Pierce William Luther - Gun control in Germany 1928-1945


Author : Pierce William Luther
Title : Gun control in germany 1928-1945
Year : 1994

Link download : Pierce_William_Luther_-_Gun_control_in_Germany_1928-1945.zip

A common belief among defenders of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is that the National Socialist govemment of Germany under Adolf Hitler did not permit the private ownership of firearms . Totalitarian govemrnents, they have been taught in their high school civics classes, do not trust their citizens and do not dare permit them to keep firearms. Thus, one often he ars the statement, "Y ou know, the first thing the Nazis did when they came to power was outlaw firearms," or, "The first thing Hitler did in Germany was round up all the guns." One can understand why many American gun owners want to bclieve this. They see in the current effort of their own govemment to tak.e away their right to keep and bear arms a limitation of an esscntial clement of their freedom and a move toward tyranny, and they want to characterize the gun-grabbers in the most negative way they can. Adolf Hitler has becn vilified continuously for the past 60 years or so by the mass media in America, and certainly no politician or officeholder wants to be compared with him . 1f the gun-confiscation cffort can be portrayed con vi ncingl y as something of which Hitler would have approved, it will have been effectively tarred. This identification of the inclination to deny citizens the right to keep and bear arms with National Socialism and Adolf Hitler has becn strengthened recently by elever magazine advertisements which show Hitler with his arm outstretched in a Roman salute under a heading: "Ail in favor of gun control rai se your right hand." A Jewish group, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO), quite noisy for its size, has been especially zealous in promoting the idea that the current gun-control effort in America has its roots in Germany during the Hitler period. ...

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