Beware the Threat of ‘Democratic Socialism’ for the 2nd Amendment
With a growing number of politicians no longer afraid to admit what many have suspected for a long time, socialism or “Democratic socialism” is fast gaining acceptance on the public stage in the United States.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Detroit just won seats in the House of Representatives and Andrew Gillum, an unabashed socialist, barely failed to win the governor’s seat in Florida. Like most socialist, the three hold one thing in common, they are avowed enemies of the 2nd Amendment.
This isn’t surprising since our university system churned out class after class of “whatever” studies graduates who do not understand what socialism even is.
Historically, socialism has been defined by the abolition of private property, production of goods and services by the state, and collective ownership under government control.
A recent report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers offered a sobering picture of the most extreme socialist countries in the world. The former Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Castro’s Cuba, and Venezuela exhibit the worst of the failed socialist dream.
But the report shows that more moderate “Democratic Socialist” countries perform miserably in comparison to more-capitalist countries.
Proponents of the European model of “Democratic Socialism” pride themselves on their rejection of individual rights (as in our Bill or Rights). Along with that model comes the inevitable confiscation of any means to protect oneself from a tyrannical government.
As Benjamin Powell of independent.org observed: “The word ‘democratic’ isn’t magic fairy dust when put in front of ‘socialist.’ The socialist portion of democratic socialism still means the state—the government—has undue control over economic decision-making that will result in stagnation.”
One method that socialism uses to ensure the populous does not revolt when the bill for all their free stuff comes due is strict gun control.
Venezuela serves as a glaring example. The country started off as a democratic socialist state when Hugo Chavez was freely elected in 1998. But, as economic and governmental power became more and more centralized under his successor, Nicolas Maduro, the democratic portion of “democratic socialism” soon became merely socialist.
How did Maduro reward those who supported him while ignoring, jailing, harassing the rest? As the economy crumbled with falling oil prices and horrendous mismanagement, he ensured no one might revolt by enacting more and harsher gun control laws.
As socialism infiltrated South America, it saw crime and gun violence escalate. A recent Citizen’s Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice (CCSPJP) ranking showed the 10 most violent cities in the world are exclusively located in Latin America.
This eye-popping level of violence can be attributed to rampant corruption, the lack of the rule of law, and failed drug war policies. What the mainstream media does not report is the one factor that allows this to continue – gun control policies that ensure only the corrupt have access to the weapons.
Countries like Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela have some of the most oppressive gun control policies on the continent.
Since the early 1990s Brazil has passed numerous gun control laws as a supposed attempt to curb crime. As of 2004, less than 4% of the Brazilian population legally owned firearms. The result? Despite Brazil’s gun control status quo, crime rates have continued to rise without end.
The Colombian Constitution allows civilians to possess and carry firearms but not before going through an abundance of red tape and expense. Civilians 18 and older are limited owning small caliber handguns and shotguns with a license. Higher caliber handguns and semi-automatic guns are prohibited, and can only be possessed under “exceptional circumstances.” More troubling is that all guns must be registered with the military which has the sole right to issue gun permits.
Colombia remains among the most violent countries in the region, featuring four cities in the CCSPJP’s top 50 most violent cities rankings.
Mexico, whose new president labels himself as socialist, has one official gun store in the country, located in the capital of Mexico City. Law-abiding citizens must not only submit references and demonstrate that their income was legally earned, they also must be fingerprinted and photographed. Only then can a lucky few hope to purchase a weapon.
In spite of its tough stance on gun control, Mexico is awash with guns in criminal hands.
Eighteenth-century Americans understood the importance of private gun ownership as a protection against potential tyranny and the true meaning of a federal republic with a democratic form of government. “Democratic” socialists do not.