For Mass Murderers, Gun Control Works
Quotes to use throughout article:“A license shall not be granted if the applicant…is a Jew.”
Mao Zedong himself says “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
For Mass Murderers, Gun Control Works: Calculated Genocide of 170 Million
Five Case Examples: The Armenian Genocide, Soviet Union, China, Nazi Germany, and Guatemala
Imagine if two-thirds of all Americans were wiped off the planet – or the equivalent populations of Germany, Spain, and France were just gone. That’s how many people have been killed by governments in the 20th Century. Those 170 Million people all were killed in calculated genocide; with no means to defend themselves (using the most sums of the conservative numbers in each case). In each case, self defense was against the law and the populations that were exterminated were targeted with first gun registration, followed by gun control legislation, then gun confiscation. In some cases, the governments passed the legislation with the intent to attack the soon-to-be unarmed populace. In other cases, like in the Nanking Massacre, an invading force took advantage of an unarmed populace. Let’s study – in brief detail – how gun control has always been an ingredient in any necessary genocide or mass murder of humans. Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
Armenian Genocide: 1.5 million Killed By Gun Control
In Turkey from 1915-1917, during the reign of the Young Turks of the Ottoman Empire developed a systematic plan to eliminate the Armenians, the largest minority in Turkey. The Armenian Holocaust is the second most studied example of Genocide in history. Public documents show the government planned on mass genocide, but kept their intentions secret at the time. One document uncovered says, “They must all be killed, men, women, and children without discrimination.” The rulers lied about their intentions, drafted the Armenians into the Army (it was World War I), separated the Armenians into brigades, and sent them to forced labor camps. In the camps, they were worked to death, starved, or murdered in groups away from public view.
In order to kill of the rest of the Armenians, it was necessary to round them up without confrontation or fighting. First, it became illegal to possess weapons without registering with the government, under punishment of imprisonment. Then it became illegal for Armenians to own guns, and they were ordered to turn them in. Police went from home to home ransacking and torturing people for their guns. Then, all Armenians were reported to go to camps. Guards forced march the Armenians to death over rough terrain in hot summer months. Those who didn’t die of exhaustion were killed by guards. Fewer than one in ten survived the march. The survivors were all butchered in the end. Overall, 1.5 million of the 2 million Armenians in all of Turkey were massacred.
Communist USSR: 60 Million Killed by Gun Control
In 1917 when the Communists came to power in the Soviet Union, they immediately passed laws making it impossible for non-party members to own firearms, “any violation of laws concerning…firearms is punishable by forced labor.” Ukraine was the breadbasket of the state, and although it craved independence, Stalin needed the grain to export and sell for industrial expansion. In 1929, Stalin decreed that all farmland, livestock, and produce are property of the state, and that everyone needed to move to government owned farms. Seven million kulaks, the best farmers, were separated and sent to forced labor camps.
For the rest, extraordinary quotas were set, enforced by soldiers with guns. Farmers started to rebel – but because of ten years of gun confiscation laws, the helpless people can fight back only with farm tools or sabotage. Since Stalin controls all food distribution, he can cut off the food and starve entire regions. He controls all travel with internal passports, and secret police can force starving dominions to remain in isolated lands without food. Powerless people cannot get plentiful food stored in grain elevators nearby protected with armed guards. Spies watched for anyone taking grain from fields; anyone caught hiding food was executed. Desperate families resorted to cannibalism. All this while Stalin increased grain exports and the West had no clue that 10 million were being killed by starvation from 1929-1934 alone. Over the entire course of Stalin’s communist rein wound up killing a total of 60 million, conservatively.
China: Nationalists or Communists Kill Perhaps 100 Million, Using Gun Bans:
In China, 1935, the Nationalist government came to power and decreed “Whoever, without authority…is found in possession of guns, shall be punished with imprisonment.” From 1942-1944, four million die in famines aggravated by government confiscation of crops.
In 1937-1944, during the Chino-Japanese War, men who refused to be drafted into the army were tortured, mutilated, and killed. Those uncooperative in the army were shot or starved to death. Four million were killed.
In 1937, during the Rape of Nanking – 225,000 Japanese soldiers advanced on the city. Chinese soldiers fled as hundreds of thousands of women, children, sick, and old people were left to the mercy of the foreign invaders. Forbidden to own firearms and lacking self defense, the people were helpless. They are raped, buried alive, burned alive, used for bayonet practice, and forced to watch as their own organs were ripped out of their bodies while still alive. The massacre takes the lives of 200,000 unarmed Chinese.
