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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Meanwhile in the Socialist Paradise of Venezuela…

Tuberculosis is making a big-time comeback. ‘We’re Losing the Fight’: Tuberculosis Batters a Venezuela in Crisis – The New York Times

His family thought he just had a bad cold, nothing serious.

But Victor Martínez kept getting worse. By mid-January, he lay in a hospital ward, wasting away from tuberculosis. A month later, at his wake, stunned relatives tried to reckon with the resurgence of a disease that many Venezuelans thought had been mostly confined to the history books.

A Century of medical advances wiped out, because the government knows best. Or at least they think they do.

Meanwhile in the Socialist Paradise of Venezuela

Hyper-inflation is running wild, because people no longer believe in the currency or the government. Venezuela knocks three zeros off ailing currency amid hyperinflation

So they’ve decided that the way to fix all of their problems, is to officially devalue all of the currency in circulation, by dividing everything by 1000.

The move illustrates the collapse of the bolivar, which has fallen 99.99 percent against the U.S. dollar on the black market since Maduro came to power in April 2013. A $100 purchase of bolivars then would now be worth just a single U.S. cent.

The official exchange rate hasn’t changed, so it is just a convenient accounting move. But it won’t fix the fact that the country – under its august Socialist leadership – is imploding.

Refugees From The Socialist Paradise of Venezuela

How can this be? All those folks from Hollywood were telling me how great Venezuela was just a few short years ago. Now people are fleeing paradise? Northern Brazil overwhelmed by desperate, hungry Venezuelans | Fox News

In dozens of interviews over four days, many said they had not had more than one meal a day for the last year.

Some wore baggy clothes, had emaciated faces and complained of medical issues ranging from children with measles to diabetics with no insulin.

The Venezuelan government has run out of other people’s money.

I’m not sure if this is ironic or not. It is completely understandable.

While in recent years millions of Venezuelans have immigrated, until recently Brazil received relatively few of them. Hundreds of thousands have gone to Colombia, but authorities there and elsewhere in South America are tightening their borders.

I didn’t think tightening of borders was allowed.

Meanwhile, In the Socialist Paradise of Venezuela…

Starving people are rioting, and killing/butchering cattle. (At least they know how. Well, maybe not…) Starving Venezuelans mob field and slaughter cattle, report says

I think this statement, from the opposition, sums things up completely.

“What we’re living is barbaric,” Juan Guaido, an opposition lawmaker tweeted. “The dehumanizing regime of Nicolas Maduro is turning a blind eye to the tragedy that we Venezuelans are living.”

As for knowing how to butcher… There was a video posted of a mob attacking a cow with rocks and a machete. (You’re doing it wrong!) Estimates are that 300 animals have been killed.

Food riots – with the requisite looting – left 2 people dead, and 16 injured.

The link includes the required photo of empty store shelves. I expect things will get worse before they get better.

Venezuela’s Government Rigs Next Elections

Meanwhile, in the Socialist Paradise of Venezuela… Not content with destroying the economy, now the constitution is being destroyed. 3 opposition parties in Venezuela blocked from elections

Three parties didn’t run a candidate in the capital’s mayoral election. So they have to “reapply for legal status” before they can run a candidate in the next presidential election. Bets on if they will get that status?

Opposition leader Tomas Guanipa said the decree violates the constitution and is designed to block the parties from next year’s presidential race, when Maduro is expected to run for a second term.

“These are the desperate acts of a government that uses fraud to remain in power,” Guanipa said on Twitter.

In the meantime people are fleeing the conditions in Venezuela as fast as they can. And, as expected, The New York Times can’t seem to figure out what caused this economic crisis. (Hint: It’s Socialism.)

Meanwhile in the Socialist Paradise of Venezuela…

Remember when the Left – mostly the scolds from Hollywood – would make pilgrimages to Venezuela? They would parade down there to congratulate the dictators on how great socialism was. They haven’t been going much this year, now that it has become a country of starving children, dying women, and hyperinflation. 300,000 Venezuelan Children at Risk of Dying from Malnutrition, Catholic NGO Alerts

Around 300,000 children in Venezuela are at risk of death from malnutrition, according to Caritas, a humanitarian organization run by the Catholic Church. It estimated that between five and six children die from malnutrition in Nicolás Maduro’s country each week.

Pregnant women and new mothers are also at risk

Doctor Julio Castro reinforced the importance of Caritas’ figures. “Maternal mortality between 2006 and 2016 shows a year-by-year increase of 10 percent,” he said, “but in the last year, it shot up 65 percent due to hunger and a lack of medical care and (other) products.”

The world wants to send aid, but the government won’t allow any to enter the country. The problems are all the result of a “War on Socialism” waged by the US and EU.

In other news, the inflation rate (or maybe that should be the HYPERINFLATION rate) in Venezuela has come down off its all-time record-high. It is “only” 2875% in October. (And no, that is not a typo.) Hyperinflation: Much Talked About, Little Understood