A Gunfight On Every Streetcorner?
by Vin Suprynowicz
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
In response to my July 11 column, pointing out there were no serial
killings in Santa Clara, California over the Fourth of July weekend
thanks to an armed gun-store employee who was able to put a stop to a
would-be mass murderer's rampage before it got started, one B.R.
wrote in, asserting:
"So, if'n we arm everyone, we can have real Viet Cong type
snipers and fire fights every Time we get a hankerin. ..."
Greetings, B.R. --
In Switzerland, every head of household -- being a member of the
militia -- is expected to keep a machine gun in his home. No one
pretends this right and duty has anything to do with fending off
bears or Wild Indians ... or even "legitimate sporting use" (a phrase
coined by Joseph Goebbels.) Yet firefights are notably rare in that
extremely peaceful, modern industrial nation.
Before 1912, when there was no "gun control" in this nation and
machine guns could be purchased through the mail, foreign visitors
found America one of the most peaceful and polite nations on earth --
a condition which six decades of "gun control" and the accompanying
Cult of the Omnipotent State are now, finally, beginning to destroy.
In Germany and elsewhere in Eastern Europe in the 1920s, most
citizens -- notably including the Jews -- tried to prove they were
"law-abiding" by turning in their firearms as required by law. Many
of them found cause to regret that decision in the years immediately
after 1939. In desperation and at incalculable expense, the Jews of
the Warsaw ghetto did finally fight a two-month rebellion against
their armed oppressors. (Why is it those who say they "want to get
rid of all the guns" can only laugh at our silliness when we propose
that they start by disarming their own government police? Can it be
they don't really mean everyone would give up their guns, at
all -- that they instead mean to duplicate here the government
monopoly on arms which prevailed in Nazi-occupied Europe from
1939 to 1945?)
Starting on April 19, 1943 (a date which Janet Reno and Bill Clinton
decided to commemorate quite remarkably in 1993), those residents of
the Warsaw ghetto launched a hopeless rebellion with only 14 rifles
and fewer than 50 pistols. (You can still read all about in Leon
Uris' great novel, MILA 18.) That rebellion nonetheless proved to the
world that -- pushed to the limit -- Jews could fight to
defend their children and their culture from utter extinction, and
fight with nearly superhuman zeal. It was, in great measure, that
demonstration which made thinkable the birth of the sovereign modern
nation of Israel, in 1948.
(And here we find another nation, by the way -- like peaceful
Switzerland -- where no one has to worry any longer about children
being shot up by terrorists or madmen in the schools. And why not?
Because the Israelis finally wised up and issued their teachers
semi-automatic pistols, at which point terrorism in Israeli schools
stopped overnight. Oh, sorry, was I not supposed to bother your with
any inconvenient facts?)
Are you saying you believe the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto had no right
to revolt against those who had imposed "gun control" upon them --
and who were starving their children, raping their women, shipping
off hundreds of thousands of their neighbors and family members to
the extermination camps, and otherwise casually shooting them down in
the streets like dogs? That if you had it in your power, you would
see to it that they started their revolt with fewer than 14
rifles and a few dozen pistols?
If I had it in my power to go back to that time and place and carry
along one thing, I would take them a .30-caliber Browning machine
gun, and as many loaded ammo belts as I could carry.
Instead, I can only strive to prevent it all from happening again ...
For what are you willing to dedicate your life? To see this becomes a
nation of disarmed slaves, subject to the whim of an armed,
para-military police force? If so, then I am glad to discover I have
finally found the person for whom I was long ago entrusted with a
message. It was you, it turns out, whom Samuel Adams was addressing
when he said, at the Philadelphia State House on August 1, 1776: "If
ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in
peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the
hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may
posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
You -- the smug, fascist toadie.
Vin Suprynowicz is assistant editorial page editor of the Las Vegas
Review-Journal. His new book,
Send in the Waco Killers: Essays on the Freedom Movement, 1993-1998
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