A Compulsion to Disarm: The History of Grabby Governments Since 1026 BC

In the wake of the 2018 mid-term elections, so-called “gun control” is back in the news. Even though the murder rate in the United States is declining and at a 33-year low, the mass media’s much-heralded “threat of gun violence” has politicians in a frenzy much like those seen in 1968 and 1994. Gun control laws and decrees should be called out for what they really are: Systematic Civilian Disarmament. In Western nations, most such legislation usually starts small, progressing from registration to wholesale confiscation. First one category of weapons is banned, and then another. Gradually, these draconian laws can ramp up to the point where most citizens can’t even possess air rifles and crossbows. To understand the origins of these laws, we need to examine both some psychology and some history.

 

Inherent Compulsions

There is a distinct psychology of humans who gain positions of power. They almost immediately develop a “we/they” outlook on life that can eventually develop into narcissism and paranoia. This is most pronounced in dictators, but even petty bureaucrats display the same sinful tendencies:

  1. The desire to consolidate and accumulate more power.  (In its extreme, totalitarianism and megalomania.)
  2. Fear and dislike of competitors to their power.
  3. A tendency toward corruption and nepotism. (Typically, as a means to consolidate power in an inner circle.)
  4. Belief that laws only apply to “little people.”
  5. A compulsion toward a monopoly of force, that necessitates arming the “we” whilst disarming the “they.”

With that sadly almost universal psychological makeup in mind, let’s move on to some historical examples of governors and governments that have felt compelled to disarm those they rule. They leave arms only in the hands of those that they trust. (These trusted folks are usually called “comrades” (cronies), “bodyguards”, “trained police”, “military professionals”, and “loyal cadres.”)

Many people mistakenly believe that systematic civilian disarmament was an invention of the 20th Century. Here in America, gun restrictions actually got a very early start. The first General Assembly of Virginia met in Jamestown in 1619. There, the settlers enacted more than 30  laws to govern the fledgling colony. One of these laws was a monopoly of force provision that included this wording : “…[t]hat no man do sell or give any Indians any piece, shot, or powder, or any other arms offensive or defensive, upon pain of being held a traitor to the colony and of being hanged as soon as the fact is proved…”  Yes, they had the death penalty for selling a firearm or ammunition to an Indian!

Gun laws were not systematic, widespread, and applicable to the general citizenry until after the Civil War. It was in the late 1860s that such laws got their start at the  state level. In this Reconstruction period in the former Confederate States, state governments sought to keep freed slaves from asserting their rights. These were the first states to systematically ban carrying concealed knives or handguns. Not surprisingly, those inherently racist laws were only selectively enforced, based on skin tone.

Three Millennia Of Disarmament

But to back up even more… If we dig in to historical texts, we can see that organized efforts to disarms civilians have been going on for at least three millennia. In the Bible we read an early account of civilian disarmament in the book of 1st Samuel, where it describes a successful effort by Philistine governors to disarm the Israelites. This was at about the same time that Saul was anointed as Israel’s first king (in 1026 BC):

“Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:

But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his [plow]share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.

Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.

So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.” – 1Sam. 13:19-22 (KJV)

Later, the Israelites were systematically disarmed by successive waves of invaders, most notably:

