Myanmar Tyranny Made Possible by Government Monopoly of Violence

Any questions, unarmed “citizens”? (Haruno Sakura from Team-7/Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “The military and its brutal practices are an omnipresent fear in Myanmar, one that has intensified since the generals seized full power in a coup last month,” The New York Times reports.” As security forces gun down peaceful protesters on city streets, the violence that is commonplace in the countryside serves as a grisly reminder of the military’s long legacy of atrocities.”

Those atrocities and the “ethnic cleansing” have been well documented elsewhere, so it’s not my purpose here to recount the country’s history and developments that have led to the tyranny that has the country in an iron grip. Suffice it to say people are being brutalized and murdered and protestors and political figures are being rounded up, and some are being killed in custody. And naturally, the military is rescinding publishing and broadcast licenses.

Tyranny requires controlled information and a monopoly of violence. That monopoly is achieved through “gun control” laws, reserving arms for the rulers and their enforcers, and rendering “civilians” subjects. And guess what happens to “subjects” who get out of line?

“The regulation of guns in Myanmar is categorized as restrictive,” GunPolicy.org documents. That’s a globalist citizen disarmament project of the Sydney School of Public Health that partners with the World Health Organization and the United Nations, but which I nonetheless turn to in order to check on laws from around the world. In Myanmar’s case:

“[T]he right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by …  civilians are not allowed to possess any  … no civilian (except for ethnic Chin hunters)… may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition … the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm is three to seven years in prison…”

Frontier Myanmar presents a somewhat different analysis, claiming “Myanmar citizens have the legal right to own a firearm but only a privileged few have licenses and the Ministry of Home Affairs is coy about the matter.”

“[M]ilitary administrations gave priority for firearms ownership to high-profile military veterans and those with whom the juntas were closely associated,” the article notes. “[A]fter nearly 70 years of military dictatorship, it wasn’t strange that the ‘majority of people’ have come to believe that only security forces should hold arms.”

There are several takeaways from this that Americans would do well to understand, although if most of the information is processed through the aforementioned New York Times and what I call the DSM (Duranty/Streicher Media), they’ll never even be told about it in the coverage they see. What those in the media wringing their hands over Myanmar refuse to acknowledge is the citizen disarmament they demand, and the eradication of the most egalitarian power-sharing arrangement ever conceived, is what makes tyranny possible.

Do they really think their turn won’t come?


About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75 (@neanderthal75)
8 months ago

The Burmese military murderous scum are indeed tyrannical genocidists: there is no question of that point at all for honest people!

But just like the genocidal Nazis of the thirties and forties, the Burmese thugs do have style when it comes to those white walls!

They can commit mass murder in style and so be much more easily remembered for their Acts of tyranny!

I really miss White Walls on cars they really did add Style!

Cheers from the oil patch in Central Wyoming

Mack
Mack (@mackhh)
8 months ago

This is a harsh lesson for us what has happened to Burma. It begins by erasing the name. I do you Davis that you keep us updated at WOG with fast breaking developments. Consider these officers who kept their oath and had to flee because of it: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/10/shoot-till-they-are-dead-some-myanmar-police-say-fled-to-india When Tha Peng was ordered to shoot at protesters with his submachine gun to disperse them in the Myanmar town of Khampat on February 27, the police lance corporal said he refused to do so. “The next day, an officer called to ask me if I will shoot,” he said. The 27-year-old… Read more »

crazy joe
crazy joe (@hawk)
8 months ago

as is it could happen here if you let the government take all and give a few dollars to buy ou off.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
8 months ago

Love the big white walls, make for better camouflage.

macdog
macdog (@macdog)
8 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Also love the gate design. Maybe the traitors in DC are considering it for their new red square politburo when the wire fences go away and the permanent fences are built. Oh yeah I forget, per illegit biteme joe and the komizar “fences don’t work”. That’s why they’re hiding behind it.

Arny
Arny (@dmaxter)
8 months ago

All one needs to do there is claim to be a Chin Hunter. The other article stated they have only issued 4 licenses & the Chin hunter wasn’t one of them. Been a while since I saw some white wall tires. They are racist in todays society. Could get you shot. lol https://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/myanmar

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Bill
Bill (@bill1776)
8 months ago
Reply to  Arny

So what does a Chin hunter get to carry? A musket? A single-shot? Maybe a bolt action that holds four plus one?

nrringlee
nrringlee (@nrringlee)
8 months ago

This is the central story of modern history. State power monopolies go evil when not challenged by the people.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
8 months ago
Reply to  nrringlee

and sticks and stones are not the ticket to keep them from taking control, that’s why they go for the guns. Start small and get bigger, ask for 100 and get 20. Inch by inch, step by step, slowly my government has turned against me.

swmft
swmft
8 months ago
Reply to  nrringlee

absolute power corrupts absolutely an armed society is a polite society we do need an affirmative law on the books there are people who need killing

Last edited 8 months ago by swmft