Two things that have the more excitable citizens of America foaming at the mouths are Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and saying anything negative about their gun laws so when you put the two together the sounds of heads exploding all across the United States must have been deafening.
Personally i have never understood either, to my mind Chavez has been a godsend for the poor in his country and i have never heard a convincing argument to why anyone supports arming their own countrymen to the teeth but there you go, that's just me and when i read that Chavez has banned private gun ownership in Venezuela, i thought this was another example of why Chavez is by far my favourite politician in power today.
I couldn't resist peeking at some of the blogs and sites that Charlton Heston would have been proud to comment on before they prised that gun from his cold, dead hand and sure enough the gun-nuts were out in force condemning the removal of killing machines from the general public.
The general consensus seemed to be that if anyone tried to remove their weapons, they would kill whatever Government official turned up which doesn't really back up their 'i'm sane enough to own a firearm' defence. As sane as the next guy if the next guy happens to be Anders Behring Breivik maybe.
Much about the right to bear arms being the cornerstone of a free society and then just general abuse about Chavez being a fascist/Communist/dictator leading an authoritarian regime and quite a few mentions of hoping he dies from cancer soon after his recent scare.
One comment at a site that had a picture of a gun toting Rambo at the top summed it all up for me.
'When it comes to peace with my fellow man, I ultimately rely on firepower'.
Not understanding, tolerance, empathy or forgiveness, the way to peace is to blast them with as powerful a gun as you can hold.
Keep it up Hugo because when the nutters don't agree with you, you know you are doing something right.