  1. The Babylonians–following the Battle of Carchemish in 605 BC.
  2. The Macedonian Greeks led by Alexander The Great in 332 B.C.E.. After Alexander’s death in 323 BC, Greek occupational rule of the Levant was continued by the Seleucid Greeks. The Jewish revolt against Seleucid rule was described in detail in the apocryphal books 1st and 2nd Maccabees. Aside from the Greeks defiling the Temple in Jerusalem, one of the main reasons for the Maccabean Revolt was that the Greeks had disarmed the Jews to the extent that they could not even carry a knife to defend themselves against robbers.
  3. The Romans–from 6 AD to 135 AD. This occupation was detailed by Flavius Josephus, in his histories titled Antiquities of the Jews and Wars of the Jews. (After the burning of Jerusalem in AD 70, the great Diaspora began. The nation of Israel would not be reconstituted until 1948.)
  4. Under the British Mandate, by the British Army from 1945 to 1947. Jews had to create more than 1,500 hidden weapons caches, while waiting out the British Army’s departure.
  5. Finally, starting in 1948, by their own newly established government. Since most of the leaders of the new government had a European background, they foolishly imitated their former masters and set up small arms registration schemes for Israel. And, like the Europeans, they fairly quickly banned private ownership of heavier weapons. Getting a permit to own a firearm in modern day Israel is a minor nightmare. It now requires a background check, a physician’s statement, and paying a regular fee. Further, most permit holders are only allowed to own one firearm (usually a pistol), and to possess no more than 50 rounds of ammunition at a time.  Roughly 40 percent of requests for gun permits are rejected.
The Japanese Sword Hunts

In the Wiki world, we read about systematic civilian disarmament in Feudal Japan:

“Several times in Japanese history, the new ruler sought to ensure his position by calling a sword hunt (katanagari). Armies would scour the entire country, confiscating the weapons of the enemies of the new regime. In this manner, the new ruler sought to ensure that no one could take the country by force as he had just done. The most famous sword hunt was ordered by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1588.

Prior to the sword hunt called by Oda Nobunaga towards the end of the 16th century, civilians were free to carry swords for defense or simply for decoration. Nobunaga sought an end to this, and ordered the seizure of swords and a variety of other weapons from civilians, in particular the Ikkō-ikki peasant-monk leagues which sought to overthrow samurai rule.”

You can read the entire article at Infogalactic.

It is interesting to note that both the Israelites and the Japanese peasantry resorted to using farming implements as weapons, after they had been disarmed. Most famously, the martial arts weapon known as Nunchaku (aka “Nunchucks’ in modern parlance) got their start as a two-piece grain harvesting flail.

Here is another wiki quote: “Okinawans, under the rule of foreign powers, were prohibited from carrying weapons or practicing with them in public. But the weapons-based fighting that they secretly practiced (and the types of weapons they practiced with) had strong Chinese roots.”  Many of these weapons were repurposed or simple adaptations of existing farming tools.”

 

Early European Disarmament Programs

Perhaps the earliest systematic civilian disarmament scheme in Europe was created by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa The First. He issued the Peace Ordinance of 1152. That law forbade peasants from carrying swords and lances. Only nobles were allowed to be armed, in peacetime.

The French nobility also got an early start at disarming those Deplorable Peasants. In the 1440s King Louis XI signed an order called The Noble Privileges, which mentions the right of Nobles to carry swords. All others had no such privileges.

In 1533, the crown of England issued this edict:

“An Act for shooting in Cross Bows and Hand Guns Whosoever shall shoot in any Hand Gun or Cros Bow or keep any in his House except he has Land Annuities or Offices to the yearly Value of an Hundred Pounds shall forfeit Ten Pounds for every Offence and a Justice of the Peace may commit the Offender to Gaol until he hath paid the same Forfeiture All former Placards made to shoot in either of them shall be void.”

It is interesting that the 1533 English law exempted wealthy people–that is, anyone with a net worth of One Hundred Pounds. In today’s currency, that is the equivalent of near $800,000 USD.  Once again, it was the Deplorable Peasants that powers the Powers That Be of that era meant to disarm.

Weapons prohibition gradually increased in western Europe in the 17th, 18, and 19th centuries.  Along with mass production of arms in the 1800s came the standard practice of stamping serial numbers. And that opened up the opportunity for governments to register not just owners but particular guns to particular owners.

 

The 20th Century: The Century of Genocide

What is now called “common sense gun control” was adopted by many nations around the world in the 20th Century, with disastrous results for human life and liberty. Although nearly all of Europe now has gun registration, there have been a number of notable campaigns to outright disarm the European citizenry:

The Ottoman Turkish government began systematic civilian disarmament in the 1890s. These laws were not equally enforced. It was non-Muslims that were singled out for prosecution. In 1901, H. F. B. Lynch–a British travelogue writer–described the Armenians of Turkey as “rigorously prohibited from possessing firearms.” The Armenian Genocide (1915 to 1922) saw some 1.5 million disarmed Armenians killed. They died at the hands of Turkish Army troops, police, and civil administrators. Most of the Armenian genocide victims were Christians.

