Venezuelans Now Regret Giving Up Their Guns – This is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace


In 2012, Venezuela’s dictator-for-life President Hugo Chavez had his rubber stamp legislature pass the Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law. The public generally supported it at the time. The law stripped law-abiding Venezuelans of every firearm and round of ammunition they could legally own.

As the country and its citizens have increasingly benefitted from the wonders of Bolivarian socialism, it appears that the public now regrets their support for total civilian disarmament.

“Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Javier Vanegas, 28, a Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, told Fox News. “The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force. Once things were this bad, it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.”

If only the citizens of Venezuela had the right to keep and bear arms as a check against government tyranny.

Once again, another nation demonstrates what can and frequently does happen to a disarmed populace. The despotism pushed by the authoritarian ruling class can proceed full force, with no realistic threat of opposition from the people they subjugate.

As the corruption, theft, graft, and fleecing of the treasury and the people continues. The public now is reduced to literally picking through trash for food as millions flee the country.

As history has shown, this isn’t a new story. Maria Gabriela Chavez, the dead thug’s daughter, is the the richest woman in Venezuela. That didn’t happen because of her hard work and investing acumen.

Also like in other despotic countries, the state is cracking down on anyone it sees as a threat. Teachers, house wives, students, business owners…it doesn’t matter. Speak against the state and it will send its goons after you in the middle of the night to make you disappear.

“Venezuela shows the deadly peril when citizens are deprived of the means of resisting the depredations of a criminal government,” said David Kopel, a policy analyst, and research director at the Independence Institute and adjunct professor of Advanced Constitutional Law at Denver University. “The Venezuelan rulers – like their Cuban masters – apparently viewed citizen possession of arms as a potential danger to a permanent communist monopoly of power.”

Kopel has that right. This is exactly what my family went through in Cuba.

This is a photo of my Tío Mario. He fled Cuba shortly after Hugo Chavez’s role model, Fidel Castro, took power in 1959. Tío was hired by The Company when he arrived in the US and was a member of Brigada 2506. Yeah, that company, the folks that set up the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Sadly, the invasion was a failure and Castro and his ilk are still in power, oppressing Cuba’s disarmed populace, to this day.

Lucky for us, my family settled here in the US. One of the most important lessons my Tío ever thought me was that a free people are armed and that I am to NEVER SURRENDER MY GUNS under any circumstance. But Venezuelans sure did and now they’re seeing the consequences of their actions.

“Venezuelans didn’t care enough about it. The idea of having the means to protect your home was seen as only needed out in the fields. People never would have believed they needed to defend themselves against the government,” Vanegas explained. “Venezuelans evolved to always hope that our government would be non-tyrannical, non-violator of human rights, and would always have a good enough control of criminality.”

Let the Venezuelans and Cubans be a lesson to us here.


  1. avatar jwm says:

    chavez, soros, bloomberg, pelosi, the clintons, stalin, mao, hitler, pol pot………the list of folks that should have been forced to dig their own graves at a young age grows.

    1. avatar Art out West says:

      First they pile up the confiscated firearms. Then, they pile up the bodies of their victims. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

      1. avatar Ranger Rick says:

        I believe that this is what Alexandria Ocasio‑Cortez has in mind for us.

        1. avatar OBOB says:

          you mean
          Alexandria Occasional-Cortex

          fixed it for ya!

        2. Re: OBOB. Great follow-up comment!!!!!

        3. avatar Hannibal says:

          I find this hard-on for Cortez amusing. I’m hoping y’all aren’t the same people that thought Sarah Palin was a great idea for elected office.

        4. avatar Gordon in MO says:

          Sarah Palin would have been better than BO or Biden or both together.

          She was a very successful Governor, getting rid of corruption and making the state work for the citizens.

        5. avatar California Richard says:

          AOC is the fanatical, wild eyed, true believing mouth piece of tyrany. Lenin would have called her a useful idiot. Eric Swalwell is the tyrant who is willing to use the apparatus of government to commit mass murder, up to and including nuclear weapons.

        6. avatar LazrBeam says:

          I saw a meme on another site, I think it was DefCon, a little while ago that showed a photo of a sign in front of a Chinese restaurant that said, Ocasio-Cortez name is Chinese translates to Wun Dum Ho.

