... Latin South American Government that is.
Venezuela bans private gun ownershipVenezuela 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.
Hugo Chavez's government says the ultimate aim is to disarm all civilians.
In America (The United States of America that is), our forefathers fought a war of independence in the 1700s and gave their lives to ensure that our liberties would be preserved. They died to ensure that the law of the land protected our rights - establishing a republic that we might keep our liberties and not succumb to tyranny like this..
But guess what? So did the Venezuelan forefathers in the 1800s.
"There was no particular incident that set off the bloodless 1948 coup, which was led by Delgado Chalbaud. There was no popular opposition. All prominent adecos were expelled. The other parties were allowed but muzzled." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Venezuela
After which, Venezuela saw years of military dictatorship.
I bet the Venezuelan people thought it would never happen to them. I bet Americans think it could never happen to them either.
Our rights are only valid under the law for so long as the law respects our individual rights.
“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” ~ Ronald Reagan
"One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever"