A photo of CNS News contributor LTC Allen West.

Fresh off of the NRA Annual Meeting and Conference, with an outbreak of violence in Venezuela, this week’s op-ed by LTC West is especially timely.

“Once upon a time, the people of Venezuela were citizens, able to enjoy their life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But, as is the case throughout history, a tyrannical dictator comes along and realizes that the first thing necessary for their ascent to power is to disarm the people. And so it was that Hugo Chavez used the excuse of eliminating gun violence as the reason for gun confiscation. See, when the people are rendered as helpless victims, subjects, the policies of dictators, theocrats, and autocrats are easy to implement. All one must do is look at those aligning themselves with the current socialist dictator of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. Those countries are Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, and Cuba. I would affirm that these are not exactly the most welcoming vacation places for human and individual rights, liberties, and freedoms. And we in America experienced exactly what the people of Venezuela are facing. Just as Maduro has brought in Cuban, Russian mercenaries and is being assisted in the repression of freedom of speech by the Chinese, masters of such, we experienced the British who brought in the vicious Hessians.”

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