SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR ”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we take a look at the ongoing “slow slide” Venezuela.
Lessons From Venezuela: Violence, Crime, & Gangs When SHTF
Reader H.L. Suggested this over at Zero Hedge: Lessons From Venezuela: Violence, Crime, & Gangs When SHTF . A snippet:
“Gangs have been a pain since a long time for everyone, when in the 60s and 70s crime started to band together to gain strength. This was probably related to the appearance of the urban guerrilla (Castro-promoted), who kidnapped and commit crimes all over the country to destroy the stability and the democracy of the country. They recruited members with criminal experience to assist them in the resources collection to finance their political activities, and this started a lot of other criminal actions, on a more serious level. In the barrios, with a large amount of Chavez supporters, these gangs saw where the power balance was, joining to the “cause” and gained impunity and power, oppressing the opposition people.
This said, gangs roamed all over the different regions of the country, respecting each other terrains, enjoying the loot of their crimes. One of the most famous was the called “El tren de Aragua”, dismantled by live fire by death squads some time ago.”
A New York RINO Defects on Gun Legislation
Mentioned by reader C.B., and also seen linked over at Whatfinger.com  is this troubling news: Rep. Pete King is the first Republican to sign on to the assault weapons ban . Here is a quote:
“The Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 was rolled out in February by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), with 190 other Democrats onboard. An additional 11 lawmakers signed on after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left dozens of people dead and many more injured, with King being among the most recent.
King had been the lead sponsor of a bill improving background checks when Republicans controlled the House and was already one of a handful of Republicans backing that bill now.
He had already been considering the assault weapons ban, but the shootings in Ohio and Texas raised the level of urgency.
“I think the assault weapons ban is timely now, especially in view of the shooting in El Paso and Dayton,” King said.”
JWR’s Comment: So much for standing on principle and your oath to defend the Constitution, Mr. King! You sound like a weatherman reporting that a barometer has shifted. Law-making should not be based on media-driven sentiment.
Seriously, folks: You need to contact both of your senators, and your congressman, repeatedly, regardless of their party affiliation. DO NOT consider them “safe” just because they are Republicans! Remind them of their oath, and that the Second Amendment is an absolute. The magic number of votes on the House side is 218, and 51 on the Senate side. Don’t let them get there!
Presently, both a Federal Red Flag law and a private party transfer criminalization (H.R. 8  “Universal Background Checks”) seem to be in the fait accompli category. The Democrats are now asking: “How much more can we get?” They are hoping for a combined “assault weapons” and 11+ round magazine ban. Don’t let them get it!
How Long Can Your Keep Your Magazines Loaded?
The Real Threat Posed by Red Flag Laws
Over at Don McAlvany’s web site: What’s Wrong with Red Flag Laws? After All, They Don’t Apply to Me!  Here is a key quote:
“Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) joined with John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, to expose Colorado’s recently enacted red flag law. Under that law, ‘anyone at all can make a phone call to the police. They don’t even have to be living in the state. There is no hearing. All the judge has before him is the statement of concern.’
Red flag laws have nothing to do with mental health. Only one of the seventeen states now inflicting red flag laws on their citizens even uses the term. Wrote Massie and Lott: ‘It’s about figuring out who is going to commit a crime (or suicide). This is the realm of science fiction.'”
Patreon Says They Control Your Brand – We Are Leaving!
From Jon Patton of TGC News: Patreon Says They Control Your Brand – We Are Leaving!