Venezuela crushes 2,000 guns in public, plans registry of bullets


#1

Reuters:

Venezuela crushes 2,000 guns in public, plans registry of bullets

Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world’s most crime-ridden countries.
Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the event marked the renewal of efforts to disarm Venezuelans, through a combination of seizures and a voluntary program to swap guns for electrical goods.

Venezuela has the world’s second highest murder rate and the street gangs that plague its poor neighborhoods have become increasingly heavily armed in recent years, at a time when a deep recession has reduced resources available to police.
Gangs often get weapons from the police, either by stealing them or buying them from corrupt officers, experts say.

                      With  inflation of 185 percent in 2015 and a currency collapse, police  salaries have fallen far behind rising prices creating more incentives  for corruption.

President Nicolas Maduro promoted Reverol this month, days after the United States accused the former anti-drugs tsar of taking bribes from cocaine traffickers.
“We are going to bring disarmament and peace,” Reverol told reporters, while police officers drilled and sawed at rusty shotguns, home made pistols and some newer weapons.

Sounds like buy-back programs here in the States – people turn in old or useless guns and keep the good stuff for themselves. And since the article points out that the guns used in crimes all come from the black market no regulations are going to change anything.


#2

Another Socialist government reaching its natural end. Failed policies, financial collapse and now “for the safety of the people we need to disarm you”. Human rights violations to follow shortly…

Nearby Chile is thriving with a market based economy, while oil rich Venezuela can’t find success sitting on a fortune.

For the love of God, I hope Americans who think socialism is a good idea see this.


#3

Now if they could just crush their failed experiment with socialism.


#4

:thumbsup:


#5

They’ll see it and think this is an even better idea.


#6

The tie between Reverol and organized crime is interesting. One of the first major gun control efforts in New York City was actually pushed through by the mafia. One of their main rackets at the time was the extortion of weekly “dues” from shopkeepers, and they needed shopkeepers to be disarmed for that to work well.


#7

Great. Now only the police, the military, and the criminals will have the guns leaving the good citizen at the mercy of all three.


#8

americanrifleman.org/articles/2015/11/19/keefe-report-why-can-t-i-find-22-ammo/

ibtimes.com/obama-gun-salesman-year-firearm-sales-soar-after-gun-control-executive-actions-2255943

Ed


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