Yes, Venezuela has the most restrictive gun control laws in South America. And what good has that done the Venezuelan people? This photo, and the text immediately under the photo, is from PocketInfo dot net, and the data predates Chavez ban on civilian firarms.
The global average of 6.9 murders per 100,000 people is the benchmark for individual governments to monitor where things may be going very wrong within their own countries.
Latin America has consistently had many of the highest murder rates in the world. Many of the murders are related to the drug cartels that operate within the area.
Venezuela | The Venezuela Violence Observatory reported at least 19,336 people have been killed in 2011, an average of 53 people a day. As an indicator Venezuela had one of the highest murder rates in the world of 67 people per 100,000.
In 2012 violence increased dramatically as the Chavez regime closed the gun shops and confiscated registered weapons. So now Venezuela has the worlds highest homicide rate. If Venezuela continues to have 5,300 murders a month, out of a population comparable to that of California, it will hit 220 murders per 100,000 population in 2013. But the monthly murder count is rising.
So Venezuela has the most restrictive gun laws in South America. What has it gotten the people?