July 16, 2018

Venezuela Banned Guns. Now Their Murder Rate Is Skyrocketing.

Want an example of how dangerous gun prohibition for citizens can be? Try Venezuela, where since April 2017 at least 163 pro-democracy protesters have been murdered by the Maduro dictatorship.

In 2012, the Venezuelan National Assembly, which was dominated by communists, passed the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law.” The bill was clear that it aimed to “disarm all citizens.” All gun sales were banned except to government entities. If a citizen was caught selling a gun or carrying one, they could get 20 years in prison.

The year preceding Maduro’s disarmament initiative, Caracas recorded a homicide rate of 122 per 100,000 inhabitants, roughly 20 times the global average of 6.2.

So what happened next? The national homicide rate rose from 73 per 100,000 in 2012 to 90 per 100,000 in 2015. In 2014, the Maduro government invested $47 million to create 60 centers for voluntary firearm trade-ins.

Time Magazine reported:

The government says there were almost 18,000 murders in this South American nation last year, giving it a rate of 58 homicides per 100,000 – compared to 4 in the United States. The independent Venezuelan Violence Observatory claims there were really almost 28,000 murders. An annual comparative survey classified Caracas as the most homicidal city outside a declared warzone in 2015, with 119 homicides per 100,000. … More than 330 police officers were murdered across Venezuela last year, according to counts by human rights groups.

Human Rights Watch reported that the Venezuelan government used live ammunition against protesters and also rubber bullets and teargas canisters at point-blank range with the intent to kill. In 2017, the dictatorship announced 400,000 “militiamen” would receive weapons.

Source: The Daily Wire

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