March 26, 2008

A little History on Gun Control

A Little Gun Control History Lesson

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

What is the moral of this history lesson...



John Wallace said...

Second Amendment Rights

“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.” - Thomas Jefferson.

I believe that the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is a fundamental, individual Constitutional right that we have a sacred duty to protect. Our Founding Fathers, having endured the tyranny of the British Empire, wanted to guarantee our God-given liberties. Even though they devised a formal system of checks and balances for our government, they were still concerned that the system could fail and that we might someday face a new tyranny, not from a foreign government, but from our own government. They wanted us to be able to defend ourselves, and that’s why they gave us the Second Amendment.

The Founding Fathers knew that a government facing an armed citizenry was less likely to take away our rights, while a disarmed population wouldn’t have much hope. We can see this throughout the world today, as dictators and tyrants use deadly force against their own unarmed citizens. Without our Second Amendment rights, all of our other rights would not be inalienable. They would just be “on loan” from the government. Second Amendment rights belong to individual citizens, not to town, village, city, county, state or federal governments.
As a former law enforcement officer, I know that criminals will always find a way to get guns. By disarming our law-abiding citizens, we take away the strongest deterrent to violent criminals - the uncertainty that their next potential victim might be armed and able to protect themselves. We know that law enforcement personnel can’t be everywhere, all the time. Lawfully-armed citizens have assisted their fellow citizens by using their firearms to prevent robberies, rapes, and the murder of innocents. After some recent emergencies, with regular law enforcement almost non-existent, many victims have been able to protect their lives, their homes, their families and neighbors only because they were armed.

The government has a responsibility to ensure that criminals who violate the law are prosecuted to the fullest, rather than restricting the rights of law abiding citizens. Gun control has been a proven failure in fighting crime and law abiding citizens should not be asked to give up their rights because of criminals who ignore gun control laws anyway.

I oppose attempts to restrict Second Amendment rights by holding gun manufacturers liable for crimes committed by third parties using firearms, which is really aimed at destroying the entire firearms industry as a way to reduce our Second Amendment rights.

I oppose restrictions on so-called “assault rifles.”I believe that every firearms owner has a responsibility to learn how to safely use and store the firearm they have chosen, whether for target shooting, hunting, or personal protection. I support legislation requiring gun manufacturers to include gun safety devices such as trigger locks in product packaging.
I believe that active and former law enforcement officers should be able to carry concealed handguns nationwide.I support instant criminal and mental health background checks to help prohibit criminals and mentally impaired persons from buying firearms, to ensure they are conducted thoroughly, efficiently, and without infringing on the rights of law abiding citizens.
I support legislation that would require an instant criminal background check for all sales at gun shows and believe that such checks must be conducted quickly to ensure that unnecessary delays do not effectively block transactions.I oppose the confiscation of firearms from private citizens, particularly during times of crisis or emergency.

I believe in strict, mandatory penalties for criminals who use a firearm in the commission of a crime or illegally possess a firearm. Enforcing the current gun laws on the books is the best way to deter crime.

John Wallace
Candidate for Congress
NY's 20th COngressional District

Anonymous said...

Good and accurate post except for the portion about Germany. Actually Hitler lesson the gun-control aspects of Germany. It was the liberal Democratic government of 1932 that had enacted gun control prior to Hitlers arrival. Hitler removed only a small portion of it but left most of it in effect. After all, when the Americans conquered Germany they confiscated hunting guns from civilians by the tens of thousands.