Dave Hodges

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Back to the Future: Echoes from 1935 (Part Two)

We can bid farewell to our former constitutional era when Americans could say "it can't happen here." The Holocaust-inspired, heart-rending cries of "Never Forget are quickly disappearing into the winds of time.

After the 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 people, America has been plunged deep into an ever-increasingly unsafe world, and our citizens are about relearn the lessons of history that they failed to grasp in their United States History classes.

The lesson of the 20th Century genocides can no longer be dismissed as something that could never happen in America. The logic of personal self-defense should be hitting home as our country plunges deeper into the depths of fascist totalitarian control (e.g., Patriot Acts 1&2, Detainee Bill, the multitude of spying bills which allow for the spying on American citizens).

America may be on the verge of committing "National Suicide by Gun Control". The gun control advocates are positioning themselves and their gun-grabbing policies to be perfectly timed to influence people during this window of opportunity given the war on terror.

All totalitarian governments begin their invasion into civil liberties with the promise of safety from whoever plays the convenient role of the "boogey man" of the day. In Nazi Germany, the original boogey man were the communists and then the specter of boogey men kept expanding until anyone who was an enemy of the State needed to be controlled. The totalitarian pleas of "Let us protect you from yourself" ring loudly and clearly through the halls of Congress and in the Oval Office.

Gun control and gun confiscation has preceded every instance of genocide in the 20th century. How quickly we forget the lessons of history. If we ever allow government to subvert the second amendment, we very well could be witnessing a prelude to an American genocide. There is nothing as dangerous to a totalitarian regime as an educated and well-armed populace. Before we strip away our last line of defense from an increasingly totalitarian government, by acquiescing to the United Nations and American advocates for gun control, perhaps we should examine the end game resulting from past gun control efforts:

1. In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915-1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves against their ethnic-cleansing government, were arrested and exterminated.

2. In 1929, the former Soviet Union established gun control as a means of controlling the "more difficult" of their citizens. From 1929 to the death of Stalin, 20 million Soviets met an untimely end at the hand of various governmental agencies as they were arrested and exterminated.

3. After the rise of the Nazi's, Germany established their version of gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill, and others, who were unable to defend themselves against the "Brown shirts", were arrested and exterminated.

4. After Communist China established gun control in 1935, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves against their fascist leaders, were arrested and exterminated.

5. Closer to home, Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayans, unable to defend themselves against their ruthless dictatorship, were arrested and exterminated.

6. Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves from their dictatorial government, were arrested and exterminated.

7. Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million of the "educated" people, unable to defend themselves against their fascist government, were arrested and exterminated.

The total numbers of victims who lost their lives because of gun control is approximately 60 million people in the 20th century. The historical voices from 60 million corpses speak loudly and clearly to those Americans who are advocating for tighter gun control legislation.

Frighteningly, American gun control legislation is imitating Hitler's Nazi Germany gun control legislation. Consider the key provisions of the Nazi Weapons Act of 1938 and compare it with the United States Gun Control Act of 1968. The parallels of both the provisions and the legal language are eerily similar.

The Nazi Weapons Act of 1938

1. Classified guns for sporting purposes.

2. All Germans desiring to purchase firearms had to register with the Nazi officials and submit to a background check.

3. The law assumed that non-Nazi German citizens were hostile and thereby exempted Nazi's from the gun control law.

4. The Nazi's assumed unrestricted power to decide what kinds of firearms could, or could not, be owned by private persons.

5. The types of ammunition that were legal were subject to control by governmental bureaucrats.

6. Citizens under 18 years of age could not buy firearms and ammunition.

United States Gun Control Act of 1968

1. Introduced term "sporting purpose."

2. Exempted government agencies from the controls which applied to law-abiding citizens.

3. Age restrictions of 18 years and 21 years were applied to anyone who wished to purchase firearms and ammunition.

4. Authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to decide what firearms could or could not be owned by private persons.

5.The types of ammunition that were legal were subject to control by governmental bureaucrats.

6. Age restriction of 18 years and 21 years were applied to anyone who wished to purchase firearms and ammunition.

Thomas Jefferson was very clear in his writings regarding the right to bear arms. Jefferson knew that the preservation of the Republic ultimately rested upon a well-armed citizenry. Jefferson felt it was absolutely necessary for American citizens to be able to protect themselves. The protection that Jefferson spoke of was not from our obvious enemies of the day (France and Britain), but from our own government. Jefferson made this point quite clear when he admonished future generations of Americans to fulfill their duty to overthrow a government that failed to serve the needs of the majority of its citizens.

Private ownership of guns is the necessary component needed to fulfill the Jeffersonian mandate for national self-defense. Yet, increasingly and reminiscent of Nazi Germany, the United States government is incrementally chipping away at private citizens right to own a gun. Why? FBI statistics clearly show that 90% of the guns used in the commission of a crime are stolen! Does the government really believe that criminals, both American citizens and illegal aliens, as well as terrorists, are suddenly going to perform their civic duty and immediately register their guns? How is America better-served if the only ones who don't have access to guns are the law-abiding citizens? So, one must ask who are the gun control laws designed to protect and why?

When one considers that the nation is on the cusp of implementing a fascist-type of national ID card (see part one of "Back to the Future: Echoes From 1935" [Part One] http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Editorial-Page.htm?InfoNo=010671) combined with an increasingly aggressive set of legislative attempts designed to separate Americans from their guns, Americans should be asking why.

Never forget!"

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