As early as 1918, the Soviet Union established systematic civilian disarmament. In December of 1918, the Council of People’s Commissars issued decree on the surrender of weapons. As documented at the Infogalactic wiki: The citizenry was ordered to surrender “…any firearms, swords, bayonets and bombs, regardless of the degree of serviceability. The penalty for not doing so was ten years imprisonment. Members of the Communist Party were allowed to have a single weapon (a pistol or a rifle) and possession of the weapon was recorded in the party membership book. On December 12, 1924 the Central Executive Committee of the USSR promulgated its degree “On the procedure of production, trade, storage, use, keeping and carrying firearms, firearm ammunition, explosive projectiles and explosives”, all weapons were classified and divided into categories. Now the weapons permitted for personal possession by ordinary citizens could only be smoothbore hunting shotguns. The other category of weapons were only possessed by those who were put on duty by the Soviet state; for all others, access to these weapons was restricted to within state regulated shooting ranges. Illegal gun possession was severely punished. Since March 1933 the manufacture, possession, purchase, sale of firearms (except for smoothbore) hunting weapons without proper authorization was punishable by up to five years in prison. In 1935, the same penalty was imposed for possession of knives.”

From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million disarmed dissidents in the Soviet Union were either systematically starved, exiled to Siberian gulags, or exterminated. Some of these pogroms were on a grand scale. Most notably, there was the forced starvation in the Ukraine, called The Holodomor. (“To kill by starvation”). This man-made famine of 1932-1933 was also also known as the Terror-Famine or the  Famine-Genocide.

Nazi Germany established systematic civilian disarmament in 1938. Under the Law on the Reunification of Austria with Germany of 13 March 1938, most guns in Germany became subject to registration. But even earlier, in Section 5 of the First Regulations of the German Citizenship Law of 14 November 1935 (Reichsgesetzblatt 1, p. 1332) Jews were named in particular as prohibited from “acquiring, possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition”, as well as “truncheons or stabbing weapons”. From 1939 to 1945, no less than 6 million Jews and 4 million others were segregated, rounded up, and systematically worked and/or starved to death or outright exterminated by gassing or gunfire. Their bodies were then either cremated or buried in mass graves.

During World War II, Nazi Germany invaded and occupied parts or all of 18 countries. (This included some of the Channel Islands that were part of the United Kingdom.) In the majority of those countries, the Nazis immediately seized gun registration records held by local police. Using those records, they confiscated nearly all guns in private hands. This systematic civilian disarmament made occupying these nations much easier, and any organized resistance quite difficult.

In Hungary, systematic civilian disarmament began soon after the end of World War II. The Soviets were successful in quashing the attempted counter-revolution of 1956 because they mainly faced unarmed (or grossly under-armed) civilians. More than 2,500 Hungarians died in the failed counter-revolution.

Yugoslavia began systematic civilian disarmament immediately after the end of World War II.  In the Kosovo War that erupted with the inevitable breakup of Yugoslavia, there were widespread kidnappings, summary executions, and civilian massacres.  Programs of “ethnic cleansing”–primarily through forced property dispossession and relocation–caused untold misery in the late 1990s.  In the Kosovo War it was primarily ethnic Albanians who were systematically killed. The worst of these were in the Dubrava Prison massacre, the Meja massacre, and the Orahovac massacre. These massacres underscored the sad truth: Disarmed people can be victimized en masse. And in this case, it was a nominally Christian government that was oppressing  Muslims.