    2. But, but…if it saves one child’s life from an accidental shooting.

      1. avatar Michael Buley says:

        Yes, all those ‘lives of the children’ they’re saving from mass murderers, so that they can turn them into their sex toys and sex slaves and blood sacrifices to their demons. ‘Save the children for US’ would be the more accurate slogan for these degenerates. These same children that they very deliberately are turning into non-thinking, obedient automatons, forcing transgender ‘identity’ and all the sick LBBQTEZEF bullshit into their minds — and bodies. Yes, they are so very concerned ‘for the children’ that they are systematically destroying in every institution.

        Communists are very, very evil people. Morality does not exist.

        1. avatar David in MA says:

          It is all outlined in the COMMUNIST MANIFESTO,
          which is online and I hope people read it.

        2. avatar Swarf says:

          Seek professional help.

        3. avatar Southern Cross says:

          David, the book is boring. So boring I’m amazed anyone would read it. And Marx is long on rhetoric, and very short on practical solutions.

        4. avatar Chris T in KY says:

          Meine Kampf is also a book that people can read if you want to learn just how crazy the right wing socialist can be.

          And reading the book doesn’t make you a Nazi. But it does make you an informed person. Left wing socialists are just as dangerous.

  2. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    The warm and fuzzy Marxist left wants this for America and a large percentage of the population is too brain dead or ignorant to realize it.

    1. avatar Freebird says:

      Arrest all New Jersey police for magazine law violations as soon as they go off duty.

      They are all now FELONS like us little peeps ….. This is Socialism at its best.

      1. avatar anon says:

        Arrest? Seems like ambush would be more appropriate. They get a carve-out for all the other laws that affect the minions. Seems like a carve-out on due process would be fitting..

    2. avatar former water walker says:

      Or HIGH…Rahm Emmanuel wants casinos and legal marijuana for Chiraq to “solve” their budget shortfalls. Soma to the people!

      1. avatar Michael Buley says:

        I like that one, too. Don’t spend less. Don’t eliminate any of the waste. Don’t worry about accountability or spending the money more wisely when it has to be spent. Instead, bilk the people of more through drugs and gambling. Which of course only leads to more government spending, no ‘fix’ of the ‘shortfall’ (i.e., ongoing robbery of the people).

    3. avatar Southern Cross says:

      What’s the difference between a capitalist fairy tale and a communist fairy tale?

      A capitalist fairy tale starts with “Once upon a time…“.

      A communist fairy tale starts with “One day there will be….“.

      1. Good fairy tale start. You should make plaques that say that. I’d buy a few for presents.

  3. avatar Waynefromfl says:

    And they keep insisting its not real socialism.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Where or when has socialism ever been implemented “correctly”?

      1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

        Europe…… well until we run out of money anyway.

  4. avatar Lance says:

    They’re just now regretting it?

    The moment they disarm you is the moment they silence your voice AND null your vote. There was no reason to surrender their arms because at that point, just saying the ‘wrong’ thing is just as bad or worse than getting caught with a firearm.

  5. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    Venezuelans regret being born in Venezuela… Fixed it for you.

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      20 years ago Venezuela was the richest country south of the Panama Canal. They were awash in oil money. Then they stole the oil assets from the rightful owners (oil companies) and thought they could ‘spread the wealth’. Of course foreign investment dried up, oil production plummeted and instead of everyone sharing equally in the wealth, everyone (except the politically connected) shared in the poverty. The oil’s still there, just there’s nobody to extract it. Anyway, most Venezuelans remember what it was like to be prosperous, so I doubt the location of their birth is their biggest regret.

      1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

        It was tongue in cheek

        1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

          Ah. Being the Governor of sarcasm, I should have spotted that.

      2. avatar racer88 says:

        Venezuela has VAST natural resources that go beyond oil. Aluminum. Iron. Gold. Diamonds. Hydroelectric power. Tourist attractions. Rich agricultural land. So, it’s not JUST oil. Venezuela has, quite literally, EVERYTHING a country would wish for.

        Socialism decimated ALL of it.

      3. avatar former water walker says:

        Not so long ago Venezuela had one of the strongest economic engines in the WORLD. Commies and lower oil prices effed them. And the poor downtrodden injun population believed Hugo Chavez😩

        1. avatar racer88 says:

          Lower oil prices had, quite literally, NOTHING to do with it. Nothing. The demise of Venezuela is 100% because of socialism. The means of production (of all major industries) was seized by the government… and run into the ground.

          Venezuela’s formerly ROBUST economy was based on FAR more than oil. To wit… why aren’t the folks in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, UAE, et al. starving?? The ONLY thing they have is oil.

          Venezuela was the #1 producer of low-cost aluminum in the world, for example. Now? The production plants, which were seized from private hands, are now rusting in a shambles… literally in a rusted heap. Now running at less than 20% efficiency (well… that was several years ago. It’s likely worse now.)

