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.
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.
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.