 

Systematic Civilian Disarmament In East Asia

In 1948, Indonesia established systematic civilian disarmament with enactment of Law No. 8/1948 On Firearms, followed by Emergency Law No. 12/1951 On the Illegal Possession of Firearms , and Law No. 62/1960 On Gun Licenses.  Beginning in December 1975 and up until October 1999, Indonesia conducted a brutal occupation and mass killings in East Timor (Timor-Leste).  In each village that the Indonesians successively occupied, Indonesian troops knew exactly where to go to round up Timorese-owned guns. Most of them had been dutifully registered. The civilian death toll for East Timor in the period of 1974 to 1999 was estimated at roughly 103,000 people.

Communist China established systematic civilian disarmament throughout all their territories in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million disarmed political dissidents were rounded up and exterminated. Then, again in from 1966 until 1976, Chairman Mao initiated the Cultural Revolution. This was intended to purge “remnants of capitalist and traditional elements” from The People’s Republic. According to Wikipedia:  “…millions of people were persecuted and suffered a wide range of abuses including public humiliation, arbitrary imprisonment, torture, hard labor, sustained harassment, seizure of property and sometimes execution. A large segment of the population was forcibly displaced, most notably the transfer of urban youth to rural regions during the Down to the Countryside Movement. Historical relics and artifacts were destroyed and cultural and religious sites were ransacked.”

Simultaneously, The Great Famine, created by communist Central Planning resulted in the deaths of approximately 45 million Chinese citizens. Any attempts at rebellion by anti-communists were put down with extreme force by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The PLA was successful because they had a monopoly on force. Only loyal communist cadres were armed. All others had long since been systematically disarmed.

Communist China invaded Tibet in 1950. There, they quickly embarked on systematic civilian disarmament. The PLA had a devious three-part plan to subjugate Tibet:  Gun restrictions, imprisoning or deporting those who resisted, and bringing in thousands of ethnic Chinese settlers, to shift demographics. Those all worked, and Tibet is still under Chinese control, nearly 80 years later.

Cambodia (aka Kampuchea) established systematic civilian disarmament in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, mostly during the second term of Pol Pot, as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, one million intellectuals, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

 

In Africa

Uganda established systematic civilian disarmament under the Firearms Act of 1970. During the rule of Muslim dictator Idi Amin (from January 1971 to April, 1979), 300,000 people mostly Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Here is an insightful quote from the Infogalactic wiki: “Amin recruited his followers from his own ethnic group, the Kakwas, along with South Sudanese. By 1977, these three groups formed 60 percent of the 22 top generals and 75 percent of the cabinet. Similarly, Muslims formed 80 percent and 87.5 percent of these groups even though they were only 5 percent of the population. This helps explain why Amin survived eight attempted coups.”

Zimbabwe’s dictatorship led by Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party began systematic civilian disarmament in 1981. They focused on disarming the minority Ndebele tribe of western Zimbabwe. Then, starting in 1983, there was a series of hushed-up massacres in Matabeleland by the Fifth Brigade of the Zimbabwean Army. Those took the lives of 20,000 Ndebele tribe men, women, and children. In 2015 it was revealed that Mugabe had personally ordered the main massacre series, commonly known as The Gukurahundi killings.

The nation of Sudan (which later partitioned into Sudan and South Sudan), ruled by an Islamist government, implemented the “Arms, Ammunition and Explosives Act of 1986.”  This law requires the registration of most firearms, and entirely bans civilian possession of most military weapons. According to Pierre-Richard Prosper, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues of the U.S. State Department, in the Second Sudanese civil war (1983 to 2005), “…the Government of Sudan engaged in a policy to destroy the predominately Christian and animist south. Death and destruction reached staggering proportions. Credible estimates from human rights organizations suggest that two million people have perished, four million have been internally displaced, and nearly 400,000 have been forced to live in neighboring countries as refugees.”

 

Systematic Civilian Disarmament In The Americas

Cuba established systematic civilian disarmament soon after Fidel Castro took power on July 26th, 1959.  By restricting firearms almost all gun ownership to the military, police, and a few loyal communist paramilitary cadres, any organized resistance to to the Castro regime was almost impossible.

