Here's What Happened When Venezuela Gave Up Their Guns - HUGE MISTAKE!
About 6 years ago, under former President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, a law was introduced to disarm all of the nation's citizens.
This would be a decision that the citizens of Venezuela are now regretting.
According to The Blaze,
The "Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law" took effect in 2013 with little opposition, banning the commercial sale of guns to all except government entities, and resulting in more than 12,500 guns being seized by authorities.
Javier Vanegas, an English teacher from Venezuela who is now exiled in Ecuador stated,
“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.
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.”
Fox News reported,
Although the bill was sold to the population as a hardline effort to improve security, and sharply reduce crime, many now point to Venezuela as a case study for how gun prohibition can actually produce the opposite effect.
The violent crime rate, already high, soared. Almost 28,000 people were murdered in 2015 – with the homicide rate becoming the world’s highest. Compare that, according to GunPolicy.org – an international firearms prevention and policy research initiative – to just under 10,000 in 2012, and 6,500 thousand in 2001, the year before Chavez came to power.
The total number of gun deaths in 2013 was estimated to 14,622, having steadily risen from 10,913 in 2002. While comprehensive data now goes unrecorded by the government, in September this year, Amnesty International declared Venezuela had a murder rate “worse than some war zones” – 89 people per 100,000 people - and three times that of its volatile neighbor Brazil.
It's been reported that most of the crime has been from government-backed gangs which are referred to in Spanish as “collectivos”. These "collectivos" are basically mercenaries for the Venezuelan government.
Let this be a lesson to always remember as Americans: we must never relinquish our right to bear arms. You truly never know what is going to happen next, even though we have a good idea now after Germany and Venezuela.