The “consultation” panacea

“Don’t worry people. This new study will make you safer. Even if the prior two didn’t change a thing whatsoever.”

The Chavernment has announced that it will carry out a “National Consultation for a Safe Coexistance”, as part of its most recent security program. This will eventually translate into a study on the matter.

Sadly, as recent history shows, this study could follow the path of two other reports made by the Venezuelan State: The Police Reform Report (known as CONAREPOL) and the Disarmament Report.

The former was written when Jesse Chacon (current head of pollster GIS XXI) was the Interior Minister. But after the final version of such report was delivered, Chacon was replaced by Pedro Carreño, who dismissed its findings altogether. Se perdio esa plata…

Last year, a Presidential Comission was created to present proposals for a new law to take guns off the streets, with bipartisan support from both Chavismo and the opposition. Sadly, the bill continues to be stalled in the National Assembly, as government supporters apparently changed their minds…

Studies are necessary for planning and implementating public policies, but looks like the Chavernment is more interested in using them to buy time. The “sensation of insecurity” continues undeterred in Caracas with an agent of Military Inteligence Directorate as one of its latest victims.

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