          Same with steel production.

          That said… many don’t know that Venezuela has the LARGEST proven oil reserves in the world. That’s right… more than even Saudi Arabia.

        2. avatar GS650G says:

          VZ crude oil is high in sulphur unlike S.A. or Brent north sea crude. It’s not a quality oil and even diesel fuel.requires a lot of refining.
          The oil isn’t easily accessible, unlike the desert. It’s in the mountains and it’s a slog to get it on the ships, especially now they’ve destroyed the infrastructure
          Ocean drilling is harder and subject to the weather but at least it loads onto the ship right away.

          The Chinese want the oil but don’t trust VZ one bit. Their relationship is difficult but necessary. They want the Chinese to pour money in to PDSV and trust they will do right by them. The Chinese aren’t that stupid.

        3. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Venezuela is following the Zimbabwe model, right down to bank notes worth more as kindling than as currency, trillions in one note, etc.

        4. avatar racer88 says:

          Yes… it’s a different grade of oil… requiring more refining. That issue aside… they don’t even have ships in good working condition (leaking) to export the oil. Foreign ports won’t allow them to come in, due to them leaking oil.

          In any case, my main point is that Venezuela’s formerly robust economy was due to far more than oil. Oil is just one of many valuable exportable resources.

      4. avatar tdiinva says:

        And in 1959 Cuba was the richest country in Latin America

  6. avatar ollie says:

    Typical Socialist/Communist/ Progressive end result. A two class system — UPPER CLASS = prosperous Ruling Elite and LOWER CLASS = Smurff Subjects eking out a living the best they can. Sort of like most big Blue US cities.

  7. avatar pwrserge says:

    You see this? This is why I support shooting commies.

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      Or hanging. Hanging’s good.

      1. avatar Southern Cross says:

        And not the long drop either.

        1. avatar Toni says:

          nope haul em up slow

  8. avatar GunnyGene says:

    Yet another example of the ages long differences between free people and slaves. Being free is difficult and dangerous. Being a slave is easy – all you need to do is what you are told to do.

  9. avatar daveinwyo says:

    Could someone here with more computer acumen than I PLEASE send this to Asshat Occasional-Cortex! She/it KNOWS she/it can do better.

    1. avatar Ranger Rick says:

      She is well aware of this as it is part of her plans.

  10. avatar GS650G says:

    Gun ownership in VZ was pretty low. Out of 35 million people there were only 3 to 4 million guns estimated in private hands. Even if we assume those numbers are low that’s only about 1 for every 9 people. Austrailia was a bit low as well relative to population at 3.5M guns.
    The auths have reported confiscating about 13K guns in VZ which is very low and probably not accurate. Even if they pulled in 500K like Australia did they are not close to disarming. Porous borders could resupply guns easily.
    But the VZ populace lack the will and organization at this point to rise up. Their fate rests with the military which Cuba controls now very tightly. Cuba is making VZ a satellite state for its resources and China and Russia are in as well. Russia just landed planes on a VZ island yesterday.
    The US is far more armed and a lot bigger than most countries, and we train better. It will not get to this stage but there will be Balkinization for sure. When one side tries to bring the other to heel is when it gets messy.
    We hear about how people don’t want to lose their comfortable lives over 2A rights. Well drive the economy into the dirt like VZ and that notion is gone.
    It’s going to take a rebellion in the army with external support. And we’ll end up with a military dictator anyway in VZ.
    This will be a doorstep problem for our kids.

  11. avatar Shire-man says:

    This is what every “liberal gun club” member wants since they prioritize their rights way below their socialist fantasies.

  12. avatar Nickel Plated says:

    Love how the very next article below this asks NJ’s residents to just comply because it’s the law. Boy, I hope the Jerseyites (Jerseyans?) aren’t that stupid. Although having the misfortune of commuting through that useless shit-heap of a state for the last two years, that’s just wishful thinking.

    Man,I hate Jersey.

  13. avatar Cooter E Lee says:

    This is a very poignant article following the one about magazine restrictions in New Jersey.

    If you live in one of these areas like New Jersey , I would advise you to bury or ship out of state your constitutionally protected firearms and accessories instead of destroying or turning them in. You don’t have to martyr yourself, but compliance leaves you and your children at the mercy of authoritarian government that will eventually cross a line that compels your resistance.

