I am sure you heard about the attempts of supplying Humanitarian relief to Venezuela from Colombian town of Cucuta this past Saturday and how it ended in a victory for the Maduro regime since not only stuff did not make it but two truck were set on fire.  There were some wounded, some people coughing because of tear gas, but mostly we got bruised egos.

What you probably have not heard was that there was another attempt to supply humanitarian relief some 800 miles to the East on the very isolated border town of Santa Elena de Uairen (Pop. 25,000+). This was not a convoy of several trailer trucks but a couple of medium trucks to feed a town who is in dire need. The area is also the Venezuelan equivalent of  an indian reservation under the care of the Pemon Tribe who mind the extensive National Park that comprises that part of the state.

The Pemon tribe had made it known to the Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (GNB) post that they intended to escort the couple of trucks from the border to the town and distribute the supplies to which the GNB told them to go pound sand. The Pemon tribe responded in kind and went to the border to wait for the trucks without knowing that reinforcements had been called and were on their way.

And then the shooting started. Armored Personnel Carriers were all over town chasing people and shooting without regard. Only problem was the Pemon Tribe was not quite armed but with bows and arrows.

Before all news and communications were shut down in the area, there were four confirmed dead and at least 40 wounded. Twitter Rumor Machine puts the number of dead now between 30-40 and the GNB targeting Pemon Indians specifically who have decided to go deep into the wild to avoid being killed.

So why we need guns? Why “assault weapons” and hundreds of 30m round magazines? Because you don’t want to see this coming to your neighborhood because you were begging for humanitarian supplies.

Do you really want to go against that armed with a stick and a string?  

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

5 thoughts on “When Socialism plays Cowboys and Indians.”
      1. A couple of 60mm mortars should be more than enough.

        They’re a lighter, handier weapon and so is the ammo

        So you can have twice as many rounds in the same space/weight.


  1. On “intervention now” — the neighbor countries all have what is supposed to pass for an army, right? If so, they can do the intervening. There are plenty of good reasons for the USA not to be the intervener (history is a big one).
    The notion that if the USA isn’t intervening no one else can either is all to prevalent. We’ve seen it with all the freeloaders in the Middle East, too. And in decades past in Europe.
    While going against a gun with a bow & arrow is not optimal, still you’d figure the an infantryman would be freaked out by a volley of arrows hitting his cover.
    Back in the bad old days of “the Troubles” there were shipments of US private weapons going to foreign places. It would seem the same could be done in this case. Even if much of the general public in Venezuela has been brainwashed to the point of recoiling in horror at the sight of a gun, it sounds like the Pemon people would appreciate some firearms.

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