By David Codrea
“Venezuela bans private gun ownership,” BBC News reported. “Under the new law, only the army, police and certain groups like security companies will be able to buy arms from the state-owned weapons manufacturer and importer.”
It’s presented, of course, as an “attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime.” But opponents of Marxist strongman Hugo Chávez, at least the ones whose voices can be heard when he’s not shutting down opposition broadcasting stations for “media crimes,” question police “capacity or the will to enforce the new law.”
That’s an understatement. Having seen Chávez temporarily ousted in a 2002 failed coup attempt (he’d participated in a failed one in 1992), many Venezuelans may just want to ignore his “amnesty” threat, hold onto their guns and take their chances that a ruler suffering from progressive cancer won’t be around to see that his political edicts become permanent. And, of course, the violence perpetrators causing all the problems won’t obey “gun control” laws any more than they do laws against being criminals in the first place.
What’s clear, as with human rights-violating tyrants everywhere, is that the real reason behind such measures is to create and maintain a monopoly of violence (see “Rights Watch,” Sept. 2010). And speaking of those, China, of all nations, in a tit-for-tat against criticism from the West, condemned US gun ownership as a human rights violation.
“The United States prioritizes the right to keep and bear arms over the protection of citizens’ lives and personal security and exercises lax firearm possession control, causing rampant gun ownership,” the State Council Information Office declared in a broader criticism titled “Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011.”
“High incidence of gun-related crimes has long ignited complaints of the US people and they stage multiple protests every year, demanding the government strictly control the private possession of arms. The US government, however, fails to pay due attention to this issue,” the Chicoms conclude.
It’s almost laughable, considering the Chinese experience when invading Japanese were able to perpetrate the Rape of Nanking, the genocidal regime of Chairman Mao (who understood that “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”), the massacre at Tiananmen Square, the ongoing brutal occupation of Tibet… not to mention a booming arms business the PRC enjoys as it destabilizes hotspots around the globe to its own advantage.
Yet such a monopoly is what the global gungrabbers and their US counterparts, both savvy domestic enemies and their useful idiot camp followers, are working toward with every demand for new edicts, always presented as “common sense gun laws” and “a good first step.”
It’s never good enough—not satisfied with current efforts toward establishing worldwide enforceable citizen disarmament edicts, Oxfam, the international “social justice” confederation behind the global “Control Arms” campaign, along with the International Action Network on Small Arms and Amnesty International, says that the sale of ammunition must be included in the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty.
But they’ve encountered a stumbling block. It seems China wants ammunition excluded because they make so dang much money off it.