Guatemala established systematic civilian disarmament in 1964, by the Directorate General for Control of Arms and Ammunition (DIGECAM). From 1964 to 1981, roughly 100,000 disarmed Mayan Indians were rounded up and killed.

The Mexican Constitution of 1857 promised that: “…every man has the right to keep and to carry arms for his security and legitimate defense.” However, in 1917, in response to a revolution led by Pancho Villa, their constitution was amended.  Under one amendment citizens were precluded from being able to buy weapons “reserved for use by the military”.  Another amendment forbade carrying “…arms within inhabited places… …without complying with police regulations.” Mexico was successful in stopping several revolutions. Gun laws were a key part of their strategy.  But now, in the 21st Century, there has been an unintendend consequence: Mexico’s drug cartels now run rampant.  They just ignore the country’s gun registration, caliber restriction, and firearm category restriction laws. The gangs import or even manufacture weapons, with impunity. The police are outnumbered. And because of civilian disarmament laws the general citizenry is vastly out-gunned by the drug gangs. They are at their mercy.

In the United States, there were no Federal gun laws until 1934. Then, in the midst of the Great Depression, with a Democrat-dominated 73rd Congress and with Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the White House, the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA-34) was enacted. This law put a $200 tax on machineguns, silencers, short-barreled rifles, and short-barreled shotguns. The machinegun law was expanded in 1986, when an outright freeze on the production or importation of any new machineguns transferable to civilians was enacted. After the NFA-34 tax morphed into a quasi-ban, the prices of transferable machineguns have risen astronomically. Just a two ounce AR-15 registered drop-in autosear now sells for as much as $34,000!

As you can see, over the centuries the gun-grabby compulsions of governments keep coming back, like a bad rash.  Sooner or later, centralized governments almost always gravitate toward a monopoly of force. And even in nominally “democratic” countries, gun prohibition laws have led to suffering and death on a monumental scale.

 

We, The Deplorables

The gun politics of the 21st Century have become intensely divisive. The increasingly populous and liberal coastal states are at odds with the conservative lightly-populated interior. The published talking points and “messaging’ of the gun grabbers reveal that they are willing to twist statistics, mischaracterize events, and vilify their enemies, in order to get their way. We are now viewed as “deplorables” by the media, academia, the Democrat party, and even by the euphemistically-labeled “moderate” wing of the Republican party. To the urban elite, we are seen as disloyal, deplorable, and despicable country bumpkins. This viewpoint was revealed in 2008 by then-candidate Barack Hussein Obama, when he went off-script at a campaign town hall meeting. In those remarks, he described working-class people in traditional industrial towns thusly: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

I’m proud to call myself a Bitter Clinger. I will defy their unconstitutional gun laws, even if means going to prison or dying in combat. The alternative–complying and simply watching the history of genocide repeated–is not acceptable to me.

Whether its now spoken or not, Obama’s view of the We/They Paradigm is clearly shared by leftists and statists at all levels of government. They see us clinging to our guns as a threat to their power. And in one sense, they are right. We will continue to cling to our guns as long as governments continue to pursue a monopoly of force and creep toward total government. This is what the Second Amendment is all about: It provides a final check on the ambitions of those with unlimited ambition.

Learn from the mistakes of history. Do not allow them to be repeated! – JWR

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45 Comments

  1. Thank you for the great and informative article Mr. Rawles.

    Question: At the time Virginia instituted the death penalty for selling a firearm or ammunition to an Indian, were the Indians a danger to the colony? I don’t know the history of the Virginia colony that well but I do know certain tribes were friendly and some were adversaries. In a more modern context, I could see this like an American citizen selling arms to the Germans during WW2. Of course today the idea of prohibiting Americans of Native or German ancestry their right to keep and bear arms is reprehensible, but the context of the times could put a different light on the subject.

  2. Excellent piece Mr. Rawles. I’m going to suggest my wife read this. Every time I come home from my local supply store, I have to listen to her nagging on why I need another rifle, spare mags, or God forbid, more ammo.