In 1949, the communists take over, and continue with their own gun bans. The people are considered tools of the government. For 38 years, the communist violence and economic experiments take the lives of between 35 and 100 million. Mao Zedong himself says “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” He knew; he controlled all the guns.
Hitler Kills 21 Million; Includes Race Specific Gun Control Bans
In January of 1933, Hitler was elected democratically. Because of a gun registration law passed just five years earlier, his government already knows which Germans own guns. “Licenses to obtain or carry firearms shall be issued only to persons whose reliability is not in doubt, and only after providing a need for them.” Mass seizures of weapons from political opponents occur through modern record keeping. Obedient gun turn-ins and violent raids reduce ordinary Germans to helplessness. Within months, the Nazis finally consolidate their power and pass their own laws – “A license shall not be granted if the applicant…is a Jew.”
In November 1938, Germans attack the Jews: looting storefronts, burning synagogues, committing murder. The next day a law stating “Jews forbidden to possess weapons” is passed, this includes a firearm, club, or sharp-edged weapon. Violators face five years in a concentration camp. Jews turn in their weapons to the police, or the Nazis storm in after them. The Jews are stripped of their power to resist. Census data and National ID Cards help tell the Nazis exactly who is a Jew. In a few days of terror, between 30,000 and 90,000 Jewish men, mostly community leaders, are arrested and sent to concentration camps – the beginning of the final solution.
All across Europe, men and women fought and resisted the Nazis, but not in Germany where Hitler seized their weapons. Between 1933 and 1945, three million political opponents were captured and sent to concentration camps, six million Jews (one million children), Gypsies, Slavs, the Disabled, Critics, and Pacifists are exterminated. Throughout Europe, 21 million people perish due to Hitler’s reign from non-combatant causes; more than half are killed inside of Germany by defenseless civilians.
Guatemala’s Gun Control Bans Helped Paramilitary Killing or Disappearing of 200,000
In Guatemala, 200,000 people were killed and disappeared in the 1980’s, as a right-wing paramilitary government attacked the left and left-sympathizers. In 1940, a gun control law was passed saying only government officials may carry firearms. In 1964, another was passed saying “All sales of firearms must be reported to the Ministry of Defense.”
All of these regimes have promised to act for the common good, but delivered tyranny instead. Many were elected democratically. None of these Genocides are made possible without gun control and confiscation. Gun registration and gun bans are always a necessary ingredient for genocide of a race or population. These are just four examples, but four of the largest examples of genocide in the 20th Century. As we enter a new century, we must study the past and learn to keep the power with ourselves and not within governments and power positions that attract corrupt mass murderers who have no respect for us human beings and our right to life and freedom.
Gun Control: A History of American Slaughter, Murder, and Imprisonment
Case Examples: Native Americans, Blacks, Japanese during WWII
Throughout the history of the United States, gun registration, restriction, or gun ban laws have been used to make the oppressed powerless. The history of gun control in the U.S. has nothing to do with protecting us from accidents or criminals, and everything to do with controlling political power.
From the beginning of white colonial settlements in North America, relationships between whites and Native Americans have been uneasy. The situation escalated when white settlers pushed further into Native lands. Throughout the settlement of North America, Native Americans have been massacred, starved, and tortured because their weapons were not equal to the whites.
In the first half of the 19th Century, millions of blacks were used as slaves in United States, mostly the south. In 1850, there were 4 million blacks as slaves. There were also 250,000 free blacks living amongst them. Many of them were working to outlaw slavery. As rebellion grew, the white majority feared uprisings – maintaining control of blacks and slaves was vital to their survival. Each state passed strict gun control laws banning blacks from having the power to protect themselves, or rise up and rebel.
America’s early disarmament laws are designed to keep one race, and once race only helpless and powerless. “No slave may use firearms even in self defense. He may hunt with firearms only…with his master’s written permission” –Louisiana Law 1806
“Free Negros may not carry firearms.” –Florida law 1831, Mississippi Law 1852, Alabama Law 1866, Louisiana Law – post civil war. “White citizen patrols “Shall enter into all Negro houses…and lawfully seize…arms, weapons…” –Florida Law 1825.
In 1865, the North won the Civil War, effectively ending slavery. Three years later, the 14th amendment was ratified; extending full citizenship and equal legal protection to blacks; at least on paper. Southern states passed different laws that are in compliance with the 14th Amendment of equal protection, in order to keep guns out of the hands of the poor blacks. “Only [high cost] army and navy model handguns may be sold.” –Tennessee Law 1870, Arkansas law 1882. “Dealers must record the race of all buyers of pistols and ammunition” -Mississippi Law 1906. “The Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed not to control guns but to control blacks.” -Robert Sherrill, journalist, gun control supporter.