  14. avatar Fully Involved says:

    Just thinking out loud here, but I wonder if any foreign countries are directy influencing the talking heads pushing for gun control. From what we’ve seen thus far the easiest way to control America is from the inside, perhaps this is one of their angles.
    (I’m fully aware this is an aluminum-foil-hat level conspiracy theory, nevertheless it makes one wonder).

    1. avatar Keyword Spam says:

      I guarantee it’s happening. Foreign nations have been attempting to influence US politics for decades through some means or another. We may not know about it all the time, but it’s happening.

  15. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    Yeah Socialism, doing what it does best, death and destruction. Just what Chavez’s constituents wanted.

  16. avatar Ralph says:

    When Venezuelans voted for Chavez, they voted for tyranny. They made their choice. I hope they continue to enjoy the benefits of socialism under Maduro.

    Because “elections have consequences,” I have no sympathy for Venezuelans. You reap what you sow.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Under the “Maduro diet”, most Venezuelans have lost 30-40 pounds. Perhaps Michael Moore could experience the same benefits.

      And I’ll bet a lot of Antifa members would like to volunteer to go to Venezuela (NOT!).

  17. avatar Yarbles says:

    Why do you think the Socialist Democrats in this county have let slip that they will ‘nuke’ gun owners who do not comply with confiscation?

    The Elite have built and are building more underground shelters and arranging escape to shelters they have ‘prepped’ in places like New Zealand.

    Neutron Bombs anyone?

  18. avatar Ark says:

    Daddy Government sure kept them safe, huh?

    Mass exodus, hunting rats for food, and getting machine-gunned by the government every time you complain. Commonsense!

  19. avatar Eddie Hubbard says:

    FUCK any of those that want my guns. I will die first. So come & take them cause that is what you will have to do.

  20. avatar See it coming says:

    The old carrot and stick, first they dangle the carrot then they beat you with the stick. Stupid is as stupid does !

  21. avatar George says:

    The assault on OUR firearms will be a non-stop effort until they succeed. As others have said, “come and take them” and you will be on the receiving end of an arsenal of freedom. One thing about getting older, you become set in your ways and standing up for what you stand for may include going down in a fight.

  22. avatar Steve Eisenberg says:

    Turn in your guns and then take off your clothes. We’re sending you to the showers.

  23. avatar strych9 says:

    Venezuelans and Cubans as lessons?

    LOL. The Left took over education decades ago specifically to control what lessons the public may have. The real world consequences of Leftist dogma ain’t part of the curriculum.

    If you want to “take the country back” then you need to learn to fight like a Lefty so that you can beat the Left.

  24. avatar Bob Jones says:

    Chaves and Maduro actually did arm one segment of the population, their stooge thug constituents turned militia/army. The same thing would happen here by fascist liberal government retaining gangs to become government enforcers.

  25. I keep saying that the democrats here are communist and that this is the way they want us to be, but we keep getting them voted in . even by gun owners, under the naïve thinking that it could never happen here. well wake up America. because it is happening here little by little by the states. NY NJ MA CT HI CA WA DE . these are the United Socialist States Of Amerika. and it is coming to a state near you.

    1. avatar Scoutino says:

      But, but, they let me have an abortion whenever I feel like one and they promised me health care and college education free of charge for me, paid by some other people I don’t even know.

      They said they are going to give me more money which they will take from those awfully rich folks to end income inequality. Then everybody will be rich!

      And when they finally defeat the evil NRA and ban all guns, nobody will have to die, ever!

      Rainbows and unicorn farts for everyone!

  26. avatar possum says:

    The U.S. Constitution is only as strong as the people who protect it. If we fail it we can not blame it for failing us. And most of that fail will be brought on by the law enforcement and military that do not uphold their oaths to protect it.

  27. avatar Michael v Pikula says:

    wow great site You can add Minnesota to that list. Every election I say what good does it do to vote here? we got Amy Klobuchar lifetime liberal wanna be president watch out for that bitch. Oh and and the muslim Kieth Ellison Attorney General. And now Wisconsin going back to Dems after Scott Walker turned them around, the thanks he gets. But asside all the gun talks they are doing it with global warming as well.

  28. avatar L says:

    Don’t worry guys, it’s not real socialism.

  29. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    This is what Liberal Gun owners support. Socialism. Total control of the population by government. No individuality. The only difference between Right wing socialism and Left wing socialism is the National socialists in Germany, liked to photograph all the murders they committed. On the other hand, the Russian international socialists, shot anyone with a camera east of the Ural mountains.

    Liberal gun owners will vote for slavery every single time. Their track record proves it. But don’t worry liberals I still want you around to have social intercourse with.

