas, was forced to flee her country.

Geopolitical experts are now pointing to Venezuela as an example — and a warning — about trusting corrupt governments and giving up the means of self-defense.

“Venezuela shows the deadly peril when citizens are deprived of the means of resisting the depredations of a criminal government,” stated professor David Kopel of Denver University.

“The Venezuelan rulers – like their Cuban masters – apparently viewed citizen possession of arms as a potential danger to a permanent communist monopoly of power,” he said.

World events have shown that “it can’t happen here” is a naive and frequently wrong assumption. Nobody believes that his or her home country will descend into chaos until it happens, often with shocking speed.

The United States can stay secure and prosperous for years — if not centuries — to come, but it must keep a mindful eye on the lessons of history. The Second Amendment is vital in limiting both crime and tyranny — and the next time gun-grabbers scold citizens for owning arms, it would be wise to think of Venezuela.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Bob Hunt

    December 16, 2018 at 12:57 am

    If the ultra liberal Democrats who seem to worship George Soros, his ilk and the Hollywood crowd can finally get their way and disarm us America could be in the same shape as Venezuela! God forbid we ever let that happen!

    • Teresa

      December 16, 2018 at 2:13 am

      You should see California, they have some of the strictest gun laws and yet the crime is rampant and Los Angeles looks like a third world country. The police here are afraid to do anything with criminals and as soon as they get arrested they get back out, it is racist to put them in jail. Here in California you are looking at the next Venezuela,congressman Ted Lieu out of San Francisco said he wants to end free speech. California is not the golden state anymore. It is run by the most liberal and socialist dems in the country.

      • fred

        December 27, 2018 at 4:26 pm

        CHICAGO TOO

      • Tunamister

        December 28, 2018 at 2:05 pm

        ..STOP ASKING QUESTIONS.!!. DO THE RIGHT THING.!!.. SHOOT FIRST.!!.. THAT WAY THEY DON’T GO IN FRONT OF ‘obozos judges’.. soon it will be open season on traitors , Follywood & lgbtqrix- & antifa whatevers.,!! .DON’T GIVE UP UR GUNS..!! LOCK & LOAD

    • Judith Davis

      December 16, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      They will take my gun from my cold dead hand. I am 77 years old and I carry. Some time back someone tried to steal me or my car. He pushed me over in the passenger side kicking and screaming. I pulled my gun out of my purse and said I am going to kill you you son of a bitch. Needless to say he exited my car. I should have just shot him and not warned him. How would I have protected myself without my gun.

    • Robert Vahle

      December 18, 2018 at 4:53 am

      Agreed 100%, the drug cartels will run our country.

    • Tunamister

      December 23, 2018 at 1:23 am

      ..NEVER GIVE UP UR GUNS..!! .. REPEAT IT AGAIN..!!. NEVER GIVE UP UR RIGHTS TO OWN GUNS ..!! NEVER LET AMERICA FALL INTO THE ‘DEMON-RATS – HANDS..!!.. WE WILL BE DOOMED.. LOCK & L0AD.,!!

  2. ROSE

    December 16, 2018 at 1:00 am

    EVERY ONE IN OUR CONGRESS KNOWS THIS TO BE TRUE AND STILL SOME OF THEM STILL WANT OUR GUNS.I;PRAY THEY NEVER EVER GET THEIR WAY ,TAKING GUNS FROM OUR AMEERICANS.DON’T BELIEVE IF THEY EVER GET BRAVER ENOUGH TO TRY,THEY WILL BE SHUT DOWN AND MADE TO BE SORRY

    • Danny

      December 16, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      I hope so but let’s watch and see how the people of NJ deal with the new law on magazine capacity. I say if the state police come to take them they the arm citizens need to retaliate with their arms. They need to use their second amendment right to protect against this unlawful so called law that was just passed. They are looking for ways to make the 2nd amendment null & void. Enough is enough. We must fight back and that time is now.

  3. Curtis Bartley

    December 16, 2018 at 1:15 am

    They will have to kill me but i will take some with me that means anybody.

  4. Diana

    December 16, 2018 at 3:07 am

    Yep that is why our Forefathers wrote the Constitution as Written and these corrupt politicians and millionaires, billionaires, want our guns we need to say No to any Gun Laws our Constitution says we have the right to have and bare arms it doesn’t say we have to register them or have a license, or permits we have a Constitutional Right to have guns with out the government interference and nowadays we all need to carry with out permits cops can’t be everywhere the only ones that should not have a gun is under age and those with drug addiction not those who take medicine those who do illegal drugs and felons they proved they have no sense

  5. Bay0Wulf

    December 16, 2018 at 3:27 am

    As an additional thought process of note, there is the fact that Venezuelan Authorities actually GAVE ARMS to pro-government “citizens” to specifically arm them against “anti government” citizens.
    They actually created THEIR OWN “Bully” Citizen force.

    • Ilse

      January 10, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      That was like when Obama wanted to create his own special forces.

  6. RK

    December 16, 2018 at 4:22 am

    its exactly what every socialist leader has done throughout history
    most famous is hitler but there are a lot more before and after him
    it all starts with a gun registry so the government knows exactly who owns a gun
    then they confiscate them

    isnt that why the US fought the war of independence in 1776?

  7. Earl

    December 16, 2018 at 5:04 am

    desperate citizens fear for their safety — but they’re left defenseless after having their guns seized by corrupt officials.
    Same as Germany in the 1930 and could be the same in AMERICA. Take away the guns from AMERICAN CITIZENS and only bad people will have weapons.

  8. Proud vet

    December 16, 2018 at 6:09 am

    The communist a.k.a. elitist Democrats and the media and they have for some 70 to 80 years, and they been continually chipping away at the Second Amendment the only amendment that is more vital today than ever before in the history of this country and again is the only amendment that says it shall not be infringed however there should be laws that take care of those who were lying in abusing freedom of speech such as the media control by the communist party who puts out lies deceit and propaganda for the purpose of overthrowing the government and its people.

  9. geraldine case

    December 16, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    If our goverment did their jobs, we would be even talking about this. Trump needs to speak with all the countrys that there people are fleeing from. make them shape up. O i forgot. there isn’t any money to be made from that. your president sucks…………

    • Norman

      January 2, 2019 at 5:15 am

      Trump funded his own campaign and donates bis pay. So your slander is unwarranted

  10. Mary B

    December 21, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Send Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Shumer to Venezuela!

    • Tunamister

      December 23, 2018 at 1:27 am

      ..WE NEED TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY FROM ALL DEMON- RAT CONTROL.!! , JUDGES, MAYORS , GOVERNORS , & CROOKED POLICE FORCES..!!!

  11. Michigan Man

    January 11, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    I bet this isn’t covered by the liberal news mediums. Something needs to be done to dispel the rhetoric the Democrats are purveying to depict conservatives and Republicans as the evil people. Americans, wake up before it is beyond recovery.

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