Venezuela shows the folly of weapons ban
During the Samurai period in Japan only those chosen by the government were allowed to have swords. Those restrictions led to the innovations in weapons that show up in the martial arts films today. People find creative ways to defend themselves when the government becomes an oppressor. The welder and the blacksmith become weapons manufacturers.
Protesters are using a variety of homemade weapons against troops, including miniature Molotov cocktails and Miguelitos made from hoses festooned with nails.