According to gun control advocates, gun rights advocates are paranoid. Listen up gun clingers! We don’t want to disarm anyone—except for the people we want to disarm. Who need disarming, if you think about it. Better yet, don’t think about it. Pay no attention to the Hurricane Katrina confiscation behind that curtain. Just use your common sense (i.e. we got this). Yes, well, no. Not only do we have a perfectly clear Supreme Court-incorporated Second Amendment (trumps local and state law) that protects us against ANY infringement on the right to keep and bear arms (in theory), we also have dozens of real-world, right-now examples of what happens to a country suffering from gun control gone wild. Check this look at life during wartime for the disarmed Mexican populace [via borderlandbeat.com]:
Speaking softly, turning constantly to the sides because he says that the malitos (bad ones) are everywhere. He explains that this town has changed since Felipe Calderon declared war on the drug cartels. And five years ago the Cartel del Golfo (CDG) made it their fiefdom for its livestock and agricultural wealth, and particularly for the prosperity around the Pemex refinery.
The peace of the town, known as the capital of Mexican broom makers, it was slowly becoming the pax of the drug cartel . The ranches were looted or confiscated , turned into extermination camps, businesses were robbed, landowners in suburbs were attacked . The wave of kidnappings are affecting each of the residents, or their relatives or acquaintances. The police and some city officials joined the criminal side and the population remains completely defenseless . . .
A month ago, next to this square appeared a decapitated man, who joined the 18 executed between April and May, including nine municipal bureaucrats. Since January the number has reached 112 dead, not including robbery, kidnapping and offal of properties that organized crime will include in its spoils . . .
We’re surrounded. People know that God is their only hope of safety , says the parish priest, Gerardo Bazaldúa. People are very scared by the situation. There are constant abductions, death of a family and even assaults here on the corners of the square. They come looking for the only security they have, God.
I’ve got no truck with people who rely on their faith in God for their peace of mind. But when it comes to peace with my fellow man, I ultimately rely on firepower guaranteed to me by the United States Constitution.
Which is not to say that Mexico doesn’t have a Constitution that guarantees its citizens a right to keep and bear arms. It does. But it’s an abridged right, and abridged it is. To death. And now Venezuela is heading down the same road.
Is the Washington Post worried about the inevitable slide into fascism/narco-terrorism? To paraphrase Sgt. Schultz, they say nothing! Well, a little something that sounds like “understandably enough.”
Venezuela’s government has prohibited people from possessing guns in public places in an effort to counter rampant violent crime.
The measure outlaws guns in all public places and specifically mentions city squares, parks, sports facilities and other types of establishments such as restaurants.
Venezuela has in recent years had one of the highest homicide rates in Latin America.
President Hugo Chavez’s government in February announced temporary measures outlawing gun possession in public areas as well as halting gun sales and the granting of permits for firearms. The new rules make those changes permanent and also call for metal detectors in places such as restaurants and bars.
Watch what happens next. And remember Wayne LaPierre’s oft-criticized analysis of the roots of liberty: “Those that have the guns make the rules.” Corollary: those that don’t, don’t. FYI: there’s your common sense.