In the Gun-free, Socialist Paradise of Venezuela, Murder is on the Rise

The Left used to love Venezuela, and Bernie Sanders wanted the US to be more like that country. In the wake of a gun ban, Venezuela sees rising homicide rate

In 2012, the communist-dominated Venezuelan National Assembly enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law.” The bill’s stated objective was to “disarm all citizens.” The new law prohibited all gun sales, except to government entities. The penalty for illegally selling or carrying a firearm is a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Despite criticism from the democratic opposition, the bill went into effect in 2013.

Made it easy for the dictatorship to remain in control.

The stats show that they always had more murders than we did per capita, but since the gun ban went into effect the rate has gone up substantially.

More importantly, the national homicide rate rose from 73 per 100,000 in 2012 to 90 per 100,000 in 2015. The real figures are likely higher as the Maduro regime is well known for purposely undercounting crime.

How can that be?

And, predictably, since they have a monopoly on firearms, they use said firearms to attack protestors.

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Reality Has a Funny Way of Dealing With Propaganda

Sweden in general, and the government in particular, isn’t too keen on recognizing the truth. But you can’t hide from reality. Sweden’s violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image – POLITICO

In a period of two weeks earlier this year, five explosions took place in the country. It’s not unusual these days — Swedes have grown accustomed to headlines of violent crime, witness intimidation and gangland executions. In a country long renowned for its safety, voters cite “law and order” as the most important issue ahead of the general election in September.

Even discussing the issues is hard because of social taboo. The police complain that the foreign press “makes it seem like crime is out of control.” This is after a hand grenade attack on a police office, and a police car destroyed by explosion. (Sounds out of control to me.)

Where violent crime was once rare, shootings are now so commonplace they no longer make top headlines.

The government isn’t just trying to spin the news, they are just flat-out lying about the situation.

In March, Labor Market Minister Ylva Johansson appeared on the BBC, where she claimed that the number of reported rapes and sexual harassment cases “is going down and going down and going down.” In fact, the opposite is true, which Johansson later admitted in an apology.

In another lie, the Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, denied the existence of No-go zones.

But the reality is different for those on the ground: The head of the paramedics’ union Ambulansförbundet, Gordon Grattidge, and his predecessor Henrik Johansson recently told me in an interview that some neighborhoods are definitely no-go for ambulance drivers — at least without police protection.

Why lie? Because cognitive dissonance is a powerful force. They KNOW Sweden is a peaceful country, so why bother with facts that attack their worldview? Plus, if they admit the truth, there will be all those questions come the next election. (Hat Tip to Moonbattery)

100-year-old Technology is NOT the Problem

Oleg Volk wants you to know… Technology isn’t the devil.

Until 1994, any teen in America could buy a 30-round magazine, in person or by mail. From 1957 to 1968, they could buy an AR15 to go with it, mail order if they so wished. After 1968, they would have to be at least 18 and buy it in person…still, plenty of teens and young adults had them with few problems. Sure, mass shootings could happen…with 3-shot hunting rifles wielded by much older people, who in turn were suppressed by lawful college students with personal rifles.

We created defenseless-victim zones, and we glorify the insane. Why are we surprised at the result? Go see Oleg Volk’s image – they are always worthwhile. And he has more to say as well.

So what caused this? It isn’t 100+ year-old technology. The changes in the culture – some might call it the disintegration of the culture.

A Reasoned Examination of Recent FBI Conduct

JusticeWritten by a former Federal Prosecutor. In a world where accusations of bias are screamed, it is nice to see someone lay out the facts calmly. The Politicization of the FBI – Imprimis

Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency. This conduct was not based on mere bias, as has been widely claimed, but rather on deeply felt animus toward Trump and his agenda.

It is worth the time. [Hat tip to The Road Kill Diaries.]

Catch 22 – Medical Research Edition

An interesting story about the War on (Some) Drugs™ hindering efforts to help people break opioid addiction. Regulations Make Medical Tourism a Necessity at A Geek With Guns

About the use of psychedelic drugs to combat opioid addiction in other countries. It is illegal in this country because of the War on (Some) Drugs™.

But even with all of this information at hand, the United States government continues to claim that psychedelics have no medial application whatsoever. So long as they maintain that attitude, it is mostly illegal to experiment with psychedelics for medical purposes in the United States, which creates an impasse. A researcher can’t experiment with psychedelics to determine if they can be used in medical applications so they continue to have no medial applications, which prevents researchers from determining if they can have medical applications.

Because there is NOTHING bureaucrats can’t do, including predicting the future of medical research. Or at least interfering with future medical research. Click through for the details.

Finally, Someone Takes a Stand Against Silicon Valley

Everyone complains about Facebook and Twitter, but not many are doing anything about it. Lone Wolf Distributors Suspends Social Media Accounts

Due to recent information coming to light about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook’s free exchange of user data, as well as the “Big Three” in social media’s hateful stance on the 2nd Amendment, we are suspending all social media feeds indefinitely.

You can sign up for their newsletter at their website: Lone Wolf Distributors.

I have never been a fan of Facebook, because privacy is a thing. Right now I don’t know why anyone with an interest in the Second Amendment would be using Zuckerberg’s Panoptican.

In other news, Bank of America has decided to get involved in politics. It will probably take some time, but I will be getting rid of my account with them.

The Slippery Slope of Weapon Control and How it Doesn’t Work Anyway

History. Ignorance. Rinse. Repeat. GayPatriot » Re: “Common Sense Gun Laws”

A history of gun control in Great Britain The United Kingdom (or is it “Airstrip One?”) from 1920 onward.

And while knife crime is surging, the police are devoting more officers to investigating people who make politically incorrect statements. So is the UK turning into 1984, or is this more like a twisted version of V for Vendetta?