    You will never get acceptance here. But you can always post your support for human slavery here. As least we will know you have not changed even with the photographic evidence and witness statements from the victims of the political system you desperately want in the United States of America.

  30. avatar LARRY says:

    I frequently see the comment,’We do not want to be Venezuela and they are always referring to socialism. Followed by the comment, socialism has never worked in the history of the world.’ These are usually the same people who want to disarm us.
    I am so glad to see people waking up to realize Venezuela did not fail because of socialism. They failed because they allowed themselves to be disarmed.
    When they gave up their guns, that was the end of socialism and the beginning of a vicious dictatorship.

  31. avatar Fred says:

    By regeristing your weapons you are telling where you are. Be careful very careful

  32. avatar Steve McCormick says:

    I’m 72 years old so I probably won’t see the liberals completely destroy our country. The people of America have been told enough times with enough history to back it up that I really wouldn’t care if they get results they deserve. Since I have grandchildren that will be exposed to this self induced suicide I can’t feel good about what’s happening. Do you liberal’s think what your seeing today in Venezuela or your grandparents saw in Germany can’t happen here? Wake up….Freedom is not free.

  33. avatar FHK-Q says:

    Some of you need to learn the difference between “Leftists” and “Liberals.” They are 2 different beings. I’m by no means a Conservative, but I’m not a leftist, either. As a matter of fact, I consider leftists to be the real enemy, not Conservatives. I’m against the whole, “I exist, therefore I deserve something” mentality. I’m against ANY infringement of the 2A. I believe that any sworn in politician must uphold the Constitution, yet somehow when they get in office they attack the 2A. Isn’t that a violation of your oath of office? Anyway, what I’m getting at here is that some of you Conservatives need to figure out the difference between leftist and liberal, and stop throwing all the blame on everyone except yourselves because you are pissing on the wrong group of people. Nobody is going to take my guns any more than they are going to take yours. And Reagan was a supporter of gun control, and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t a liberal. Just saying.

  34. avatar ArmyAviator says:

    A disarmed people cannot be free. Our Framers fully understood this. Our nation would never have been founded, had the Patriots been without arms. King George III lamented that he had been too lenient in allowing the American Colonists to keep and bear arms.

    EVERY “progressive” Socialist government, that ever came to power had to DISARM the citizenry, because they KNEW they could never rule over their people, if the people were armed and had a means of opposiing TYRANNY.

    Our “progressive” Socialist politicians like Chuck U Schumer and Pelosi Galore, do not fear Mom and Pop outside the Capitol, with torches and ptchforks! But the pee runs down their legs, when the think of Mom and Pop outside the Capitol with RIFLES and SHOTGUNS.

  35. avatar Concerned says:

    The primary problem is Imbedded Corruption within Congress as a whole, “better known as the deep state”. The corrupt politicians in Congress, both Republicans and Democrats sell their votes and loyalty to the highest corporate bidder every day, and acquire substantial personal wealth in the process. These individuals have no intention of walking away without a major battle and no regard for Citizens killed or injured in the process. Since the onset of the internet, and mass open communication, it has become apparent to these people the truth would eventually surface concerning their treason, corruption, extortion, bribes, blackmail, pedophilia, and illegal schemes. The corruption covers all branches, and many departments of Government, Therefore, since it apparent the general population will not be fooled into accepting Total Gun Control legislation; these individuals have decided to allow mass illegal immigration of potential terrorists into the United States. They are aware this will eventually lead to a civil war within the states and provide the perfect conditions and opportunity for the corrupt government to declare Marshall Law, use the Military to disarm the general public, kill the terrorists groups, and form the police state needed to continue the corrupt system as is. Donald Trump being elected has possibly created a obstacle in their path, and provided every temporarily free Citizen an opportunity to open their eyes and see the actions of these corrupt politicians, the Federal Reserve Bank, and corrupt Corporations doing everything imaginable to salvage their corrupt system. Trump is correct concerning illegal immigration being a matter of National Security at this time, and if He fails to achieve absolute border security, I give the status quo corrupt political system 20 years maximum and this country will be reduced to a civil war torn police state. Trump has the wealth and power to leave this country and relocate his family to a safe location, most of the general population does not, you, your family, children and grandchildren will be forced to live in this war torn police state when it’s completed. Most of your favorite politicians, both Republicans and Democrats presently own property, and store substantial wealth outside the United States, have you ever stopped and logically considered why these so-called public servants would need these offshore assets.

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