    1. Here in California, those few who are aware of the upcoming 2019 ammo registration requirements have been slowly stockpiling over the past couple of years. Another box or two with every trip to the store…paid via cash, of course. 😉

        1. No; CA stops everyone at the border to search cars under the guise of preventing quarantined agricultural products from getting in the the state; blanket cause for search and seizure…

      1. “Oh My Lord!” Guesty,

        The comrades of the peoples republic of Kaliforniastan are finally going to make ammo illegal. Figures, I thought they’d have done that along time ago. I left the Left coast in 2000. You might think of gathering the reloading components for the firearms you own. Plus brass, lead, and powder. You guys are reverting back to the later half of the 17th century. And, on that note, I’ll say “keep your powder dry pilgrim!.”

  3. It happens everywhere, everywhen, with a wearying, predictable inevitability. An oscillation with the length of the pendulum’s string, the mass of the bob and the amplitude of the swing permutated and tweaked bit by bit from time to time, but never really altered.

    The only thing that grows is the depth and breadth and efficency of Man’s inhumanity to himself.

    “I can change almost anything. But I can’t change human nature.”

    “They claim their labors are to build a heaven, yet their heaven is populated by horrors. Perhaps the world is not made. Perhaps nothing is made. A clock without a craftsman.
    It’s too late.

    Always has been. Always will be.”

    — Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, 1986

    1. Very good post. And the pendulum seems to be swinging back to the point where we were in the 1940s, the elimination of the communist threat to the world-as we eliminated the nazi threat back then. A horrible prospect, total war, but becoming increasingly imperative for decent people to do. This means all left-leaning Americans,and all subversives. Get out ! Head first or feet first ! It is coming.

  4. Re. We Deplorables

    “We got ours.” Those three words describe red-county Americans today. This old coot fought for liberty for 40 years. I put skin in the game and paid a dear earthly price. Liberty lost.

    The Republicans’ NDAA destroyed our Bill of Rights. Jefferson’s ‘tree of liberty’ fell on our watch. Not a shot was fired. That was 7-1/2 years ago. Like A. B. Prosper said on thezman, “Americans may have hundreds of millions of guns and metric tons of ammo but the question is do they have anything they will fight for?” Will we wait until the enemy is literally at our door or that of our children? Apparently, ‘Yes’.

    Thomas Paine’s words In ‘Common Sense’ would ring as true today as they did in 1776. He warned of a lack of masculinity, a short-sighted and selfish attitude that disregards its effects on future generations. Paine spoke to people being content with conditions that “will last my time”. Today Paine’s words would fall on deaf ears.

  5. It is disingenuous to blame all gun registration schemes in Germany during the 1930s on the National Socialists. In a side by side comparison of the 1923 law and the 1938 law it is evident that registration was enacted by the Weimar government 10 years before the National Socialists came to power. The Weimar government did this in an attempt to disarm their political opponents, the National Socialists.

    When the National Socialists came to power in 1933, it took them five years to finally get around to addressing the gun law. They amended it to suit their needs but the registration scheme was ALREADY in the law.

    This is a simplistic view of what happened but it is the truth.

    1. The POINT, for those of you who missed it, is that all guns were confiscated and mass extermination followed, not coincidentally. It matters not one bit who did the confiscation, unless you are trying to make some OTHER point.

      1. My point, Mr. Hail, is that IF we are going to tell the truth, then tell the WHOLE truth. Lets not lie by omission.

        I am not interested in half-truths. The left tells enough of them as it is.

        1. I agree with Snotty Boy on this one. Hitler did amend gun laws for his supporters. The confiscation was implemented by the Weimar government in effort to show good faith for the allied forces.

          What is more, if you do some research in the Yale law review data base, you may find some shocking info as it pertains to the GCA of 68. And lastly, crossbows were said to be unfit for civilian ownership by the Catholic church during the 1500 or 1600s. Interesting article today, JWR.

  6. Thank You Sir, excellent overview.

    I would note that the design upon our liberties is evidenced in the very slightest of any gun laws. A government need not fear a free people. Fear is the “Inherent Compulsion.” The more power gathered, the more fear of losing it.

