After talks of peace between pro-government loyalists and opposition groups broke down in December, Venezuela has descended into chaos. Food and medicine shortages, a collapse of their currency, and an encroaching police state by a failing regime have caused a state of turmoil that seems impossible to quell. However, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro may have just found his answer — slaughter the resistance.

Over the past few weeks, millions of Venezuelans have taken to the streets in a mega-protest against, what they call, the Maduro dictatorship. These protestors have been met with heavy backlash from Maduro. Earlier this month, Maduro used helicopters to drop tear gas on protesters, and clashes with police have left dozens dead.

Because the protesters outnumber the police, Maduro has come up with a unique way to battle his problem with dissent — kill them. Last week, Maduro announced that he will be arming as many as 400,000 civilians loyal to the regime.

As FOX News reports:


Speaking to thousands of militia members dressed in beige uniforms gathered in front of the presidential palace, Maduro said that vision remains relevant as Venezuela continues to face “imperialist aggression.”

“A gun for every militiaman!” he cried.

What will be particularly effective about Maduro’s plan to arm his loyal citizens is the fact that the other citizens have all been disarmed.

In 2012, using the guise of civilian violence and the government’s promise to keep its citizens safe, Venezuela banned the private ownership of guns. All law abiding citizens quickly followed the rules and turned in their weapons. However, as was predicted, the criminals did not turn in their guns and the homicide rate spiked following the ban.

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Venezuela’s homicide rate went from 73 per 100,000 people in 2012 to 82 per 100,000 people in 2015.

Now, it is only the criminals and the government who have guns. The law abiding citizens who want to oust their would-be dictator are now fish in a bucket to the tyrants. And, when there are 400,000 more gun barrels pointing at them from the recently armed loyalists, you can rest assured that their demise — or, at the very least, their silence — is almost guaranteed.

To those who study the evolution of socialist dictatorships, this scenario is all too familiar. A tyrant takes over by duping the citizens into thinking they can provide everything for free. When the tyrant is unable to fulfill those promises and has squandered the nation’s resources, the people become angry — but not before they are disarmed.

When the unarmed people rise up, they demand the tyrant leave. Now, however, the socialist tyrant can easily refuse as he’s the only one with guns.

It’s because situations, like the one currently unfolding in Venezuela, have played out numerous times throughout history, that the founders of America chose to put the 2nd Amendment in the Constitution.

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.

The 2nd Amendment wasn’t put into place so Ted Nugent could piss off liberals in a horrible reality TV series, or so the Duck Dynasty folks could shoot their dinner. It was put there because the ability of a people to defend themselves is the only thing standing in between of freedom and slavery.

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Of course, a society without guns sounds fantastic and, in a perfect utopian world, it would be nice not to need a gun. However, we do not live in utopia.

It’s not about “clinging to the second amendment” or being addicted to firepower. It’s about protecting you and your family and no one having the right to hinder that protection.

As John Locke stated, self-defense is the first law of nature. Each person owns his or her own life and no other person has a right to take that life. Those who would attempt to stop you from defending yourself are attacking the very right from which all other rights are derived — protection of one’s own life.

h/t: shtfplan

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • ivanacardinale

    I can not believe this. Since when Fox News is a credible source? Do you know that the whole article is a lie? Please, knowing of what the US media is capable of, you bounce their lies? Do you know how many people got killed in Venezuela by the “Opposition pacific protesters”? So, the opposition paid 300.000 bolivars to thugs and Colombian paramilitaries to kill over 20 people and the deaths are Maduro’s responsability? Well, this is how the western media presstitutes work in order to prepare an intervention. All the US wars started with a lie. The US doesn’t need a truth. It happened with Irak, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Panama, Chile, etc…. so, this is nothing new. The same CIA’s coup or invasion script… Trump did not discovered Fake News, others did ever

    • vongoh

      So you’re saying that socialist policies did *not* actually destroy the Venezuelan economy? That the mass gun grab never happened? And that Maduro is not a corrupt, tyrannical dictator and parasite on the Venezuelan people?

      Please provide evidence. Thanks …

      • ivanacardinale
        • avelworldcreator

          How about I just ask my ex-wife who left that country over Hugo Chavez and still has family there? You lack the most basic concepts of evidence and accountability.

          • ivanacardinale

            Are you Venezuelan? NO. Do you live in Venezuela? NO. So, if you aren’t there you don’t know, and if her family is supporting the opposition there, then they are the ones lack of the most basic concepts of evidence and accountability. I am Venezuelan, I live and love my country. And precisely I became a journalist because I hate being lied by oligachic media corporations that have been demonizing Chavez and now Maduro because they don’t kneel to Washington like good lackeys do.

          • avelworldcreator

            Again you accuse people and groups of lying without evidence. You spin conspiracy theories without supporting data or argument. And preaching socialism as a general economic model? You’ve lost all credibility right there. Just because you work for a media outlet does not make you a “journalist” in the professional sense of the word. The logical fallacies you’ve inadvertently described yourself committing puts paid to that claim.

          • Steve Rusk

            The US has tampered with and are still tampering with elections, governments, resistance groups, terrorists, etc. all over South and Pan America. Actually the world for that matter it’s not really a secret these days.


      • ivanacardinale
      • ivanacardinale
      • ivanacardinale

        There is plenty of REAL information about Venezuela, that you will never find in the US media corporations because of their interests. Checj telesur, venezuelanaylis, AVN English. El Universal english, caribflame, Mision verdad english, Prensa latina english. Check those sites. Have the other side or the real side of the story. Socialism hasn’t been applied in Venezuela with a 500 years of a capitalist system. Chavez tried to ha a socialist government but he couldn’t. Our rent is oil. Chavez applied social programs in a capitalist system too hard to change. The economic situation in Venezuela is not what it seems. Do you remember what Nixon did to Chile? Well, is the same script. The 80% of the Venezuelan production and distribution is in the hands of the private sector, not the government. The private sector, together with the right-wing lackey Venezuelan opposition did a coup d’ etat to Chavez in 2002, a oil coup in Dec 2002 until Feb 03, the so-called Guarimbas in 2004 (killing chavistas, burning public buildings and blocking roads or highways, always done in middle class areas, not poor areas) etc. The private sector hides or sell to smugglers what they produce so that food and other items do not reach the people and then blame Maduro for the “crisis”, accusing him of being incapable of running a country. There are basic food subsidized by the state. These foods are the most hidden by the private sector. There is something here called Fedecámaras, is the federation od all cameras of commerce. Supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies, belong to Fedecamaras. They are all in the plot to destabilized the country’s economy. The private sector is married with the opposition. They are together in this. But, they are backed and financed by the US government, especially the CFR and the IRI and corporations like ExxonMobil, Conoco, Citibank, etc. None of this you will read it in the US or Westerm media, both orchestrated by Washington. On the other hand, Chavez had an economy with an oil barrel at $100,00 – 140.00, but when Maduro came to office, the oil price went down and down, that reach $20,00 per barrel. Tell me if this does not affect a country’s economy, but still, he managed to face all the expenses and even paid external debt on time. I suggest you to stop believing in what the international media says about Venezuela. If it is written by Reuters, AFP, AP, CNN, Fox, BBC and all the private international media, then is a lie. It is incredible to see how the media works and lies about a country in order to prepare it for intervention or war. The US only need a lie to bombard anyone. Not a truth. History speaks for itself

      • ivanacardinale
        • IceTrey

          There isn’t any evidence of your allegations in that piece.