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Socialist Venezuelan Leader Steps Up Arming of Supporters After Outlawing, Confiscating Civilian Guns


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#1 Semo

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:42 PM

Socialist Venezuelan Leader Steps Up Arming of Supporters After Outlawing, Confiscating Civilian Guns

 

Maduro plans to arm 400,000 supporters amid protests and unrest

 

BY: Stephen Gutowski Follow @@StephenGutowski


April 19, 2017 5:00 am

The socialist leader of Venezuela announced in a speech to regime loyalists his plan to arm hundreds of thousands of supporters after a years-long campaign to confiscate civilian-owned guns.

 

"A gun for every militiaman!" Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said to uniformed militia members outside the presidential palace, Fox News reported on Tuesday. The Bolivarian militias, created by Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez, already number in the hundreds of thousands and are being used to supplement the regime's armed forces. Maduro is boosting the number of armed supporters in hopes of keeping control over the country from what he labels "imperialist aggression."

 

The arming of Maduro's supporters comes five years after Venezuela's socialist regime outlawed the commercial sale and civilian ownership of firearms. Only the military, police, and groups like security companies can buy guns and only directly from one state-run arms company under the law passed in 2012, according to the BBC. The country recently doubled down on its gun ban through a combination of gun buybacks and confiscations in the summer of 2016.

 

"We are going to bring disarmament and peace," Interior Minister Nestor Reverol told Reuters during one confiscation event.

 

The Venezuelan government justified the gun bans and confiscations by saying they were needed to combat the country's violent crime and murder epidemic. However, statistics reported by the nonprofit Venezuelan Violence Observatory show the murder rate in Venezuela increased from 73 murders per 100,000 inhabitants the year the gun ban was instituted to 91.8 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016. Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show the United States murder rate in the most recent year available, 2015, was 5 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.

 

As protests and unrest increase in Venezuela, Maduro's regime has created a landscape where civilians are disarmed but his supporters are not. The latest round of mass demonstrations in the streets of Caracas have already claimed five lives. Experts said the current protests are more widespread than in the past, and the country may be at a breaking point.

 

"Ongoing opposition protests are generating strong turnouts and spilling over into typical Chavista strongholds, suggesting that social dynamics may be drawing closer to a tipping point," Eurasia Group analyst Risa Grais-Targow told ABC News.

 

"The excessive ambition of [our] enemies threatens the peace and stability by carrying out a criminal agenda loaded with hate that includes terrorist acts, disturbances, looting, vandalism, different forms of violence against innocent people and public health facilities," Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said of the unrest, Fox News reported. He went on to say the protests are creating an "anxiety in the public, anarchy and chaos, with the ignoble aim of toppling the democratic government."

 

There are no reports on how Maduro's regime plans to use his newly armed supporters to counter the demonstrations in the future.

 

http://freebeacon.co...-civilian-guns/



#2 Semo

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:43 PM

Get ready for genocide in another socialist country. 



#3 jetlord

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:11 PM

Of course, that could never happen in the USA if the liberals got their way.............could it?


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#4 Semo

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:36 PM

Of course not.

#5 mex

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:02 AM

Of course, that could never happen in the USA if the liberals got their way.............could it?

according to piers morgan,

 

noooooooo.... it would NEVER happen here...



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:24 AM

according to piers morgan,

 

noooooooo.... it would NEVER happen here...

Whew!  Now I feel better.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:25 AM

according to piers morgan,

noooooooo.... it would NEVER happen here...


Well that settles it. Guess I'll turn in my gun now. Job well done folks! We're all safe forever! Huzzah!
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#8 MAUI

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 05:30 AM

If anybody is monitoring.., I don't own any weapons..,


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#9 BroncoStud

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:04 AM

This is why the 2nd Amendment is necessary, this is exactly why.


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#10 xen

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:57 AM

If anybody is monitoring.., I don't own any weapons..,


Oh yeah me too. I definitely do NOT have a big ass gun and it most certainly is NOT a semi automatic. I mean, the gun I definitely do NOT have is most certainly NOT a semi automatic.

#11 Semo

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:40 PM

All I have is a shotgun. No lie.

Joe said it was okay.

#12 West

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:24 PM

Why in the world would I ever want to protect myself and my family from criminals?

 

Preparation and Caution is for losers.

 

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#13 jetlord

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 04:59 PM

Why in the world would I ever want to protect myself and my family from criminals?

 

Preparation and Caution is for losers.

 

w

No need for protection.  Just vote liberal and Big Brother will protect you.  Send in your money and give up your freedoms and all you have to do is conform to the elitists agenda and your worries will be gone.

 

It's amazing how many on this and other boards protest about the threat of gun restrictions and confiscation but still talk about their guns.  Like Maui, I don't own any and probably never will.  Let the record show.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 05:04 PM

They're hunting stray dogs for food:

 

 

https://www.usatoday...geons/84547888/

 

 

 

Bernie's Amerika.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:37 PM

They're hunting stray dogs for food:

 

 

 

Wish they'd hunt in one of my neighbor's back yard.  Stupid dog barks at all hours.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:59 PM

Wish they'd hunt in one of my neighbor's back yard.  Stupid dog barks at all hours.

 

They can have my neighbor's dogs, too.  The dogs wouldn't be so bad if the didn't charge at me, my gf, my dogs, my parents, visitors to my home, kindergarteners, or anyone else they see.  Oh, and my neighbor lets them shit anywhere and NEVER cleans it up.

 

On a totally unrelated subject, does anyone have a firearm I could borrow, in as much as I don't have one.


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 01:52 AM

They can have my neighbor's dogs, too.  The dogs wouldn't be so bad if the didn't charge at me, my gf, my dogs, my parents, visitors to my home, kindergarteners, or anyone else they see.  Oh, and my neighbor lets them shit anywhere and NEVER cleans it up.

 

On a totally unrelated subject, does anyone have a firearm I could borrow, in as much as I don't have one.

I don't have any

 

firearms are bad



#18 xen

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 03:21 AM

I don't have any

firearms are bad

M'kay.
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Posted 22 April 2017 - 12:42 PM

M'kay.

:lol:






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