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    GOC Co-Founder jwirecom109's Avatar
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    Venezuela bans private gun ownership

    Venezuela has brought a new gun law into effect which bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition.

    Until now, anyone with a gun permit could buy arms from a private company.

    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.

    The ban is the latest attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime ahead of elections in October

    Venezuela saw more than 18,000 murders last year and the capital, Caracas, is thought to be one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America.
    'Must do more'

    The government has been running a gun amnesty in the run-up to the introduction of the new law to try to encourage people to give up their illegal arms without fear of consequences.
    One member of the public in Caracas told the BBC: "They're killing people every day. This law is important but they need to do more, they're not doing enough now."

    Hugo Chavez's government says the ultimate aim is to disarm all civilians, but his opponents say the police and government may not have the capacity or the will to enforce the new law.

    Criminal violence is set to be a major issue in presidential elections later in the year.

    Campaign group The Venezuela Violence Observatory said last year that violence has risen steadily since Mr Chavez took office in 1999.

    Several Latin American countries have murder rates far higher than the global average of 6.9 murders per 100,000 people.

    According to a recent United Nations report, South America, Central America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of murder by firearms in the world.

    It found that over 70% of all homicides in South America are as a results of guns - in Western Europe, the figure was closer to 25%.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18288430


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    The Slayer Of Trolls mlehto's Avatar
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    I never understood the mentality here.

    All the criminals already have guns and are killing people, so let's make sure the law abiding citizens can't defend themselves, and only leave the criminals with guns.

    Smart move.....
    You may not like guns, and choose not to own one. That is your right. You may not believe in God. That is your choice. However, if someone breaks into your home, the first 2 things you are gonna do are 1) Call someone with a gun, and 2) Pray that they arrive quick enough to save you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlehto View Post
    I never understood the mentality here.

    All the criminals already have guns and are killing people, so let's make sure the law abiding citizens can't defend themselves, and only leave the criminals with guns.

    Smart move.....
    It is not about murder rates, it is not about public safety it is about:

    The ban is the latest attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime ahead of elections in October
    Improve who's security?


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    Its the UN mandate to disarm all the sheeple and then run their private kingdom the new world order has arrived in Venezuela and coming soon to a world near you

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    Another dictatorship (elections..pshhh yeah, right) banning guns. Sound familiar?
    What? I can have a SIGNATURE?

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    IMO, the move to ban guns is a band-aid approach to crime. Even if you could remove guns from the equations completely (and you can't), the root of the problem is unaddressed. You are going to have the same problem, but with a different spin on it.

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    Ultimately if you want to reduce the number of people whom end up shooting each other, you have to figure out why they were shooting at each other in the first place.

    Quote Originally Posted by JustBen View Post
    IMO, the move to ban guns is a band-aid approach to crime. Even if you could remove guns from the equations completely (and you can't), the root of the problem is unaddressed. You are going to have the same problem, but with a different spin on it.

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    Hugo Chavez's government says the ultimate aim is to disarm all civilians,
    And we all know where that leads.
    Obvious mass murderer is being obvious.

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    The solution to crime is extremely simple. Remove the criminals and allow everyone else to carry whatever means of personal protection they desire. It worked fantastically in the past, it would work again now. But then what would the victim brigade and the rat bag lawyers (referring to actual rat bag lawyers not all lawyers) do?

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    They should ban murder, I think that'll work.
    the wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept

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