Well, I got your attention. Maybe even made you a little angry. But don’t worry, I was being sarcastic.
So, when is the last time you’ve ready up on violent crime in Venezuela?
Here is a country with very strict gun and knife control and no civilian sales on firearms in the past 2 years. Since May 1 of this year, 185 civilians have been victims of violent murder. Even this past weekend, 59 have lost their lives.
In the year 2009, there were more than 16,000 civilian deaths from violence. That is almost 4 times Iraq’s civilian deaths that year with the same population. Even the Mexican drug war has claimed less lives than this.
According to the Venezuelan Violence Observatory, Venezuela is suffering with more than a decade long surge of homicides since President Hugo Chavez took office in 1999. This number has climbed to over 200,000 deaths due to violent crime in the past 15 years. This comes out to be about 3 people killed every hour.
This nation is filled with illegal firearms and their government is doing nothing to stop it. Well, I guess banning gory photos from their nation’s media is resolving the issue. Yup, you heard that right. The Venezuelan government believes these photos are for the purpose of undermining them instead of for the purpose of informing the public, so the court ordered the paper to stop publishing images on violence. Obviously that’s not working, and neither is banning guns and knives from the people in need of protection.
More than 90 percent of murder cases go unsolved. Actually, crime has been so prevalent that their government has stopped producing data. With the enormous amount of gangs roaming the streets and the soaring crime rate, it looks like Caracas in on track to beat last year’s murder rate.
The Venezuelan National Police Agency estimated that nearly 70% of murders in Caracas are related to armed assaults and warfare between the city’s street gangs.
Venezuela is considered to be one of the most dangerous countries in the western hemisphere with an average of 53 or more murders per day.
Though Chavez tried to blame the significant increase in crime rate to economic variables, I believe it is more about their government failing to fight crime and choosing to disarm their citizens. Hmm.. Sound familiar? Strict gun control laws were implemented in early 2012 after seeing 18,000 murder victims in 2011. This number climbed to 21,692 murders in 2012 and up to 24,763 in 2013.
That seems like a pretty big jump since they banned guns and knives from their citizens. Well, all of their law-abiding citizens that is.
Come on people, these are the same laws that liberals are wanting to implement in our own country. The crime rates in Chicago, DC, and Detroit speak for themselves. More gun laws = MORE GUN RELATED CRIME. Criminals will be criminals regardless of the law so crime will continue.
This is a prime example of what happens when government attacks the wrong people. How about we learn from other countries rather than follow in their footsteps?