Heard about it on the radio a couple days back, now HotAir has a piece here:
Venezuela has major crime problems — we hear a lot about the systemic violence in Mexico, but by at least one count, Venezuela’s murder rate is four times higher than that of Mexico’s and the highest in all of South America. As such, violent crime is one of the most dominant political issues in the socialist nation, and will factor hugely in their upcoming October elections.
And so, in a typically misguided move to cut down on crime, the government has decided to ban the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition. How and why making it illegal for lawful citizens to own firearms is supposed to make anyone feel more “secure,” I’ll never comprehend.
Over at Townhall, Helen Cohen has this piece:
Venezuela Bans Private Gun Ownership, China Condemns Gun Rights
On Friday, the Venezuelan government banned all private gun ownership. Gun shops will no longer be allowed to sell firearms or ammunition to private citizens. Police and members of the military will be exempted from the ban. Officials told the Associated Press that the measure is meant to stem violent crime:
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s government banned sales of guns and ammunition Friday with a measure that officials said is aimed at fighting rampant violent crime.
Private gun shops are now prohibited from selling guns under the measure, which had been announced previously.
Only the police and the military will be exempt from the ban on gun sales, Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said.
Critics noted that only a small percentage of guns have recently been sold legally to permit holders and said most gun sales have long been illegal and unregulated.
There’s one problem, though. As a lawyer for Venezuela’s opposition coalition explained, criminals in Venezuela aren’t getting permits for their guns in the first place.
Luis Izquiel, a lawyer who heads a security committee for Venezuela’s opposition coalition, said that while there are about 25,000 gun permits legally registered with the authorities, there are many more weapons on the streets. In 2010, Amnesty International estimated there were a total of 10 million firearms in the country.
“Here criminals don’t use legal firearms,” Izquiel said.
Meanwhile, the noted human rights authorities in China released a report putting Second Amendment rights on the list of human rights violations in America. (ST: Via David Codrea there.)
“The United States prioritizes the right to keep and bear arms over the protection of citizens’ lives and personal security and exercises lax firearm possession control, causing rampant gun ownership,” the report claims. “The U.S. people hold between 35 percent and 50 percent of the world’ s civilian-owned guns, with every 100 people having 90 guns [and] 47 percent of American adults reported that they had a gun.”
Interesting that dictatorial regimes that slaughter millions of their own people and ruthlessly crack down on any democratic uprisings are so often parroted by useful idiot leftists in the US.
Oh, wait, no, it’s not. It just goes to the saying that: “A socialist is just a communist who doesn’t have all the guns yet.”