"Lust of power is the most flagrant of all the passions," quoted Tacitus, and R. J. Rummel in "Power Kills," explained how repressive governments unimpeded by armed citizens murdered 174 million of their own people between 1900 and 1987, versus 38.5 million killed in all foreign wars.
We should never forget Germany's history for it too was a Republic until 1933, when a theatrical orator and charismatic leader was elected promising change and prosperity to an economically depressed nation. After assuming leadership Hitler issued an emergency decree authorizing the government to seize executive power and suspend citizens constitutional guarantees of personal liberty.
This Enabling Act allowed the Nazis to exploit Germany's Firearm Registration Law of 1928 and confiscate weapons from those who resisted the party's dictatorial supremacy. Then in 1938 handguns were banned, Jews disarmed, and only those allowed firearms were the armed forces, police, and Nazi party members. Still Nazi Germany was considered the most advanced and educated nation in the world until they invaded Poland in 1939.
Aaron Zelman in "Gun Control, Gateway to Tyranny," describes how 6 million Jews and 14 million undesirables were murdered by the Nazis, and why Germany's experience should be a warning to all Americans that genocide could be forced upon them someday, if they foolishly allow the government to license, register, ban, and confiscate their firearms.
America's state and local governments did little to protect Blacks from mobs, terrorists, and lynching between 1882 and 1968 when 3,446 were murdered, and during WW2 our government forced 110,000 Japanese-American citizens into internment camps. Randy weavers wife and son were murdered by federal agents at Ruby Ridge in 1992, and then using the same tactics the Nazis used to exterminate the remaining Jews in Warsaw's Ghettoes, they cremated 82 Branch Davidians at Waco in 1993.
William L. Emick
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