    I see where you went by classifying the prohibition on the sale of arms to foreign peoples (Indians) as gun control. “Foreign” has nothing to do with lines on a map. I say this even in the face of the overwhelming evidence of other ethnic slaughters and of Christians being disarmed and then slaughtered. I wonder how many who read this will take the critical thought leap of recognizing Us and Them and further, putting these concepts into practice here and now. Does our government then, not see Christians as foreign? And let’s pull this thread a little more; Mr. Trump used the term Deplorable to describe me, but has embarked on Veterans Affairs Red Flag laws, prompted state level Red Flag laws, and has created an entirely new exra-constitutional procedure by the banning of Bump Stocks in an administrative manner, a procedure that WILL be used again, and again. Beware the man who calls you deplorable affectionately on the one hand and seeks a gun controlled Police State on the other. Am I not foreign to my government both right and left?

    Why does the American Church not talk about the Armenian Genocide, or the Africa Christian Genocides? And, long before Hitler came for the Jews he nationalized the Church and then first killed a million Christians because, well, they resisted tyranny. Why doesn’t the American Church talk about this? I’m desperately confused, since being saved by Christ in 2009, why American Christians won’t fight back, against anything. What’s wrong with them?

    (Also, granting that it’s his actual historical title, no man has been or is or will be holy, save Christ. There was nothing holy about Frederick Barbarossa. I take exception to deifying Romanisms’ Pagan Idols. I know that you didn’t mean it that way but its use perpetuates the lie.)

    – ProGunFred

    1. Holy Roman Empire German Nation not holy Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa.

      It was considered a holy from god Mission to hold the western Roman empire.

      Interestingly did his law forbade the carrying of weapons or the carrying of Sword and lance?

      1. I should probably clarify what I mean in my comment above.

        What I mean is that the gun control provisions set forth in the National Firearms Act of 1934, the Gun Control Act of 1968, and the restrictions on new manufacture of machine guns for private sale (1986) are working well.

        1. Working? Really? With machinegun prices elevated to the stratosphere? With somewhere between 5 and 10 un-registered machineguns and SBRs in circulation in private hands for every registered one? Turning hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens into un-convicted felons? How’s that “working” for America? Those firearms tax and ban laws are unconstitutional, and need to be abolished!

        2. S. Boy- Please state specifically how these laws are “working well”. Working well for what objective ? It appears that you are coming at this subject from a totally different perspective than many of the readers here at Survivalblog.com . I am not suggesting that we are monolithic, but you seem to have a very unique point of view, judging from your sometimes puzzling posts. Please explain further.

        3. Also not sure I agree with S. Boy on this one either! JWR said it better than I can. And ditto Nathan Hail’s point “but you seem to have a very unique point of view, judging from your sometimes puzzling posts. Please explain further.” I’ve read your posts before, and I’m not sure where you are coming from (or from where you are coming, as my English teacher would have corrected me).

  7. Whats remarkable is that the first part describes our present President to a Tee, I remember when he was a declared democrat from New York city. My theory is a majority of people in large metropolitan cities have strong gun control tendencies. I fear the left majority in the House and the unstable Executive branch leadership doesn’t bode well for those of us who believe in the 2A. Hopefully our Senate will prevail. Please let your Senators know how you feel about the slippery slope we are sliding on.

  8. And who said… “This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!”

    Adolph Hitler said it in a 1933 speech to the German people.

  9. Looking at it from the point of view of the statists who enacted the legislation, it is working well.

    The Gun Control Act of 1968 licenses those who would make a living manufacturing or selling firearms and ammunition. Those who want to make such a living dutifully line up for said government license. To do otherwise is “against the law”. I’d say that the intent of the law is working well.

    If you want to buy a brand new firearm you are forced by the government to buy it through a government licensed “dealer”. So everyone dutifully lines up and buys their brand-new firearms through someone with a government license. I’d say that the government control scheme is working well.

