Gun Control — Associations with authoritarianism
Historically, totalitarian regimes have passed gun control legislation, which was later followed by confiscation, with Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany during World War II (as well as some communist states) being well known examples. Once the Nazis had taken and consolidated their power, they proceeded to implement gun control laws to disarm the Jewish population and wipe out the opposition, and the genocide of disarmed Jews, gypsies, and other "undesirables" followed.
According to the Weimar Republic 1928 Law on Firearms & Ammunition, firearms acquisition or carrying permits were "only to be granted to persons of undoubted reliability, and—in the case of a firearms carry permit—only if a demonstration of need is set forth." The Nazi Weapons Law of March 18, 1938 was very similar in structure and wording, but relaxed gun control requirements for the general population. However, it prohibited manufacturing of firearms and ammunition by Jews. Shortly thereafter, in the additional Regulations Against Jews' Possession of Weapons of November 11, 1938, Jews were forbidden from possession of any weapons at all. On November 9. 1938 , the New York Times reported that "The Berlin Police President, Count Wolf Heinrich von Helldorf, announced that as a result of a police activity in the last few weeks, the entire Jewish population of Berlin had been 'disarmed' with the confiscation of 2,569 hand weapons, 1,702 firearms and 20,000 rounds of ammunition."
Lawyer Stephen Halbrook, in the article "Nazi Firearms Law and the Disarming of the German Jews", asserts that "Gun control laws are depicted as benign and historically progressive. However, German firearm laws and hysteria created against Jewish firearm owners played a major role in laying the groundwork for the eradication of German Jewry in the Holocaust."
Political scientist and lawyer Bernard Harcourt of the University of Chicago Law School, in discussing the issue of totalitarianism and gun control, has stated: "To be sure, the Nazis were intent on killing Jewish persons and used the gun laws and regulations to further the genocide", but concluded that the firearms laws were not central to implementing the Holocaust.
In Tzarist Russia personal gun ownership was legal, allowing Bolsheviks and other revolutionaries to import a great number of guns for the purpose of overthrowing the Tzar. For example, in 1905, during the Russo-Japanese War, ship "Sirius" delivered to Russian revolutionaries 8,500 rifles paid by the government of Japan. In December 1918 during the Russian Civil War the Bolsheviks made it a crime for citizens other than members of their own party to own guns. Bolsheviks were allowed to own 1 rifle and 1 revolver. In any case, there was considerable hunting in Russia during the Soviet era. Vasily Zaytsev, the much celebrated Soviet sniper at the Battle of Stalingrad, learned to shoot in the Ural Mountains hunting deer and wolves with his grandfather and younger brother.
Kopel has claimed that the Battles of Lexington and Concord, sometimes known as the Shot heard 'round the world, in 1775, were started in part because General Gage sought to carry out an order by the British government to disarm the populace. According to Harvey, this was not gun control but an act of war: the rebels had already formed a shadow government, were training militias, and tensions between them and the British colonial government were at the breaking point. In either case, Gage sent his troops to Concord to seize and destroy the rebel militia's military weapons depot, and to Lexington to capture two of the rebel leaders, Samuel Adams and John Hancock.
I'm not one to sit around in a tinfoil hat but the slippery slope our country is on is no bueno. Disarming law abiding citizens isn't going to do one got damn thing to reduce crime in this country. If bad guys want guns, bad guys will get guns no matter how many you take way from John Q. Public. Look at Chicago - some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country and it's one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/us/st ... wanted=all
And this is coming from a liberal rag like the nyt.
This is rich, “Our gun strategy is only as strong as it is comprehensive, and it is constantly being undermined by events and occurrences happening outside the city — gun shows in surrounding counties, weak gun laws in neighboring states like Indiana and the inability to track purchasing,” Mr. Emanuel said. “This must change.”
Read — the criminals are still getting guns and it's all the legal gun owners' fault. Our laws are great — it's the rest of you messing things up for us here in sunny, safe Chicago.
History repeats. Always does.
One final question then it's back to the books for a few more months: why does DHS need 1.6 billion rounds? Seriously. To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war. Against who?
Some of you are missing the forest for the trees on this one. I was too for some time. Now that it has come into clear focus, the current trashing of the Constitution on multiple levels is alarming. Just in case you need a refresher: