Thursday, April 20, 2017

Venezuela Dictatorship to Arm Brownshirts

Venezuela is following a predictable pattern of dictators as they feel threatened. They disarm the general population, while allowing or insuring that their loyalists are armed. It is a pattern as old as history. The English did it by disarming the Irish, then the Catholics. Responses to the later disarmament brought about the English Bill of Rights, which served as the base for our Second Amendment.  The British did it again in India, after the mutiny/revolt in 1857.

Hitler did it, building on the base that the Weimar Republic built in the late 1920s.  If you were in the SS or SA, you could buy guns. Jews were forced to surrender their weapons. Only persons of "undoubted reliability" who "demonstrated need" were allowed to obtain "firearms acquisition permits or firearm carry permits". (page 59, translation, Gateway to Tyranny)

The English gun laws in the 20th century were based on the desire to disarm "unreliable" elements, and give the guns to those in support of the ruling government.

Saddam Hussein gave out guns and gun permits to his supporters.

Venezuela enacted stricter and stricter gun controls over the period of the Chavez/Maduro regime.  Venezuela banned the commercial sale of guns and ammunition in 2012. The murder rate in Venezuela has become one of the highest in the world. Police are routinely murdered for their guns.

But making guns illegal for most of the people is only half of the equation. As Venezuela is falling apart, unable to feed its people or to keep crime under some control, the dictator Maduro has decided to arm those he thinks are loyal.  From
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he will expand the number of civilians involved in armed militias, providing guns to as many as 400,000 loyalists.

The announcement came as Maduro's opponents are gearing up for what they pledge will be the largest rally yet to press for elections and a host of other demands Wednesday.

The Bolivarian militias, currently at approximately 100,000, were created by the late Hugo Chavez to assist the armed forces in the defense of his revolution from external and domestic attacks.

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.
Many have noted a glaring inconsistency. There are only about 100,000 Bolivarian militiamen at present. They do not have arms in the pictures. We are to believe that there are another 300,000 "loyal" Venezuelans that the Madura regime is willing to arm? It seems a bit unlikely. Even strongholds of Chavista are showing scenes of discontent with the regime.

I look forward to seeing pictures of those brown ( or is it tan) shirted militiamen walking around the streets of Caracas, armed.

A brutal dictator who disarms his people, and is willing to keep the blood flowing in the streets and concentration camps, can stay in power.

Leftist dictators have demonstrated the ability to do so, again and again.

But today, everyone has digital cameras. Venezuela has shown that it does not have the ability to control the flow of information with the ruthlessness and effectiveness of North Korea. Venezuela does not have a Walter Durante who is willing to lie about the reality of a Soviet enforced famine to a complicit New York Times. That may make a difference.

As an aside, is the left handed salute a Venezuelan innovation? Do other countries use it?

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Anonymous said...

I said in another post a few days ago we would be in south or central American in a few years. may be it will not be few years but much sooner. One thing about south America, there are numerous weapons used for centuries that can be used very well to get an upgraded weapon Blow guns with poison darts to bolos and cross bows. numerous poison plants and animals exist in south and central America. dangerous times ahead.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes publishers print the negative backwards for composition purposes which may explain the left hand salute. I looked for printed words to see if that is the case but not enough detail to read anything. Which side are their names on their uniforms?

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if, out of all those people in that crowd, How many of them have even a grade school level education? Once you cross our southern border the value of an education is not a commodity many spend their money on. It is shocking how many not third world but fourth world countries exist in this hemisphere. deporting all of the illegals that have been educated in this country for free will be major boon to any of those countries south of our border. If they are not murdered by the morons that never got here.

Anonymous said...

The picture of Billy the Kid showed him to be left handed. then after many decades it was the proven fact the original picture was a tin type and any reprints would be perfectly reversed. Billy the Kid was actually right handed the picture was in fact backwards. the same as many videos on U-Tube or those that are uploaded incorrectly are actually reversed. it is easy to tell when this is what has happened because the credits will be backwards and the movie will appear to be running correctly.