An exiled teacher from Venezuela, now living in Equador, was quoted by Fox News Friday lamenting the fact that his countrymen had allowed themselves to be disarmed so they could not fight the oppressive socialist government created by Hugo Chavez and now run by Nicolas Maduro.
According to News.com.au, the nation’s economy is in such bad shape that Venezuelan currency is worthless, and fired workers are not being compensated.
But teacher Javier Vanegas, a 28-year-old English teacher, reportedly told Fox News, “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.”
And now there are some people in the United States who are clamoring for socialism here.
Perhaps by no small coincidence, anti-gun extremists are proposing all kinds of gun controls now that Democrats have regained control of the U.S. House and strengthened their power along the West Coast states. In Florida, there is an effort to change the state constitution, removing a reference to the right of the people to bear arms, and banning all so-called “assault weapons” that may be on the ballot in 2020.
The U.S. gun prohibition lobby is supported by billionaires, and they have dumped small fortunes into gun control efforts in states including Washington, Maine and Nevada.
The New York Times on Friday ran a story about the “new surge in gun control laws since the Valentine’s Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. The newspaper quoted a report from the Giffords gun prohibition lobbying group that said “more than half of the states passed at least one gun control measure in 2018.”
Contrast that with what Venegas, the exiled teacher, told Fox News: “Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight.”
The Fox News report quoted an unidentified former firearms dealer in Venezuela, who said he can no longer sell “any kind of weaponry,” including a slingshot. Violations of this disarmament effort can be sent to prison for 20 years, the story reported.
House Democrats have been promising that gun control will be high on their agenda in January. Legislation is expected that will mandate so-called “universal background checks” and possible limits on magazine capacities. Rights activists using social media are expressing fears that the Second Amendment may be in peril, even though the Senate and White House are still under GOP control, and President Donald Trump has been appointing conservative judges to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court and lower federal courts.
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