Disarmament for blacks in this manner, despite the 14th amendment, did not bring peace or safety for blacks in the south. From 1880-1965, mobs lynched more than 3500 black people, sometimes for real crimes, sometimes for simply insults against whites, sometimes mobs snatched blacks from the streets or jails. They were abused, tortured, mutilated, and killed.
Defense of the poor sometimes prevails. In Colombia, South Carolina, a 14 year old girl stops a lynch mob from seizing a black prisoner, by holding a lynch mob at bay with a revolver she doesn’t even know how to shoot.
During World War II, in 1945, Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, which allowed 110,000 Japanese Americans were disarmed and sent to internment camps, or “War Relocation Centers.” Even Germans and Italian immigrants, and their American-born children were sent to camps or sent back to Europe. Two-Thirds of those put in concentration camps were U.S. citizens. In 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the exclusion and detention law, arguing that it is permissible to curtail the civil rights of a racial group when there is a "pressing public necessity." The legislation stated that government actions were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership."
Americans should be super-cautious about gun control legislation and be critical off all the one-sided hype surrounding school shootings that propose banning guns. There are bills in Congress right now that would do that. I encourage you all to become vocal supporters of the second amendment to go to Gunowners of America website and keep informed about attempts to destroy the Constitution, http://www.gunowners.org.
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
Gun Control: Disarming Civilians and Making Them Defenseless
Case Studies: Middle America, New Orleans, On Commercial Airlines (9-11), Anytime, Anywhere
On October 16, 1991, in Killeen, Texas, Doctor Suzanne Brasha was at a coffee shop with her parents. She often carried a gun for self defense but today she left it in the car in the parking lot. It is illegal to keep a concealed firearm in her purse, and she was afraid of loosing her medical license if she was caught with it. All of a sudden, a man in a truck drove into the store, jumped out of the car, and started shooting customers. Suzanne falls on the ground, reaches for her purse until she remembers that her only means of self-defense is 100 feet away in her car. The police can’t come for endless minutes. She watches as her father and mother are gunned down as she scrambles out a window towards her car. Fifty-three people die.
One early morning, on August 23rd, 2000, the children of John and Tiffany Carpenter are at home sleeping. All five kids know how to shoot, but California Law (CA Penal Code 12035), requires that guns be locked away from children. Jessica, 14, enters the kitchen with her family and sisters in bed, where a half-naked stranger awaits her with a pitch fork. He barricades the doors and windows. He has cut the phone line.
Stalking down the hallway he begins stabbing 13 year old Anna in her bed. Ashley, 9, leaps and screams in the hallway, drawing the madman away, as Ashley screams and dies. The girls all think of the gun, but can’t use it to save their sisters or brother. The three oldest girls escape, rushing to a neighbor and plead for his rifle. The neighbor fears the government would take his gun away and says no. By the time the police arrive, Ashley is dead with 138 pitchfork wounds to her face, neck, and chest. Seven year old John William has 46 wounds and is dead.
During the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Martial Law was declared and people’s guns were confiscated. Looting, crime sprees, murder, and rape occurred from citizen-turned-criminals towards thousands of innocent people. Sometimes the government just can’t protect you. Even with proper infrastructure on a normal day-to-day basis, it takes twenty minutes or more for police to show up. Actually, they only have a legal duty to show up after the crime and to report it. They are under no legal obligation to interfere or try to stop a crime. By the time they show up, the criminals already gone, your child kidnapped, or your house is robbed or your little sister or mother is raped or killed already. Good job being a parent. If you love your kids and your family, I hope you won’t rely on the government to protect you.
The supposed hijackers of the terrorist attacks of 9-11 used box cutters overtook the cockpits, crashed into three buildings, and killed 3,000 people, starting a war we can’t see ourselves out of. A few months before 9-11, a gun control law was passed, banning pilots on commercial airliners from having guns, which could have been used to protect passengers and to stop hijackings.
Once people accept being disarmed, they become surprisingly easy to control or kill. They surrender their weapons, but also their independence. When innocents are rendered so defenseless, the guilty can slaughter them with the most ordinary weapons; knives, clubs, pitchforks, or box cutters. All the above stories are true and there are many more like it. Be independent and protect yourself; “gun control” has not been proven to stop criminals, only to disarms the victims.