Right now, the only people who have guns in the country are the military and the criminals.
Think about that for a moment.
The only people who have the potential to stand up to Maduro are criminal gangs. These aren’t even gangs who are conducting illegal activity as an act of defiance against a tyrannical leader. These are just your garden-variety armed thugs.
Which means those are the people who will decide Venezuela’s fate.
On the night of January 24, there was unrest in the Jose Felix Ribas slum of Petare, a part of what is called the Capital Region of Caracas. There was also a gathering of people in the downtown area of Petare where they blocked the roads. It was night-time and police was sent to both locations to disperse the crowds. Now, being night and against regular cops, the criminal element decided to play games and started to take potshots in the general direction of the police and the cops returned the favor. As far as I could find out in Social Media, nobody got shot that night and maybe a couple of arrest with the corresponding ass beating.
In Social media, the criminals were lauded for standing up to the government forces and savior of the people. I mean, the people being robbed and abused every day by the criminals were claiming them to be some sort of heroes. It was surreal to yours truly. I guess a mass version of the Stockholm syndrome was happening.
But come daylight, the slum was suddenly surprised by the arrival of the heavily armed FAES, a mix between SWAT and crash troops who swept the area at gun point, arrested several people and shot at what they did not like. No criminals come out to defend the slum of the arrested compadres. They hid like criminals do when facing superior firepower.
And the People? They shut the hell up and remained inside their homes, afraid they would be next going to the dungeons of the Security forces of the government. The heroes they celebrated so greatly just some hours before, turned out to be a huge disappointment.
The lesson was learned that day. If Criminals do not screw with the government, they will be left alone and won’t be shot. Criminals can continue to screw with the regular folks who get to live between the guns of the Government and the guns of the Bad Guys rendering very meek and peaceful. Two armed minorities reached an understanding and can control an unarmed majority. And the majority is paying the price of electing socialist jackasses and approving one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the world where even airsoft gun and fishing spears need to be regulated and registered.