Dictum: “Violence never solves anything.”
It is the eternal piece of advice given to us by everybody, specially the Powers That Be. Yet, those Powers are the ones that have no problem applying violence if you were to step out of the mandated parameters or just become increasingly annoying by demanding them pesky things called rights. Lots of people fail to see the contradiction and follow the dictum to their sepulchers.
I was told that the pics above are from a university students’ march in Venezuela protesting about fair elections or something like that. The picket of police was waiting for them near the central Elections building and as you can see, they were ready not for a waltz but to provide a beatdown if the students got too uppity for their own good. The pic below is the money shot and something very typical: Pro-Government goons, guns in hand harassing and intimidating attendees to the march. And no, police does not do squat about them.
Since Chavez got elected and even after his death, not one single solitary protest/march/movement/happening from those who opposed him has produced one single solitary change in politics. Armed goons are now the norm and people being shot is not uncommon. Those marching do sing the pacifist songs and act according to WWGD (What would Gandhi Do?) without any effect, basically confirming the definition of insanity: Do the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
So when your local politico says that Violence is never the answer and asks you to surrender your weapons, just go ahead and flip him the big one because you can be sure that they will never surrender theirs.
They set the rules, they just do not like to play by them.