    The NFA of 1934 registered machine guns and then levies a tax on the transfer of those registered machine guns. If you want one then you dutifully line up and jump through the government mandated hoops.

    Any machine gun not registered with the government is considered contraband by the government and those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. There are those dutiful gun owners that will turn someone in who has a non-government registered machine gun. So I’d say from the statists point of view the NFA works very well.

    The fact is, the unintended consequence of the NFA and the 1986 ban on new manufactured machine guns for private sale has elevated prices to atmospheric levels, effectively putting ownership of machine guns out of the reach of almost everyone. If that was ultimately the statists goal, well then it has worked pretty well. Don’t you think?

    The fact is, from the government’s point of view, all of the big gun control laws enacted before the 1990s have worked very well indeed. They have controlled who can buy a gun, where you can buy it, and what type of gun you can buy. They have controlled the private sale of firearms across state lines and they are trying to control ALL private sales.

    The worst part of this is the normalcy with which the average American gunowner views these laws. To be a law-abiding gun owner one MUST obey the law.

    These laws are merely behavior modification tools of the statists. And most Americans are more than happy to have their behavior modified by the government supremists.

    Don’t get me wrong I am NOT in favor of ANY gun control schemes of ANY kind. But because of the present threat to firearms ownership, most lose sight of the fact that the government has been VERY successful, in the past, in controlling guns. Every Form 4473 that is filled out lends legitimacy to the statists control scheme.

  10. And how about the Horable Congressman Swalwell’s idea to use nukes or attack helicopters to eliminate American gun enthusiasts ? …here is one man’s idea-http://monsterhunternation.com/2018/11/19/the-2nd-amendment-is-obsolete-says-congressman-who-wants-to-nuke-omaha/

  11. For those who are interested, the novel, Unintended Consequences, by John Ross, is a fascinating, fictional story of how USA gun laws affected individuals in several families over a period of decades. Over 800 pages long, it’s not for light readers.

  12. There are dozens of organizations “fighting gun control”!
    When are the NRA, GOA, and others going to start working to Repeal gun control laws! It is past time to quit compromising with the “enemy” and fight them. No retreat! No compromise! Demand repeal of all laws restricting our right to remain free and Armed!!

    1. Are you a member of those organizations ? If so, then make your voice heard. Get active. If not, then it is none of your business telling them what to do. And realistically, how do you expect the feds to repeal gun laws when we can’t even get enough voters to vote for non communist representatives in the recent elections ? The system is rigged against us, and we are not doing anything about it. We need to support the President in the next election, or we are sunk. Don’t go around saying that others should do this and that unless you are doing it yourself. I am not telling you to do anything that I myself am not doing.

  13. My friend, Ron, after reading your article had an addendum: After Hideyoshi (see “Japanese Sword Hunts” in the article) had passed from the scene, Tokugawa Ieyasu fought and won a civil war using fusils, an early firearm. Once in power, he outlawed firearms and only allowed Samurai to have weapons of war. Japan knew peace (lack of warfare) from 1603 until the 1868 Mejii Restoration, quite a remarkable achievement. Still, there were plenty of weapons in Japan, just not the will to use them outside of banditry and self-protection from banditry when the government forces were too remote to intervene.

    Over 250 years without war. I’m curious to learn more and will certainly do so.

    Carry on.

  14. Jim

    You forgot the Czech’s…….. a year before the Russian overtake of Czechoslovakia, the Czech communists had the population all register their rifles, shotguns, pistols on a police regsister under a checking pretext, 99 percent complied, so just before the Russians were ” invited ” in, the Police went door to door along with their stooges and bullies and disarmed all registered owners….. ( I have first hand experience of this as my father is Czech ) fortunately now in slovakia and Czech republic, you can legally own firearms for self defence and carry concealed, it’s not perfect for being free of govt control, but much better than most in Europe, except for the Swiss and Finns.

  15. ‘Ever wonder why, in the old Frankenstein movies, the people always chased down old Frankie with farm implements? It’s because they were the only arms they people had!!!

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